Effective Learning and Revision - Presentation for Year 10 Parents and Students

As our Year 10 move towards their final GCSE year, many students will feel under work pressure. It is important that such pressure does not cause undue stress, or revision become counterproductive. Some students can find revision emotionally and practically challenging.  In past years, a number of parents have also reported to us that they would be keen to know more about how to support their child’s learning and revision. Students have already had guidance from subject teachers but we are keen to find ways to further ensure our students know how to use strategies to revise steadily and effectively.

With this in mind, we are fortunate to have been able to engage a speaker, Dr. Martijn van der Spoel, to talk to Year 10 students and parents about supporting effective learning on the evening of Wednesday 10th July, in the main hall at 6.30pm. The session will finish at approx. 7.30pm.  

Dr. van der Spoel is a chartered psychologist, who specialises in using the mind as an effective tool for life learning. He will talk about how students can learn to balance focus, motivation and study behaviour and ways in which parents can guide and support this through creative and constructive guidance. The presentation has a significant, but accessible, emphasis on the psychology behind the strategies of learning. Both students and parents should leave the session not only with the "how" but also with the "why" of effective learning. Examples and insights from research will be used to illustrate how you can support your child’s learning.

We do hope you and your child will be able to join us on Wednesday 10th July at 6.30pm. We would be grateful if you would complete the attached letter and return to school main reception to let us know if you do intend to attend.

Effective Learning and Revision PDF

Effective Learning and Revision Word

Kind regards,

Mr N Williams
Head of Year 10

Year 10 iPad collection - Wed 10th & Thur 11th July

Dear Parent / Carer,

As part of our commitment to the access of new technology for all, we are updating our student iPads in September. It has been three years since our last upgrade and significant improvements have been made in these devices, the apps we install & the software used to manage them. We will also be using this refresh to fit new cases and screen protectors to make sure they are even better protected.

As part of this, we will need to collect your child’s existing iPad.

This will happen Wed 10th & Thur 11th July. The iPads will be collected during tutor time.

If there are any issues around this or if the iPad has become lost or broken, please contact the IT department as soon as possible.

There is no need to reset the device as our IT team will be wiping each one. Your child will be advised of the steps they need to carry out to ensure their work is moved to the new iPads. This simply means saving documents to google drive, google classroom, showbie or emailing them to themselves.

We will issue a new iPad to your child in September.

The new devices will be the larger 9.7” iPad, not the iPad Mini we have used up until now.

The policy and rules with the iPads will remain the same, including the restriction on installing apps and filtered internet that turns off at 9pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You can find more information about our iPad scheme on the school website. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the continued success of this project.

Peter Wilson
Network Manager
pw@poolacademy.co.uk


Monthly Letter - June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

At this time of year, as well as planning for the future, we are looking back over what has been another successful year for the academy.  We were sad to say goodbye to Year 11 at the Leavers’ Assembly on Wednesday 11th June, although we look forward to seeing them again at the Prom on 3rd July at Tregenna Castle.  We were equally delighted to welcome our new students and parents on our Year 6 induction days and evening.  

The last week of June was a very busy and exciting week for Pool Academy students.  All our Year 10 students organised a week’s placement for themselves with a business.  The students experienced the world of work with employers such as RNAS Culdrose, Mylor Yacht Club, Goonhilly Earth Station, Western Power Distribution, Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre, Tehidy Country Park and Pendennis Shipyard not to mention schools, shops, garages and other local businesses.  

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

A group of 16 students set off from Pool Academy recently to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Exhibition  to earn their bronze award. They walked 18 kilometres, plus some extra ones thanks to a few wrong turns, on the Great Flat Lode and through nearby villages.  The two-day adventure saw them carrying all their own equipment, camping overnight and making their own meals. The students also picked up litter they found along the route they had planned themselves.

Thirteen students from the Academy took part  in the Trevictus Games recently where they did Archery, curling, basketball, football and more.  The weather stayed dry and all those taking part in the event, organised by Trevithick Primary School, seemed to have a lovely time.  We are thankful to Trevithick Primary School staff for inviting us and we look forward to next year’s games.

As part of PSHE Day, students were put through their paces recently when members of the army arrived to show them what life is like in that career.  A number of problem solving and physical activities were created for Year 9s to take part in. Students were split into four groups and sent to different workshops. These included steering a remote control vehicle around a course using coding, working in teams to solve problems and taking part in an assault course on a school field. They were also given a talk by members of the Royal Artillery Cornwall who said they went around the country promoting their core. They spoke about ‘strike elements’ and ‘find targets’ and explained about some of the technology they use including drones.  One student said: “The assault course was tough. I am glad I did it though. I enjoyed my time with the army, it was a good PSHE day.” During the day there were also other activities taking place including a talk on Resilience and a session with a Young Person's Service 'YZUP'.

Kind-hearted students who raised hundreds of pounds for charity were invited to go and see the work their money will be helping.  A group from Year 8 held a number of fundraisers, including a sponsored haircut, a bake sale and a day-long football event. The activities saw students raising a total of £511.11 for Children’s Hospice South West.  The group were invited to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice to see the work the charity does and were given a tour of the building. The staff at the Little Harbour were really impressed with how polite and smart all the students were and said that they were a credit to Pool Academy.  Well done to all the students that helped to raise this incredible amount.

Since our announcement back in February that we are forming closer working relationships with the Crofty Multi Academy Trust, we have made good progress in building a shared team that deals with the operational aspects of all schools’ developments. Together we have been able to get better deals across a range of purchases and have delivered savings that both Pool Academy and Crofty have benefited from.  Senior leaders from Pool Academy and Crofty are also working on a joined up strategy to improve standards in reading which will span all year groups and will be reflecting on our Primary to Secondary transition programme to ensure all students and parents have the very best experiences. We will continue to keep you in the loop as the partnership gains momentum.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries this half term:

JuneDates.png

For your future reference, I can confirm that the start of the new academic year for students will be on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal


Monthly Letter - May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

The month of May absolutely flew by and now we have a quick half term before the summer holiday. I have tried to list as many calendar items as I can below. If you are ever unsure about a date or time though, please get in touch through enquiries@poolacademy.co.uk and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

Last month we saw our Year 11s start their exams in full. Their dedication to their revision and their determination to succeed has been incredibly impressive. They have attended activity and revision weekends, half term workshops and Friday evening practise and pizza sessions. They have been strong role models for our younger year groups and I know that our Year 10s will demonstrate the same positive approach to their end of year exams later this month.

