Monthly Letter (May 2018)

Dear Parent / Carer

Every month I have tried to give you a flavour of the exciting things that have been happening across the academy, along with a summary of key future dates for your calendar.  These letters have been texted to parents, along with adding them to our website (  If you have any suggestions for how to improve these letters, or you have had trouble accessing these letters by text, please let me know by emailing or asking for Mrs Sadie Sutcliffe when phoning 01209 712 220.

Digital Academy

From September students will have the chance to explore the digital world as part of our Digital Academy.  We are linking up with employers and local colleges to enable students to have hands-on experience of new technologies from Game making and Digital media to Programming and Robotics.  Students who enroll in the Digital Academy will have regular visits to enhance their learning, and to find out from a local Tech community what it is like to work in this exciting field.  As a result students will be equipped to shape the digital world they are growing up in.

Art Gallery

We are very excited about Pool Academy’s Art Gallery.  Our hope is that the Gallery will be used by our students and also the local communities.  We are currently blocking up windows and painting walls in readiness to receive our first selection from the Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection.  The Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection comprises paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Artists represented include Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallace and Terry Frost.  Students from Year 7, 8 and 9 will work with artist Jonty Lees to select, exhibit, interpret and document these works. They will create new knowledge around these works which will exist in various forms such as podcasts, captions, workshops etc.  We have also been working with our artist in residence, Turner Prize nominee Hilary Lloyd, who has been helping us think about what our gallery should be like. Next month we will be inviting you to the launch of the gallery but for now, here is the first draft of our website:

GCSE Exams

Year 11 have entered the exam season and have made an excellent start.  There are revision sessions running both before and after school. Teachers are available for any last minute questions and revision tips.  Thank you to parents and carers for your continued support with helping the students to be prepared. Good luck Year 11 - you will be great!

We have also started the process of getting our Year 10s prepared for their Mock exams.  Revision materials have been emailed out to students with links to past papers, apps, websites and subject areas on the school website in the ‘Parent area’. Some subject areas are offering extra support sessions after school for students and materials have been passed onto tutors so that students can revise in tutor time.  Exams begin on 18th June and we ask that parents and carers take an active role in helping students to prepare so please do read the information being sent home and come along to the Mocks Results evening on the 18th July. We wish the Yr10s the best of luck for their exams!

Peer Support

We have been running regular peer support meetings with representatives from each tutor and year group.  We have created toilets just for Year 7 and Year 8 use as requested by their representatives. We are now in the process of creating rooms for break and lunchtime which will be manned by trained student volunteers to support and advise students where this might be appropriate.  The red button on students’ iPads now has direct links that takes them to a list of bodies that can offer support for any concerns, such as the NSPCC or Kooth.


Last week, we said our final ‘thank you’ to our Year 11 Prefects, including Amber (Head Girl) and Sol (Head Boy).  Interviews have taken place for our new prefects and the successful students will be informed this week. We look forward to seeing them continue to represent our academy in the next 12 months.  

Olympian Mentoring

The Olympian mentoring programme is going really positively with students being supported by Thinus Delport - International Rugby player and Emily Hibbs - Commonwealth Clay Pigeon Shooter.  The students involved are hugely lucky to be supported by these successful athletes, and have focused on motivation, leadership and self-esteem through sporting activities.

Transition Sessions

We have been holding activity sessions for Year 5 and 6 Primary students.  The sessions have been very well attended and have included activities such as Take Off and Bake Off, Experiments Galore,  Buzz’s VR Experience and Robot Challenge to name but a few. You can see some photos on our website and facebook page.

Buzz the Bear

Congratulations to Buzz and Phil Jones who recently completed the London Marathon 2018!  Phil and Buzz trained hard for months to be able to run the 26.2 mile route through the capital city.  It was such a hot day but Buzz and Phil did extremely well and raised thousands of pounds for charity. Buzz has had a couple of days of rest before training again and trying out new equipment for another adventure.  We can’t say much about it yet but I can say it involves Buzz, his friend and a ROCKET!

Parental questionnaire

Thank you for completing the questionnaire during this academic year - your responses have allowed us to prioritise our actions to ensure students (and their families) have the very best experience whilst at Pool Academy.  We hope you will take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire for the final time this academic year, so we can review our progress this year and ensure the next academic year is even better. The link to the questionnaire is here. We hope the online survey has been easy to use but we have enclosed a paper copy with this letter too in case you would prefer to complete an offline copy.  The questionnaire will be open until Tuesday 12th June, 12pm so please try to complete the online form, or return your paper copy to reception, before that date.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up including first day back in September:

Year 5 and Year 6 Transition sessions continue

Miss Meakin,


Year 11 Students start study leave

13th June

Miss Meakin,


Sports Day

19th June

Mr Durant,


Friends of Pool Academy

19th June

18:00 - 19:00

Mr McKenzie,


Year 9 Parents’ evening

20th June, 16:30 - 18:30

Mr McKenzie,


Curriculum Enrichment

& Work Experience Week

w/c 25th June

Mr McKenzie,

Mrs Grenfell,


Year 6 Parents’ evening

4th July

18:00 - 19:30

Ms Carter,


Year 11 Prom

5th July

17:00 - 23:00

Miss Conway-Baker,


Academy Awards Evening

12th July

(Arrival from 18:00)

18:30 - 20:00

Mrs York,


Community Awards Evening

17th July

(Arrival from 18:00)

18:30 - 20:00

Mr Hamblin,


Mocks Results evening

18th July

17:30 - 18:30

Mrs Phillips,


Last day of term.  (Students finish at 13:15)

Friday 20th July, 13:15

Miss Meakin,


GCSE Exam Results

Thursday 23rd August, 9:00

Mrs Rowe,


First day back for all students

Wednesday 5th September

Miss Meakin,


Finally, a few notices for next year:


Please can I draw your attention to the uniform page on our website , in particular 8 key areas:

  • Ties and Blazers.  These must be worn each day.  Students will be allowed to remove blazers during hot weather though.

  • Trousers.  These should be a ‘formal cut’ and not skinny trousers.

  • Skirts.  These again should be a formal cut and not tube skirts.

  • Socks.  If visible, these should be black only.

  • Shoes.  These should be black, polishable shoes without a logo.

  • Hairstyles.  Hair should be neat and conventional with no extremes of style or colour that draw attention.

  • Jewellery.  Rings, bracelets, wristbands, visible necklaces and piercings (other than 1 small stud in each ear) are not allowed.

  • Makeup and nail varnish.  We ask that makeup is kept to a minimum.  Nail varnish is not acceptable.

We ask that all parents support this uniform policy and reserve the right in September to challenge any student not in full uniform.  As always though, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s tutor or Head of House in the first instance.

Academy Inset Dates for 2018/19

  • 3rd September 2018

  • 4th September 2018

  • 22nd July 2019

  • 23rd July 2019

  • 24th July 2019.

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please get in touch.   

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin


Phil Jones