Monthly Letter (July 2018)

July 2018
Dear Parent / Carer

I cannot believe that we are already at the end of the academic year.  The months have flown by and yet we have had so many things to celebrate.  We continue to be incredibly proud of each and every student and the individual talents they bring to the academy.  This year, with the help of George Eustice, we launched our Citizenship Awards and the Community Awards Evening was definitely one of the highlights of the year! You can see a brief summary of some key events on our website here: 

In September, we will welcome some very exciting teachers to our Academy.  I hope you’ve been able to follow their appointments either on our academy’s website or on our Facebook page.  We’ve created a few summary pages introducing the new Faculty groupings here: Clicking on any name will allow you to email that teacher directly but if you have any general questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly with me: 

The last month saw Year 10 students sitting exams and we hope that they have provided our students with the invaluable experience of what the actual GCSE exam period will be like. The exams have been hard work for our students, but their work ethic and determination will be worth it when they get their full GCSE results on 22nd August 2019.  On 18th July we welcomed students and parents to a results evening for these exams and we are hoping that students now have a clear understanding about what there is to be proud of, whilst identifying target areas on each paper for them to focus on in class and at home in revision.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs Phillips by emailing 

In July, Pool School Gallery is showing a newly commissioned sound work by artist in residence Morten Norbye Halvorsen alongside a selection of paintings from The Cornwall Council Schools’ Art Collection.  The collection began in 1961 with an anonymous donation of £100 and a note that read ‘To help Primary School Funds’.  The Council’s Secretary for Education wrote to various artists including Barbara Hepworth who suggested asking artists to sell work at a reduced price.  Thirty two students from Pool Academy have been working directly on the project and in the Autumn term, students will select works and interpret them for the wider community.  On Thursday 19th July we held a private view for the school, members of the local community and supporters and we are very excited to invite everyone for the Official Launch of the Gallery on 20th September, between 5pm and 8pm.  We do hope to see you there!

Friday 6th July was the launch day between Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Pool Academy and it was a fantastic day from start to finish.  The World Cup themed day saw 11 Primary Schools turn up to compete in a mixed gender tournament to promote the inclusion of girls in football.  We hope you saw the publicity from the day on BBC Spotlight, ITV West Country and Heart Radio and that helped to really excite young female footballers to take part and potentially join our girls’ long term Player Development Centre.  The development centre is held here at Pool Academy on Fridays 5-6pm and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Mark Fuller by emailing  The new season will start again in September where Plymouth Argyle will also be setting up a boys’ Development Centre on Monday evenings.

Across the academic year we have sent out 3 parental questionnaires - thank you for continuing to complete these so we have an accurate understanding of parents’ thoughts.  We have been really pleased that key areas have consistently had very positive responses (around 90%). These include:
My child feels safe
My child makes good progress
My child is well looked after
My child is taught well

Following each questionnaire, we have reviewed areas where responses haven’t been as positive and have established action plans to improve these areas.  For example, in Autumn 64% of parents said they received valuable information about their child’s progress.  We were very grateful to parents who left their contact details and allowed us to work directly with them to review the reporting system.  We also worked with the ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ group to look at the presentation of, and information contained within, reports.  We were really pleased to see a 15% increase in positive responses by the summer questionnaire - thank you!  We will continue to work with parents to ensure this percentage continues to increase next year too.

At the start of next year, we will be inviting all parents, carers and members of the community to a ‘Question and Answer’ session on 11th September, starting at 18:30.  During this session, I will be joined by key personnel across the community, including Simon Hague (CEO of Crofty MAT - 9 local primary schools) and Councillor Ian Thomas, to answer questions on any topic that you feel is important for our community.  I hope we see many of you at the evening.

We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to school on the 5th September, ready for the next stage in their academic journey.  All students will be required to be in full uniform and to have their equipment with them ready for learning.  Students will be given their timetables during the extended registration at the start of the day.

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

GCSE Exam Results - Thursday 23rd August, 10:00
Mrs Rowe

First day back for all students - Wednesday 5th September
Miss Meakin

Official Launch of Pool School Gallery - Thursday 20th September, 17:00 - 20:00
Mrs Natalie Ellis
Finally, a few reminders (again) for next year:

Please can I draw your attention to the uniform page on our website, in particular 9 key areas:

  • Ties and Blazers. 
  • Trousers.  These should be a ‘formal cut’ and not skinny trousers.
  • Skirts.  These again should be a formal cut and not tube skirts.
  • Shorts.  These are a new addition to the policy and we are only allowing logo’d versions direct from Trophy Textiles.
  • 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 our 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 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