Throughout last year we saw Holly Campbell (Head Girl) and Matthew Daddow (Head Boy) really embrace their leadership roles and lead a number of significant initiatives with the support of their prefects and student leadership team. This included a significant project on combating loneliness and involved a number of visits to support members of our community, along with regular presentations to our local councillors. Last month we appointed 30 new prefects and I know they are incredibly excited to start their leadership journey. I am delighted to introduce to you our senior prefect team who have already started to work with the other prefects and student leadership team to devise their community projects. Aleksander Ignaciuk (Head Boy), Katie Parrott (Head Girl), Eve Fouracre and Izzy Hayter (Deputy Head Girls), Alex Barker and Revan Murton (Deputy Head Boys).

We also made a number of really exciting staffing appointments and I know these staff are keen to introduce themselves to you. Over the next half term we’ll be publishing stories about them on our website and Facebook page so please do look out for them.

Students from Holland visited Pool Academy recently as part of their cultural trip to Devon and Cornwall. There was much excitement in the academy as students greeted members of the Montessori High School from Friesland, in the Netherlands. The visiting group included about 37 children from Year 10 and three teachers. During the day they were given a tour of the academy. They then helped lead an art class and took part in sports on the school’s Multi Use Games Area. The students from Holland said they were impressed by Pool Academy’s ‘beautiful grounds’ and thought it was a big school. They were also amazed by the range of subjects taught at Pool Academy.

We were thrilled to be invited to the Annual General Meeting for Carn Brea Parish Council to see yet another student congratulated for their outstanding achievements. Megan was awarded the Marise Levenson Memorial Award for her incredible contribution to the community. Well done Megan! And a huge thank you to Cllr Drew and all the members of Carn Brea Parish Council for including us in your celebration! We look forward to celebrating many more community achievements at our Annual Community Awards evening on 17th July - we do hope you can join us on that evening.

Redruth Charity Trust members held their Youth Sports Award evening at the academy recently where they made the donation of a Junior Hockey Goalkeeping kit which included hockey bibs and goalkeeping pads. We are really grateful to Redruth Charity Trust for their generous donation. Our hockey team are delighted to receive the new kit and can't wait to get out and play.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries this half term:

DatesMay.JPG

For your future reference, I can confirm that the start of the new academic year for students will be on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal


Monthly Letter- April 2019

30th April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

With over 2 weeks off, April has absolutely flown by but there’s still been so much to celebrate.  Our students continue to impress us with their dedication to their studies, their huge range of extra-curricular activities and their support for others.

Last week we held interviews for a Vice Principal role and I am delighted to inform you that we appointed Mr Nick Ward.  Nick has significant senior leadership experience across a number of schools and will be working with staff, students and yourselves next year to secure the very best outcomes for every individual.  After a very positive 2 days of interviewing, we also have appointed Cris Heartford to the team. I have no doubt that many of you will have heard about his wonderful assembly and I know the staff and students are very excited about him joining us.

All subjects’ schemes of learning for the Summer term are available on the Pool Academy website - they can be found under Information for Parents then Topics. Students have been given a homework diary to record and check off their homework. Please can you check and sign the diary each week, form tutors will also be checking them. You can find a homework timetable on the school website under Information for Parents then Homework, so you will know which subjects will be setting homework each day.

Following our really successful Community Citizenship awards evening last summer, Mr Hamblin and the team, are busily collating this year’s active citizens. So many of our children are involved in community projects and really go that extra mile for others. However, many are very humble about their efforts, and do not like to ‘brag’ about what they are doing. This is where you come in. If your child, or another child you know who attends Pool Academy, is involved in anything that models working for others, and being a really ‘good citizen’ we need you to tell us all about it. Their names will then go forward for a chance to be publicly recognised for their efforts at our next awards evening.  Please email nh@poolacademy.co.uk, or let me know, and I will forward your suggestions to Mr Hamblin.

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of our Year 7 students who we have showcased on our website. It has been fabulous to learn about their hobbies and interests including making fur animal suits, writing comic book and excelling in sport. You can read about it yourself at http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 We try to update our website and Facebook page regularly so please keep following the fabulous stories about our exceptional students.

Last term was a busy one in the Performing Arts faculty, culminating in two brilliant showcases of talent and enthusiasm of our young people . The first, our Crofty Spring Concert, saw 150 Primary students from 9 primary schools in the area come together and perform. Each Choir sang a song and then we all joined together to perform A Million Dreams from The Great Escape, accompanied by our fantastic school band. It was a wonderful experience to see and hear so many students together. Each school had been working hard to practice and rehearse so it was truly wonderful to hear them sing in unison. We are so proud of the students and can’t wait to hear more from our Primary Choirs! In the evening of the same day, our students performed a fantastic evening of comedy, song, theatre and dance at our Night at the Musicals. Students from Pool showcased performances they have been working on, in some cases since September, and it really highlighted the high quality of performers we have in the Academy.

Last month we welcomed many of you to a meeting about a possible collaboration with Crofty Multi Academy Trust.  Since that meeting we have held further discussions with members from Crofty Trust, along with meeting a number of you for individual meetings.  Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. I am pleased to say that the relationship between ourselves and all Crofty primary schools is going from strength to strength and students both from the primary schools and Pool Academy are benefiting from opportunities to learn together.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries this half term:

Date

Activity

Time

School lead & contact email

30th April: Friends of Pool Academy Meeting

6pm-7pm

Music room 2

Mr McKenzie

wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

6th May: Bank holiday

15th May: PSHE day

Mrs Neesham

lne@poolacademy.co.uk

16th May: Year 7 Parents’ Evening

4.30pm-6.30pm

Mr Roberts

dro@poolacademy.co.uk

Half Term: 27th - 31st May


For your future reference, I can confirm that the start of the new academic year for students will be on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

  

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal



Year 11 Parent Update Easter 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to update you with the next steps for Year 11s leading up to their GCSE exams.  

Recent Events:

Firstly, a massive well done to all the students with the completion of their Core Mock exams. Students have all received their mock results and have gone through their papers in lessons with their teachers to identify their successes and are targeting the questions they need to work on. Staff are proud that the progress from their last exams is definitely moving in the right direction.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening was superbly attended and we hope that parents found the opportunity to speak to the teachers positive and insightful. Please, if you were unable to get an appointment with any members of staff,  ring or email the teacher and they will be happy to discuss the progress of your child.

