Monthly Letter- November

30th November 2017
Dear Parents / Carers
We held a successful fire drill practice this halfterm and will repeat this exercise regularly across the year to ensure students feel confident about what to do in the event of the alarm going off.  As part of our work with students to safeguard against all critical events, we would like to hold 2 further drills in the next few months - a lockdown drill and a full evacuation drill.  Please be assured that the likelihood of either of these drills being needed is very low, but all responsible schools are practising these procedures with their students to ensure they feel confident about what to do.  I will send a message to you the day before we hope to carry out each drill so you are fully prepared.  If you have any questions about these though, please do contact your child’s tutor, Head of House or any member of the Leadership Team. 

A Cornwall Councillor has pledged to give a grant to help launch Pool Academy’s career support network initiative.  Philip Desmonde, Councillor for Pool and Tehidy, visited the school to find out more about the Academy’s Specialist Careers Support Network.  The scheme is soon to be launched to help as part of the children’s transition into the GCSE options at the end of Key Stage 3.  Councillor Desmonde offered to supply a grant to support the initiative which will see students and local businesses working closely.  It’s hoped this will give children insight into the real world of work and help them with future choices.

We were delighted to hear that a former Pool Academy student has been handed an apprentice award after being praised for his ‘extraordinary’ work ethic.  Oliver Weeks was given the Construction Apprentice of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Corbey Construction, at the recent Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017.  Oliver, who works at RHR Construction, is described by people who know him as someone who has ‘an extraordinary work ethic’, ‘happiest when busy’ and ‘focused on the day’s tasks’.  He was nominated by his Truro & Penwith College tutor Tim Toomey.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir raised more than £1,000 for charity while performing at Pool Academy.  Members of the choir visited the school recently to hold dancing, singing, drumming and art workshops during the day before putting on a public performance in the evening.  The touring group, which included singers aged seven years old and up, showcased a mixture of traditional African singing and dancing from 6.30pm.  Their colourful costumes and upbeat tunes both entertained and helped to raise £1.098.20 much-needed cash for charity.

A few general  reminders for parents/students:

●    Please leave access to school clear in case of emergency
●    Students must sign in and out at main reception when leaving the site.
●    Return slips should be returned to Student Reception
●    If socks are visible, they must be black.

Please can I draw your attention to a few future events coming up in the remainder of this Autumn term:

●    w/c 4th and 11th December - Y11 Parents can book meetings with the Senior Leadership team any day to discuss MOCK results and plans for the remainder of the year.
●    Carol Concert, Trevenson Church - 5th December, 6.30pm
●    School of Rock Production - 12th-14th December (tickets available from reception - £5 adult / £4 child)
●    Grandparents’ Christmas Lunch - 13th December

The school term finishes on Tuesday 19th December at 1.15pm. The school canteen will be open for students who wish to eat their lunch before departing for home.  The school bus will arrive at 1.45pm.  If you wish for your child to remain at school until 2.55pm, please contact Sadie Sutcliffe either by phone on the number below or email (  The new term starts on Thursday 4th January 2018.  

I look forward to seeing you soon but in the meantime, if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully,
Miss Claire Meakin

Phil Jones