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:


As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (  And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: or on our Facebook page:  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


Peter Wilson