Support:

The majority of Year 11 now have a brilliant routine of attending our after school and before school revision sessions. There is something on every evening from 3-4pm and every subject is holding specific sessions on at least one day each week. Every student has an individualised timetable with their targeted intervention sessions placed either in the school day or as a breakfast or after school session.  These specialised revision boosters should be seen as compulsory as they really could make a difference to their final outcomes at Pool so please do continue the wonderful encouragement of your child to keep attending.

We have also had some brilliant Maths revision weekends with over half the year group spending their Saturday and Sunday in sunny Dorset climbing, abseiling and on the ‘Big Swing’ as well as completing a couple of Maths tasks thrown in there. We look forward to another core based revision weekend on the horizon at the end of April. Offering support for English, Maths and Science

We have just invited the company ‘Positively Mad’ to work with Year 11 with their ‘Exam Booster’ session last Thursday to help us with this final run up to exams. They offered some great top tips on how to retain information, memory tools and techniques to keep calm and focused in the exam build up. We hope that the students will feel energized, enthusiastic and far better prepared for their workload and their exams.

EASTER Revision Sessions:

Over the Easter Holidays the school is offering a number of revision days and sessions throughout the 2 weeks. There is something on offer every day except the weekends and the schedule has been sent out to students, staff and recently texted to parents and put on the school website and Facebook. It would definitely be beneficial for your child to attend the subjects they need to focus on.

There will also be the opportunity for students to come in on the Saturdays before their English exams in May and June with the English department for some final  exam booster sessions and paper practise before the real thing.

Year 11 Leavers Day

The last school day for Year 11 will be Wednesday 12th June.  Year 11 will have their normal school day from 8.30am till 12:10 pm and then a leavers’ assembly from 12:10 pm to 12:40 pm. Students then can go on study leave from 12:40 pm. Students will be expected to be in school uniform for this day. We do appreciate that in the past students have asked their friends and staff to sign a shirt as part of a last day tradition. We ask that if students want to do this they bring a spare shirt for signing: students must not have signatures on the shirts they are wearing, and all comments must be appropriate as our younger students will really look up to our Year 11s doing this.

While students are on study leave from the 12th June, teachers will still be available to see them and support them with their revision during their timetabled lessons.  If students wish to come in after study leave commences, they must make sure they sign in at reception. They do not have to be in uniform for these revision sessions.

We would like to remind you that the Year 11 students must return their i-Pads to the school before they leave. We would like this to happen on Friday 14th June straight after the students have had their Science exam. We will need them to hand in their devices before they leave the school site that day.

Exams:

Students must arrive in good time for their examinations – at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their examination. If it is a morning exam we will have the main hall open from 8:30am for breakfast and final exam tips before they enter the exam at 8:50am. Seating plans will always be in the student reception. It is important to remember that students have to come into school in their full uniform for examinations.  Once the exam series is finished, any donations of uniform for our second hand uniform sale are very much welcomed.

If you require an additional copy of the exam timetable please email our exams officer, Tina Rowe: tr@poolacademy.co.uk

Prom/Yearbooks and Hoodies:

The Yearbook  and Prom committee are well on the way of organising some memorable celebrations at Tregenna Castle on Wednesday the 3rd of July. The Prom committee held a very successful cake sale on Friday to raise funds towards their decorations and entertainment. We look forward to sending the students off in style that evening!

Finally, a massive thank-you to you all for your support with your son and daughter and with the Academy. We really do have high hopes for their exam results in August and please congratulate them on their wonderful hard work so far.

Please do not hesitate to email me or contact me if you have any questions or queries.

I hope you all have a wonder Easter!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jodie Phillips

Head of Year 11

jp2@poolacademy.co.uk

Heads of Faculties (HoFS)

aja@poolacademy.co.uk- Alastair James - Mathematics, Geography and History

tb@poolacademy.co.uk- Tim Bareham- Science, DT and Computing

sjo@poolacademy.co.uk- Sam Joyce - English, Sociology and Modern Languages

ecr@poolacademy.co.uk- Emily Cromey- Music, Drama, PE and Art.

Parent Governor Elections

There is a vacancy on the Governing Body of the school for the category of Parent Governor. You are invited to nominate any parent or carer of a child on the register of the school for election. A nomination form is enclosed and further forms are available from the Principal. Please note that you cannot seek nomination if you are an elected member of Cornwall Council or if you are contracted to work at the school for 500 hours or more between 1st August and 31st July. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Principal at the School by 12 noon on 1st April 2019.

Nomination Form

Monthly Letter - February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers


As you may know a number of parents/carers meet regularly with the school under the name of Friends of Pool Academy: these meetings are open to all. This is a helpful forum for discussing how we can continue to improve the educational experience for our students. The date of our next meeting is 12th March at 6pm and we would be delighted if you could join us in the Main Hall.  We have a number of exciting initiatives under way or in the planning and we want to share as much of this with you as possible and that is why both myself, Mr Bramley, our Chair of Governors, and one of our Members, Clive Steel, will be joining you at the meeting on 12th March. I do hope to see you there.

This year’s Mock Interview Day was an amazing success and it was wonderful to hear people praising our students for their ‘outstanding’ behaviour.  We are incredibly grateful to all the representatives from local businesses and colleges who gave up their valuable time to help out. It was thanks to them that our students got to experience what it is like to take part in a ‘real-world’ interview.  It was wonderful to see our students dressed smartly and taking part so maturely. We had so much good feedback with the interviewers saying our young people were ‘really positive’, ‘very confident’, and ‘very impressive’. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who worked hard to make the event a such a success. Since then I have also heard of more community members offering to come forward and help us next year.

A group of Year 10s, who have been studying Germany and Hitler at school for GCSE, were given the chance to walk down the streets they had been learning about in the classroom when they went to Berlin.  On the Monday students were taken on a two-hour walking tour of Berlin before going up the TV tower with the fastest elevator in Europe. During the evening they visited the Reichstag building.  Tuesday saw them taking a guided tour of the Olympic Stadium and a visit to Brandenburg Gate - a symbol of Berlin. Students then moved on to Poland ready for more adventures including visiting Schindlers Factory, a museum illustrating Jewish life in the war and a walk around a Jewish Ghetto. They visited the world famous salt mine with chapels carved out of salt and then went on to Auschwitz Concentration camp where they spent the whole day.

