University awards Pool Academy students

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University officials have awarded a group of Pool Academy students for their excellence during a special event recently.

The University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, staff invited the students to its Excellence Awards Cornwall Ceremony on May 2.

The group were given badges in recognition of their positive contribution to the school as well as achieving well in studies.

Martin Caldwell was given the “Year 10 Star of the Year” award.

Cameron Friggens, from Year 8, was given an award for his contribution to the school. This included being a lead in school productions where he showed ‘creativity like no other’ and taking part in sporting events.

Cameron said “It was a good event.

“I was pleased to have been given the award. Being invited to the evening was special for us.”

Arwen Taylor, Year 8, was awarded for being a keen, young writer for the school website as well as setting up an improvisational comedy club for fellow students.

She said it was an exciting evening and she enjoyed the food and some of the speakers that night.

Claire Meakin, Principal of Pool Academy, said: “We were incredibly proud to attend the Excellence Awards Ceremony at University of Exeter.

“Well done to everyone recognised for their simply outstanding achievements.  A particular well done to Martin Caldwell for being recognised as the Year 10 Star of the Year.

“We loved listening to the inspirational keynote speech from an ex-Pool student, Dr Nathan Mayne.”

Last year more than 80 awards were presented to students from across the South West Peninsular of Cornwall. They were rewarded for their Academic Achievement, Artistic Achievement, Sporting Achievement and Positive Contribution to their school or community.