Parent/Carer Monthly Letter (February)

Dear Parent / Carer

Just before half term letters I wrote to you with the results of our Spring survey which we were delighted with.  In summary, at least 80% of parents said:

Their child is happy
Their child feels safe
Their child is well looked after
They were happy or very happy with the progress their child is making
Their child is taught well
Pool Academy ensures students behave
Pool Academy is well led and managed

The Senior Leadership Team have invited all parents who left their contact details in to discuss their comments and we are incredibly grateful for everyone’s support as we work together to continue to improve the experience of students and their parents.  Following on from the last questionnaire, we continue to work with the students on the Anti-Bullying Charter and we will be updating parents at our next Friends of Pool Academy meeting on 6th March at 6pm.  In my March letter, we will also update you on the results of the student questionnaire.

Our Citizenship Launch day was a huge success. Mr George Eustice MP was interviewed by some of our students and a recording of this interview was played to Years 7, 8 and 9.  He was asked questions ranging from his experiences of school, his first public speaking, to...."Are the students of Pool Academy important to the UK Government, and if so why?". Mr Hamblin said, "A number of visiting speakers gave interactive presentations, including a marathon running book writer (but not, I believe at the same time), two local Police Community Support Officers, a member of the National Citizenship Service and a representative of  The Volunteer Service.  Throughout the day students were also led to discuss what a Good Citizen is and how they can make individual contributions to the school, to develop themselves and benefit the community. In doing so they will  achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards."  Our next PSHE day is scheduled for Friday 23rd March 2018 and is entitled 'Happy, Healthy Students'

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you about our Parent Governors.  Mrs Sarah Newham and Mr Steve Eathorne represent parents on our governing board.  Mr Eathorne is the chair of the achievement committee which supports the academy to drive up academic standards, and Mrs Newham is a member of the engagement committee which supports the academy’s ‘Happy and Healthy’ agenda.  If you would like to contact either governor, please email Mrs Sutcliffe (Clerk to Governors) using

Finally, two further notifications:

There has been some confusion about the Year 11 Leavers’ prom.  Attendance will not be linked to the number of achievement points.  If we have concerns about a student attending, as always, we will discuss this with their parents.

Mrs Boyall has decided to leave the Academy from February halfterm.  We wish her every success in her new role.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up in February and March:

Date and Time
Academy Contact
Contact email address

Year 11 Parents’ evening: 27th February, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Contact: Mr Ryder (

Iceland Trip: 1st - 4th March
Contact: Miss Sparrow (

Friends of Pool Academy (formerly Parents and Carers Forum): 6th March, 6pm
Contact: Mr McKenzie (

Tablet Academy activity: 6th March
Contact: Mr Jones (

Energy Quest Day: 7th March
Contact: Mr Jones ( 

Year 10 Reports to parents: 29th March
Contact: Mr Ryder (

Easter holiday: 30th March - 13th April
If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please do get in touch.   You should have received a card before halfterm with key contact details on - if you didn’t receive one, please let Mrs Sutcliffe ( know and she’ll forward one on to you.    

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Phil Jones