The final countdown is on for the School Production and ticket sales are due to open very soon. The dates are 1st, 2nd and 4th April. We are very excited about this year’s show “High School Musical” and rehearsal are well underway. Look out for more information via our Facebook page and website.

We have had a fantastic response to our first exhibition at the Pool Academy Art Gallery which has garnered national interest from the likes of Radio 4 and the regional magazine Cornwall Today. Our students were able to meet the artists whose work was exhibited and took a lead role in placing and curating the exhibition itself. We look forward to welcoming more students, staff and parents to more exhibitions as this exciting project matures. The Gallery is currently hosting a series of exhibitions of works from the Cornwall Schools Art Collection, a fascinating collection of works donated since the 1960s by local and national artists including Barbara Hepworth. We will soon be opening our doors to the wider community and I will send further details nearer the time. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more, getting involved or even just coming to have a look at the exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cromey our Head of Faculty for Performing Arts and PE.

The Academy always aims to recognise students’ achievements and praise them for their efforts.  We do have high expectations for our students’ conduct though so unfortunately in some cases a detention is deemed necessary. Our detention system is outlined in the behaviour school policy and they run each day after school. We ask that parents support with this system and if a detention notification, via text, is given, then suitable arrangements to collect your child are put in place. The school cannot facilitate detentions during the school day and although we do appreciate this can be challenging for parents and carers, we would ask for support in this matter.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries next half term:

dates.JPG

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal



Chartwells and School Meals

27th February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to give you a quick update with regards to Chartwells.

I am grateful for the parents who spoke with me directly today about their child’s experience of the lunchtime provision provided by Chartwells.  I will continue to work on behalf of the students to ensure they receive the very highest standard and availability of food.

I have spoke to Chartwells on a number of occasions today and they are keen to engage fully with students and parents.  They are proposing the following activities:

  • Chartwells staff will meet with the student leadership team next Tuesday.  This will give the students the opportunity to have their opinions and experiences heard, along with giving them the chance to get to know the Chartwells team better.

  • In preparation for the student leadership team meeting next week, we will be asking tutor group representatives and tutors to gather the thoughts of the students so that they can accurately relay them to Chartwells on Tuesday.

  • Following the student leadership team meeting, Chartwells would like to host a family engagement event on Tuesday 12th March, 5pm - 7pm.  During this session, families will be invited to try foods specifically on the Pool Academy menu, along with meeting the Chartwells team.

We will continue to listen to the voice of our students and that of their parents and carers.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope to see many of you on 12th March,

Kind regards,
Claire


Spring 2 update

We wanted to give you a quick update on a few key dates, along with some information about intervention sessions available this halfterm:

Year 11 Parents’ evening is on Thursday 7th March (4:30pm - 6:30pm) and we will be sending information about how to book appointments after halfterm.

We also have our final Core (+ History) MOCK week, Monday 4th - Friday 8th March.

To ensure we are fully supporting your child in the final approach to their exams, we have reviewed where intervention sessions would be possible, either during the school day or immediately before / afterwards. These sessions have been added to your child’s timetable and we would very strongly encourage them to attend all the recommended sessions.

You should have received login details this afternoon so you can access your child’s timetable. If you would like any support with this, please get in touch.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards,


Mrs Abi Ludlow - Assistant Principal
al@poolacademy.co.uk

Miss Claire Meakin - Principal
principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Monthly Letter - January 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

This term has proved to be a very busy but hugely exciting one already.   Plans for a Cadet Force at Pool Academy are flourishing.  In November last year the school was given permission by the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education to set up a MOD sponsored Army Section Detachment of the Combined Cadet Force.  This will make Pool Academy CCF one of only a few Royal Logistics Corps 'badged' Cadet units. Training for adult instructors will start this month with a view to the Detachment officially opening in September 2019.  The cadet force at Pool Academy will be for students aged between 12 and 18 years old and will provide challenging activities in a safe environment using the values and standards of the Armed forces.

A doctor and former Pool Academy student returned to school recently to help inspire and mentor others.  Cara Swain, a trainee surgeon at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, captivated Year 9s when she spoke to them about her journey from Pool Academy student to qualified doctor and now to training to become a surgeon.  She also spoke about her time in the Navy with photographs illustrating her experiences whilst overseas. Cara welcomed questions and one student asked what was one of her most difficult operations. She told them about the time she re–implanted a man’s fingers.  After her speech Cara agreed to mentor four Year 9 students to help them aspire to achieve their goals. She has asked for other ex-students to do the same and help to inspire the next generation.

We have recently received great results for some of our Year 11 students.  Forty-one students have already  passed their NCFE VCert Level 2 Health and Fitness examination.  Students still have some coursework to complete but this sets them on a really positive path for the coming months.  

We are excited to announce that we have received funding from the National Heritage Fund and the National Lottery to help support the Pool School Art Gallery.  On Saturday 2nd February there will be a private view of the gallery from 2 - 4pm.  Following this we are really looking forward to sharing with you news about the exciting opportunities for the whole community to experience this unique Centre of Excellence.

Our school production of High School Musical is well under way and you will have seen our recent articles on the Pool Academy website and social media focusing in on some of our fantastic young performers. The next few weeks are going to be very busy for Mr Best and our cast putting all the final preparations in place.

Mr Ford organised a really exciting event at the start of the term, inviting Olympic Athlete, Stef Collins, to work with our Year 7 students for a morning. She really put them through their paces, and it was inspiring to see the students interact with her and gain an insight into how anyone can achieve if they put their minds to it.

We are also delighted to let you know that our Year 11 Football team are now County Champions! The boys beat Callington 2-0 at Callywith College during the Cornwall County Cup Finals much to the pride of their teachers and supporters. The team secured their position in the last game of the tournament after a tight win against Helston, which had already secured the title of West Cornwall Champions, the week before with a penalty shootout score of 4-3 after a 3-3 draw at full time.  The win saw the boys given a large shield which they hope to display in their ever-growing trophy cabinet. It will sit nicely next to the County Futsal trophy they won last year.

The 16th January saw our first Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) day for 2019.  Year 7 had a fantastic day using their creativity to create car bonnet designs and attending workshops delivered by YZUP.  Years 8 and 9 focussed on creating business ideas to support fundraising for the Cornwall Hospice South West. Year 10 were visited by Brook to deliver sex education.  Year 11 were preparing for their Mock Interview Day and College applications by making sure that their CVs are ready for their exciting next steps after Pool Academy.

