Former student says you are good enough

A former prefect who recently graduated with a business management degree wants students to know they have the potential and choice to be whatever they want to be. 

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Ellie Cope was a student at Pool Academy from 2009 until 2013 and enjoyed studying Food Technology, English and Sociology.

Progressing though the school years she was determined to go into hairdressing - but today her career has taken a different path.

When Ellie started working in the offices of a well-known bakery, in Scorrier, she did so well she became office manager. She then achieved a qualification in Customer Service and last year completed a degree in Business Management.

She said: “I always thought I was going to do hairdressing when I left school but I’ve learnt that nothing is ever set in stone and you can do whatever you set your mind to.

“When I left Pool Academy I did study hairdressing but realised it wasn’t for me. I started to look for something new and that’s when I started at Prima Bakeries in Scorrier. I began as a part-time employee until I eventually, by working hard, made my way to the top.

“Last year I completed a degree in business management. By doing this I managed to purchase my own house last year with my boyfriend.
“Having someone believe in you. I am more confident and believe I can do anything I set my mind to. 

“I would like to tell the current Pool Academy students to never believe you can’t do something.

“Just do the best you can.”