Pool Academy welcomes a new member of staff

Pool Academy staff are welcoming a new member to their team after a vigorous two-day interview process.


Cris Heartford will be joining Pool Academy as Head of Faculty for English and MFL.

In 1995 Mr Heartford graduated with an English degree from Liverpool John Moores University. He started teaching two decades ago after spending a number of years living in Tenerife and New Zealand.

His career to date has typically involved working in coastal schools around Devon and Cornwall.  He is passionate about motivating children to ‘dream big’ and delivering inspiring educational experiences.  This has seen him organising events in Cornish schools including Space evenings, Elizabethan days and lectures from the producer of Blue Planet.

Mr Heartford wishes to bring enthusiasm, excitement and his motivational experience to the school. His vision for the role is helping deliver an academic experience worthy of the students of Pool Academy.

When asked, he said he was looking forward to starting at Pool Academy because ‘it is a really special educational community and I want to be part of its journey to being one of the best schools in Cornwall’.

Claire Meakin, Principal at Pool Academy, said: “We are incredibly excited that Cris is joining us. He was very popular with the students and staff during the interview process and we look forward to welcoming him to the Academy”.

Christiana Richardson