On Tuesday 22nd January, Pool Academy’s Head Girl was invited to the CPIR Network Panel Meeting. She spoke to members about her and the Head Boy’s loneliness project. She also revealed the results of their recent survey which highlighted that loneliness affected both the elderly and people in the younger generation too.  During the meeting its members, which included County Council representatives, employers and parish councillors from the area, asked the Head Girl a number of questions about the project and her opinions on the survey. Pool Academy students were also given another slot at the meeting. They had been asked to help the CPIR Network Panel with its marketing and publicising its events on social media.  A questionnaire was handed out so students could help deliver this effectively. It is hoped students will be able to address members again at the next meeting once they have collated data from the questionnaires - this will be held on 12th March from 7pm until 9pm.

A polite reminder that, as outlined last year, mobile phones are not to be used by students during the school day. This is to prevent disruption to learning. If the student has a need to contact home for any reason they should speak to their tutor, Head of Year or Student Reception and they will organise for this to happen - similarly you can always contact Main Reception if you need to contact your son/daughter.  We will be reminding all students in assembly during the week commencing 4th February that if they need to have their mobile phone with them, they must be switched off and in their bags - having a mobile in blazer or trouser pocket is too tempting. This is an expectation from the moment they arrive on school site in the mornings until they leave the buildings at 2.55pm. Any student seen with a mobile phone will have it confiscated and put securely in the main office until the end of the school day and parents will be sent a text or email to indicate this has happened. Please can we ask that you support us in this by discussing at home.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries next half term:

Capture.PNG

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Year 11 Booster Sessions

Dear Parents and Carers,

Your child has today received a personalised revision timetable to help them to prepare for their GCSE examinations. We have devised short term booster sessions with specialist teachers to push them closer to their target grades based on their latest mock results.

In order to do this we have changed some lessons on their timetables, including RC time.  Some students will also notice a reduction in their PE hours. We must stress that this is not a permanent reduction -but timetables will have to change to raise their achievement in an identified subject. These booster sessions will take the form of a rotation of small groups who need to practise a particular skill or paper element.

We have also designated breakfast revision to some students. These sessions start at 8:15am and run through normal tutor time.  If your son or daughter has this on their timetable but cannot arrive into school before 8:30am due to travel difficulties, we ask that they report straight to the teacher at 8:30am.

Finally we have designated after school sessions to specific targeted students and we ask for your support with this to ensure they attend. These should be seen as compulsory as this may be the only time support for that subject is available for them.

Below is an overview of the revision ‘Drop-in’ sessions after school which all students are welcome to if they want some extra support - these are open sessions for them to attend as and when they feel the need.

We obviously appreciate that there will be some students who already have other commitments after school so some sessions from 3-4pm may not be doable for them.  If this is the case for your son or daughter please email me at jp2@poolacademy.co.uk or ring me at the school and we will endeavour to do our best to try to find another available session for them that better suits. However, we really do need your support with encouraging our students to attend every session being offered to them as we believe that they will be crucial in raising the GCSE outcomes for your child.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Jodie Phillips

Head of Year 11

tt.JPG

Year 11 Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to update you with the next steps for Year 11s going into the New Year.  All students received a paper copy of their report this week. If you would like another copy, please email Mr Jones (phil@poolacademy.co.uk)

Recent Events:

Firstly, a massive well done to all the students with the completion of their Mock exams. Students have all received their mock results and have started going through their papers in lessons with their teachers to identify their successes and are targeting the questions they need to work on.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening was superbly attended and we hope that parents found the opportunity to speak to the teachers positive and insightful. Please, if you were unable to get an appointment with any members of staff, ring or email the teacher and they will be happy to discuss the progress of your child.

Support:

We are now in full flow of the after school revision sessions for Year 11. There is something on every evening from 3-4pm and every subject is holding specific sessions on at least one day each week. We have recently texted parents and emailed students a running timetable of the sessions available and you can find this schedule on Facebook and on the school website. Please continue the wonderful encouragement of your child to keep attending after Christmas as these sessions will continue now up until exams and coursework deadlines. We also hope to offer some more breakfast revision sessions in the New Year so please listen out for information from our Heads of Faculties as to when they will begin.

Faculties have also been working hard to buy in and distribute revision guides for their subject. Please ask your child to hand any monies into the main reception, inform their teacher and their guides will be ready for collection. Please contact the Head of Faculty if you have any queries.

We look forward to starting our project with ‘Keys4life’ in January who are going to work with a large number of our Year 11 for an hour a week for blocks of 6 weeks offering workshops on Health, Sleep, Anxiety and Stress. Letters will be sent to students who have been invited for the first round this week with more information. This project really is a fantastic opportunity for your son or daughter to focus on their health, happiness and wellbeing leading up to their exams.

Also, many members of Year 11 have been given a mentor as a first contact of support at the Academy who will check in with your son or daughter as often as required to offer any extra support or intervention needed. Their role is to be someone who will just listen to our students and help to reassure and solve any worries or concerns. If your child has not been designated a member of staff and would like one, please email me and I will sort someone to support them in the New Year.

Next Steps:

There are still college open days happening next year so it is definitely worth considering if you want to take your son or daughter along to one to ensure they apply to the perfect courses and place for them. The next Truro College Open evening is Thursday 10th January 5-8pm and Penwith College is Thursday 7th February 5-8pm.

The students will be sitting a final set of core subject mocks in February. Please encourage your child to complete any revision or homework tasks set over the Christmas break as teachers will be ensuring that this helps to prepare them for their final Mocks and GCSE exams.  A summary document for students is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cVllSeg8ZpgXJah6NXM86zE1Dzl0gYNLef6XLwaxK9c/edit?usp=sharing  (They may need to sign in!)

Prom/Yearbooks and Hoodies:

The Yearbook committee will be meeting in January to start producing these with the students so please make sure that your child has emailed me if they are interested in being a part of documenting their wonderful memories at Pool. Miss Conway-Baker will continue to work with the Prom committee in the New Year to get the exciting preparations for July put in place also.

Finally, a massive thank-you to you all for your support with your son and daughter and with the Academy. We really do have high hopes for their exam results next year and please congratulate them on their wonderful hard work so far.

