Former student invited to UN Convention

A former student has been invited to take part in the UN Convention of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Francesca Goff, who left Pool Academy last summer, is due to visit Geneva this week. She will be travelling with another young man to represent the ‘Time to Shine’ project they are involved with. The project is part of the Cornwall Accessible Activities Program (CAAP).

Annmarie Goff, Francesca’s mother, said: “The convention coincides with World Downs Syndrome day on March 21. Francesca will be addressing a side meeting regarding employment opportunities.

“She is going to be reading a poem written by Paul Horan, Assistant Professor at Trinity College, Dublin. It was inspired by the words of a Special Olympic Ambassador at the 2003 games in Dublin.

“We are very proud of her.”

During her time at Pool Academy Francesca helped to scoop a grant of £46,6500 from The People’s Project for the Time to Shine’ project. She created posters, had a stall at Pool Market, travelled to Newquay and visited friends and family asking for their support.

Pool Academy also displayed flyers across its building to get people involved.
Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “It is brilliant to hear Francesca is continuing to do so well since leaving Pool Academy.

“We are incredibly proud of our students, past and present, and their wonderful achievements. We love hearing what they get up to.

“I hope Francesca has a brilliant time in Geneva.”

Christiana Richardson