Please do not hesitate to email me or contact me if you have any questions or queries.

I hope you have a magical Christmas!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jodie Phillips

jp2@poolacademy.co.uk

Heads of Faculties (HoFS)

aja@poolacademy.co.uk- Alastair James - Mathematics, Geography and History

tb@poolacademy.co.uk- Tim Bareham- Science, DT and Computing

sjo@poolacademy.co.uk- Sam Joyce - English, Sociology and Modern Languages

ecr@poolacademy.co.uk- Emily Cromey- Music, Drama, PE and Art.

Monthly Letter - December 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

We have really enjoyed taking part in so many community Christmas activities this month.  A particular ‘thank you’ to Redruth Town, Illogan School and Trewirgie Junior School for involving us in their activities - we loved being part of them. We owe a huge thank you to Treloweth school too who allowed us to borrow their wonderful lanterns - they really are beautiful! I hope you had the opportunity to join us for our Christmas concert.  I felt incredibly proud of all the young people who took part. If you missed it though, students are busy preparing for our performance of High School Musical which takes place 26th February - 1st March and we hope to see you there!

We received some wonderful news recently that we will be given £1,000 from the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to go towards the creation of our new fitness suite. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who shopped in Tesco at either Pool or Redruth and put their blue tokens into our collection point. The money is extremely welcome and will go, along with the £10,000 funding from the Big Lottery fund, towards the new suite.

We believe the high tech equipment will help to improve the health of students and staff as well as boost the provisions at Pool Academy.

Miss Stephens will be leaving us this week and I am proud to introduce Mr Sidwell to you as the new Head of Year 9.  Mr Sidwell has been at the school for 11 years, both as a DT teacher and Head of Year, and he writes: “I am really looking forward to taking on our Year 9 cohort in the New Year.  I look forward to meeting parents and working with the Year 9 group to ensure they have a positive and productive year. I am keen to focus on maintaining the strong values of our school and supporting all students to have the very best attendance.  May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year”.  Mr Sidwell can be contacted via: js@poolacademy.co.uk  or on the normal school number.

Ms Carter and Mr Durant have been working hard this term to ensure our Year 7s have the very best start to Pool Academy and our local primary students have lots of opportunities to work with Pool Academy staff and students.  These transition activities are vitally important to ensure all students have the very best experience when they move to secondary school and so from next term, Ms Carter will take on a new role with us, focusing on literacy development throughout primary and secondary school.  Ms Carter writes: “I am exceptionally proud to have been given an exciting new role at Pool Academy in which I will support Literacy Progression from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. I am looking forward to working closely with our local primary schools to understand students’ literacy skills and support all students to meet their milestone goals.  Literacy underpins success in all subjects and it is essential that our teachers are able continue with the strategies embedded during the primary year,s and weave them into our whole school literacy plan. I am excited to work with students, parents and the community to develop a Literacy support programme that meets the needs of all students.” Ms Carter can be contacted via: nc@poolacademy.co.uk or on the normal school number.

To support Ms Carter’s new role, I am delighted to introduce Mr Roberts as the new Head of Year 7.  Mr Roberts joined us in September as a science teacher and writes: “I am incredibly excited to be taking over from Ms Carter as Head of Year 7 from January. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the students in Year 7 and helping them on their learning journey through Pool Academy. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have been Head of Year in my previous two schools. As Head of Year I believe in working with parents, students and staff to best support each individual to move from where they are to where they could be, personally, socially, in terms of learning and future career aspirations. I am a parent myself and firmly believe that I should work  in the way I would expect for my own daughter in her school. I hope to meet and speak to many of you as Year 7 parents over the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition please do contact me.”

Mr Roberts can be contacted via: dro@poolacademy.co.uk  or on the normal school number.

The Digital Academy has got off to a fantastic start this term. In Year 9 all students have been working hard to achieve their ‘Inspiring Digital Enterprise’ Award. This award allows students to learn about digital, enterprise and employability skills and we have seen our classes learning topics including web design, cryptography, online marketing and coding. Over half of Year 9 have achieved their Bronze award already, and we are incredibly proud of them. It shows how talented our students are! We have also been able to welcome students from Trewirgie Junior School to take part in Lego Robotics workshops. They worked in teams to create Lego Moon Buggies which they could program to take part in competitions. It was great to see the co-operation in the teams to make sure that their buggy was the first across the line! We have started a Lego Robotics club after school on Thursdays, and it would be great to see more Year 7, 8 and 9 students coming along.

We are busily preparing our Gallery for its official Launch in January and will have some exciting news to share with you then. In the meantime, we have been enjoying some wonderful workshops this month in celebration of our official launch. In December Year 5 students from our local primary schools came and worked with Artist Ben Sanderson who will be joining us more in the New Year.


We recently held the launch of the new canteen provision. The new menu has certainly got my tastebuds excited and judging by the sounds coming from the tasters I wasn’t the only one too! Chartwells, our new catering providers, start on the first day of term and we will be keeping you up to date with all the new developments right here.  If you have any questions though, please contact Phil Jones by emailing phil@poolacademy.co.uk

At Pool Academy we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and we are glad to report that students’ feedback says they are happy that our procedures and policies deal with any issues effectively.  We continue to review and make improvements to our procedures regularly though as we feel this is such an important issue nationally and within the whole of our community. Thank you to all of our fabulous students who are putting our anti-bullying motto ‘See it. Report it. Stop it.’ into practice and making sure our ‘Red Button’ policy is effective.  Ms Facey is currently working with our Anti-bullying ambassadors to develop their role and we are already moving forward with a number of ideas.   These include establishing a space at break and lunchtime for all students who want to talk. The ambassadors will be there to support and give advice, but mainly to provide a safe social space. Furthermore, over the rest of the academic year each year group will take charge of an anti-bullying project. Year 7 are stepping up first with a competition for the perfect ‘Keep yourself safe online’ poster. There is a prize for the winning entry from each year group. These posters will be displayed across the academy to inform our students about how to manage their own online safety.  Finally, during the spring term, our Anti-bullying Ambassadors will begin further training in leading change across the academy.

During this half term we have been busy visiting all of the local primary schools discussing the transitions from primary to secondary.  The highlight being a trip to Treloweth School where Miss Meakin and Mr Durant took some Pool Academy students to visit their old school and chat to the Year 6 students about life at Pool Academy. Our Pool Academy students answered questions from the Year 6 students and discussed their experiences (all good) they have had at Pool Academy.  There were lots of great stories and myths about secondary schools discussed which was very exciting to listen to. Over 250 students visited the school gym which had one of the biggest space domes in England set up in it. Primary students experienced the "Space Odyssey’s" fascinating planetarium presentations, which was led by Simon Ould, an experienced Science Teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Simon used his extensive teaching and lecturing experience to carefully adapt the delivery and content of every presentation to be appropriate for the particular group involved. The Year 5 and 6 students loved completing their projects on space and Darwin with this once in a lifetime 3D experience. After the experience the primary students got involved in lessons with some of our outstanding teachers. Mrs Cromey led some samba workshops, Miss Rowe delved into the drama world while Mrs Strana put students through the pressure of a master chef experience making World War 2 and Christmas treats, lots of fun was had.  We have also hosted some great sporting events such as football, basketball and cross country competitions for the Crofty Trust. Pool Academy sports leaders have been a great help when officiating and organising the events. Lots more exciting things to come next year.

Year 11 received their Mock exam results on Friday 30th November. On the back of these results the staff at Pool are offering revision support to students from Monday to Friday 3-4pm. A revision schedule link has been emailed to all students and a link has been texted out and put on Facebook for parents. This outlines which sessions are on each night. These are open door sessions and it is up to the students to take charge and be proactive to identify their targets with their teachers and attend the sessions they need to focus on. Teachers will also be phoning home to ensure that the right students are coming to the hour of support being offered. Please help support this schedule by checking when they are running and encouraging your child to attend.

At the end of this term we say a sad goodbye to Mrs Strong and Mrs Hutchinson but we are delighted to welcome back Mrs Weir to the Mathematics department.  Last year Mrs Weir supported students to achieve brilliant GCSE results and we are excited to have her rejoining the team. Mr Joyce will also join us as a new Head of Faculty.  He will be working with English, Languages and Sociology. In addition to Mr Joyce, we are also very pleased to welcome Mrs Kingsley to the Languages department. Mrs Kingsley is an experienced teacher and she will be working across all year groups delivering French lessons.  Mrs Crocker, who joined the school earlier in the term, has already made a brilliant impact on our students and she continues to work with us across the school to support students.

January will see some changes in timetable for our students. This is due to staffing changes and increased teaching provision in some subjects across the school.  Students will be given their new timetables before the end of term via email. They will have time with their tutors on the last day of term to ensure they have this information before they go away for their Christmas holiday.  

As a school, we know how important it is to you to have quick and easy access to your child’s information from school. From January, we are unifying all our online systems to bring them all in one easy to use portal. That means one place for attendance statistics, reports, letters, online payments, parents evening bookings etc. I know I hate having hundreds of usernames and password combinations and this will simplify our current services, whilst also providing new ones. We are also going to start emailing letters home as much as possible  as we are often aware letters can end up at the bottom of school bags for days and will reduce our environmental impact.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries next half term:

dec2018.JPG

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk).  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/  If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website.  Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Monthly Letter - November 2018

30th November 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

This half term has started in a really strong fashion with Year 11 MOCK exam season allowing students to demonstrate excellent progress in their GCSE studies, many highly successful sporting fixtures, a significant number of fundraising activities and preparation for Christmas activities, both in school and in the wider community.

A few highlights

Pool Academy has been Highly Commended in the prestigious STEM Inspiration Awards at the House of Lords. We were up against schools from across Europe for the award and so were incredibly pleased with the final result. A group of students from the Academy’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths club along with Mr Jones travelled to London last week after being shortlisted for the Outstanding STEM club Award.

We were delighted to be given a sapling tree by MP George Eustice as part of a national initiative. It was given to the Academy as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Five saplings were sent to Mr Eustice MP thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. Mr Eustice chose four secondary schools in Cornwall, including Pool Academy and Cornwall College, to send trees to.

Pool Academy students have been creating poppies for Truro Cathedral’s Remembrance Day service. Officials at the city’s landmark put a call out to the county for help to create thousands of the well-known red flower. Pool Academy staff decided they wanted to help join in. They downloaded a template from the website and students spent time cutting them out and writing messages on them. On Sunday, November 11, at 10.30am the paper poppies were released from the central tower during the service. Each poppy marked lives lost during the First World War.

Charlotte, Holly, Chloe, Cerys, Ruby and Emily took part in a two-night fundraising dance show recently. The girls, who are members of The Annette School of Dancing in Camborne, took part in the event which saw both group and solo pieces performed. The evening, attended by scores of parents and friends, helped to raise £2,400 for the charity St Julia’s Hospice.

Students and staff raised hundreds of pounds after wearing items of pink for charity. Kind-hearted members of Pool Academy helped to collect almost £400 after spending the a day sporting items of pink. They were encouraged to wear pink tops, socks, tights or shoes for a donation. There was also a bake sale and a ribbon sale to help bring in as much cash as possible. All donations will be sent to the two charities Breast Cancer Now and the Movember Foundation.

Friends of Pool Academy

The Friends of Pool Academy group met for their latest meeting on Tuesday evening. The conversation included: reporting of progress, sex and relationship education, an anti-bullying update and a dyslexia research opportunity with Plymouth Marjons. We would always welcome new members to this group so if you are interested in joining our next meeting, please contact Mr William McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk)

Peer Support Programmes

This month we recognised the national anti-bullying week between 12th and 16th November. The theme this year was ‘Choose Respect’ and was supported by schools and companies across the UK.. Throughout the week students engaged in a number of different tutor time activities, culminating in a PSHE drop down day on Friday exploring a range of topics. We were incredibly grateful to members of Devon and Cornwall Police who gave all students a powerful and thought-provoking presentation exploring Hate Crime and its impact.

Furthermore, over the next couple of weeks we will be working with our anti-bullying ambassadors to develop their role across the academy. A key focus is working with a Cornwall based restorative justice programme. A cohort of older anti-bullying ambassadors will be trained in restorative justice practice, alongside our anti-bullying pastoral support managers, to resolve conflict across the academy. The Ripple Effect programme, is operating in a number of schools across Cornwall and has been recognised by Princess Anne, a patron of the Restorative Justice Council. Please take a look the the following website for more information: http://rjworking.co.uk/schools/

Community plan

Following a highly successful community planning meeting last half term we have been enjoying working with our community partners to celebrate the achievements and dedication of both our students and staff. We were delighted to receive an invite to the Redruth Christmas parade and there’s no doubt we felt very Christmassy afterwards. We’ve also welcomed hundreds of primary students in to school for activities ranging from robotics to space to cooking to sessions in our art gallery.

School Kitchen

It’s an exciting time in the school kitchen. We are pleased to announce that when we return in January our school catering provision will be run by Chartwells. They are bringing in a huge number of improvements to our service including new meals (chosen by our students), cashless payment systems and an outdoor kiosk serving quick ‘grab and go’ food to help alleviate those frustrating queues. We’d like to invite you to an evening where we will talk about the new systems for payment, the new food available and new ways we will be communicating with you in the future. There will also be opportunities to sample the new menu! The evening will take place on December 11th at 6pm in the Main Hall.

Ensuring the highest standards of behaviour

We would like to thank our parents for continuing to support the new PB detention system and our high expectations on behaviour and uniform. We have seen clear improvements in all aspects of Academy expectations. Students are respecting our ‘no’ mobile phone policy and are understanding the reasons around this.

The Academy is also delighted to see the significant number of achievement points that students are receiving. We are proud to be launching the new achievement point shop, allowing students to spend the achievement points that they’ve worked hard for during the year. Students will be able to trade their points for a variety of goodies that includes stationery, sports equipment and gift cards. The year 11s will also be able to use their points for money off their prom tickets. Students are able to see how many points they’ve earned, and request prizes through their iPads.

Parent Communications

One of the biggest challenges all schools face is keeping parents and carers fully informed and able to easily access the services provided. So from January we are bringing everything in to one, easy to use system. This single website will provide up to date information about your child such as their attendance and reports as well as letting you top up their dinner money, pay for trips, book parents’ evening appointments and get in touch with school. We'll be writing with more information nearer the time but meanwhile it is crucial that we have up to date contact information and the consent to use it. We have sent home forms for you to fill in, if these could be returned as soon as possible please it would be appreciated.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries:

Capture.PNG

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk). And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/ If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website. Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Monthly Letter - October 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful halfterm. The students have returned with a really positive and determined attitude and I look forward to sharing information about their successes later this halfterm.

Thank you to all the parents who managed to complete our online parental questionnaire in October. I have left the questionnaire open so if you would still like to have your say, the questionnaire can be found here: https://goo.gl/PGmLRT Based on your responses, parents feel most positive about: Students feel safe, students make good progress and students are well looked after. These areas are incredibly important for us as we look to support students, both academically and pastorally. Over the next term we will continue to work with our Friends of Pool Academy group to focus on 3 key areas: Understanding our new achievement and behaviour procedures, reviewing our anti-bullying strategy and understanding our new format for academic reports. We will keep you updated in the monthly letters about our progress in these areas.

Every term we also survey the students to get feedback about their experiences at Pool Academy. This year the results show improvements across the board. The majority of our students express they feel safe at Pool Academy, with similar numbers knowing exactly where to go to receive help where needed. The vast majority of students believe that they are taught well, and that they receive sufficient homework. There has also been a big improvement in how they feel bullying is dealt with. However, we believe we can still do a lot to improve things here, and are looking forward to the results of the next two surveys which will help us to evaluate how effective our new anti-bullying policy is in creating a culture of intolerance towards bullying. We will keep you posted on this. What is clear from the student feedback is that compared with the national picture, Pool Academy students report that bullying is far less of a problem for them. Over the next term we'll work to ensure the anti-bullying policy is firmly embedded and rigorously enforced. Alongside this we will empower the students by developing the role of the anti-bullying ambassador, providing training in restorative practices.

From next Monday (5th November) we will be running a slightly different timetable. We have been fortunate enough to be able to appoint an additional teacher in Maths - Mrs Croker. This has allowed us to adjust the timetable to enable us to provide additional teaching groups in some subjects and therefore smaller class sizes. In addition, at the end of last half term we said goodbye to Mr Ryder, one of our Heads of Faculty, as he left us for pastures new in a school closer to his home. His teaching timetable is being covered by an experienced English specialist, Mrs Boyd, and his Head of Faculty role is being covered by one of our Assistant Principals, Abi Ludlow, as we wait to welcome a new Head of Faculty in January.

Parents and officials have pledged to support Pool Academy after attending a community session meeting. Scores of people representing a cross section of the community attended the recent event including employers in the area, a parish councillor representing Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth, a community link officer, primary head teachers, former students, parents and prospective parents. The group discussed how they could help boost the learning of students and benefit the community as a whole. During the evening meeting members also made their pledges to the school which included working to help young people learn about the world of work, offer them new skills and help spread the news about activities run at academy. The plan will be regularly reviewed and all interested parties will be able to find out about the progress being made.

The ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ met on the 16th October and discussed:-

  • Parent questionnaire

  • Safeguarding

  • Meet the team - Mr James was introduced as Head of Faculty

  • The recent Family and Community Engagement evening.

Our next meeting is on 21st November and we welcome any parent or carer to attend. If you’d like more information, please contact Mr Will McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk)

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries:

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk). And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/ If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website. Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Community Planning Session

Dear Parent / Carer,

I wanted to update you briefly on the ‘Community Planning session’ that we held on Tuesday 9th October.

We were grateful for those of you who were able to take part in the session and I know many more of you sent your apologies for the evening and asked to be kept informed about our progress.

During the evening we set out our strategy for the next 2 years, focusing on 3 key areas:

Ensuring the school is welcoming to the whole community

Helping families to actively support their child’s learning

Ensuring the highest quality community partnerships and multi agency working.

All the attendees on the evening set out key ‘pledges’ to develop the community partnerships. These included: Engaging Pool Academy’s students in each Redruth town festival; helping running a video trial where students create careers films, inviting students to their workplace so they can see what they do in action and inviting students to use their resources to enhance their extra-curricular experiences.

One of our first actions is to continue these discussions at the next meeting of our parent/teacher group, ‘Friends of Pool Academy’. This meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 16th October in the Music block (back of school). If you like more information about this group, please contact Will McKenzie (Assistant Principal) by emailing wmc@poolacademy.co.uk or Steve Eathorne (Parent Governor) by emailing sea@poolacademy.co.uk

We aim to keep you fully updated with the progress we make with our Community strategy and if you would like to take part, please contact me on the normal school number or by emailing principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal