First World War Centenary Battlefield Tour

October 20, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

Last week two students and one member of staff were fortunate enough to go on the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tour Programme organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Over the next four years its aim is to send representatives from all secondary schools over to Belgium and France to see for themselves the impact of WW1. We visited both Commonwealth and German cemeteries and Memorials  during our four day visit.  Places we had heard of when doing our background reading suddenly came alive as we visited the  Passchendaele and Flanders Museums. The area around the Somme showed how soldiers were at a disadvantage because of the flat land. Tyne Cot Cemetery was magnificent in the early morning sunshine, but when you looked around at the headstones it bought home just how many men lost their lives fighting for their country. Students laid a cross at the grave of a local soldier from Willenhall  J.W Cox a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery who was just 25 when he was killed on the 25/10/1917. Students also took part in a workshop called ’Coming World Remember Me’ commissioned by the Flanders Government where pupils created a pottery figure which will eventually form part of a memorial to the 600,000 killed in Flanders during the First World War.





Year 9 Keep A Clean Sheet

October 16, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr T Harris

Year 9 keep a clean sheet!

The Year 9 football team played their second game in three days against Walsall Academy. After the disappointing 5-3 loss last year, the team were eager to right the wrongs.

Almost as soon as the first ball was kicked, the heavens opened. This did not stop the team from dominating the first half, with passing between team members up there with the best I’d ever seen from a Pool Hayes outfit.

It wasn’t long before the inevitable, another Jordan Winkle goal, his twelfth goal in five games! His attacking partner, Blade Edwards, was also to get his name on the score sheet, taking the ball past three Walsall Academy players before slotting home a great goal. (0-2, PH)

In attack, this team have got some real fire power. Winkle collected his second shortly after (0-3, PH). However, as both forwards would openly admit, attacking becomes so much easier when you can rely upon and trust your back line so much. Read the rest of this entry →


DT Enrichment

October 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Carthy

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“Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” is a phrase we hear a lot now, for good reasons as the consequences of consumption and energy use become clear. Year 10 Design & Technology students are busy building their practical skills in D&T and putting this into practice in a range of projects turning reclaimed wood from pallets into new, useful and attractive objects. These Enrichment Sessions take place on Wednesdays after school and allow students to get stuck into making, using their imagination and creativity. The students have been enthusiastically planing, sanding, drilling and polishing tea-light holders from selected blocks of wood to bring out the hidden grain and colours. Some are starting to work on a more ambitious project, about which more in due course:

Here we see  Danny Light and Charles Malkin putting the finishing layers of beeswax polish on their candle-holders.

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Jordan Davies drilling out a block to make a pencil holder.

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Bredon Fletcher sawing boards that will be made into a low table, the boards are offcuts from the roofing contractors who were recently at work on the school.

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Most importantly, they have the opportunity to become more familiar with using a range of tools and techniques that they can apply to their GCSE coursework and projects and raise the quality and technical standard of their final products.



A Tough Team To Manage

October 14, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr T Harris

A tough team to manage for all the right reasons.

The Year 9 Football team travelled to St Thomas Moore this evening for their first fixture. And with fantastic numbers at training, some difficult managerial decisions had to be made when selecting an 11 man team with 25+ pupils to chose from.

It was clear early on that Pool Hayes had the players to cope with the dismal conditions. Crisp passing, superb first touches and a willingness to work for each other allowed the away team to dominate from the off.
Joe Reynolds’ left footed screamer from outside the box got the ball rolling. (0-1, PH)

An unfortunate error at the back allowed St Thomas Moore to score a goal against the run of play (1-1). However, this only stirred the hornets nest, and Pool Hayes were not to take another backward step. Read the rest of this entry →


France and Belgium 2014

October 10, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

Live Blog WW1 Centenary Visit


MyKindaCrowd Presentation

October 10, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

MyKindaCrowd Presentation

As part of our Aspiration programme around 30 students from Y10-13 sat in on a lively presentation given by Tanya Duff from MyKindaCrowd. This was a fun, informative and engaging workshop focussed on 3 career paths: university, apprenticeships and starting your own business. Students used an interactive voting system to input their answers to the quizzes. They all watched a video clip from Suli Breaks who used a spoken word rap to encourage young people to think about their future. (You can find him on YouTube.) Students then went on to write and perform their own rap. The students were brilliant there was a lot of laughter but the messages they put across were excellent. Thanks go to all students, Tanya thought you were an amazing bunch of students.
Students said:
‘Tanya was brilliant’ ‘I loved the message in the rap. It’s made me think about what I really want to do’ ‘ I now know the difference between a job and a career. I want a career.’



UCAS Presentation Evening

October 9, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr B Mescam

Last week a number of Sixth Form Students and their parents attended a UCAS and Student Finance Evening in the Sixth Form Study Area. Throughout the evening, we looked at the importance of getting those grades, researching Universities as well as the University rankings. The students also went away with ideas of things that they could go and take part in to help with University applications such as going to Open Days and attending university residentials.

As many of our Year 13 students are already thinking about which university they want to apply to, and putting together personal statements, they and their parents often have lots of questions about the potential costs associated with going to university and the various sources of financial assistance that is on offer.

Sarah from Student Finance UK was able to give the facts about the various costs of going to university and to answer the many questions that people had. Everyone said how useful the evening was and therefore the intention is to run a similar event later on this year. Keep aiming high and working hard to create your success!



Art – Outstanding Year 10 Work

September 30, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Kew

Well done to year 10 pupils what a fantastic start to their GCSE art course. I am so pleased with them and proud of what they have achieved in only a short space of time. There are some immensely talented pupils shining through.


Miss Kew Head of Art


‘European Day of Languages’ Week

September 30, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

‘European Day of Languages’ Week

To celebrate the European Day of Languages on Friday 26th September, we staged a series of special events to celebrate the importance of acquiring a foreign language and to acknowledge the success of so many of our students in their Spanish courses.

The week saw special assemblies led by tutor groups and a whole host of tutor time activities including presentations, quizzes and Q&A sessions. Elsewhere, the dining hall staged a special Spanish lunch – with decorations and music – and diners were surprised by a flash mob dance during the lunch break.

When you also add in the Spanish celebrity quiz with medals… the campaign posters… the Spanish Media Club start-up… the Humanities quiz… and dressed up reception staff… no one at school could fail to miss that this was a fantastic event at our school.

Muy bien todo el mundo…


Prom Venue Visit 2015

September 30, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Sarginson

Prom Venue Visit

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Miss Sarginson and Mr Harris took fifteen Year 10 pupils to choose their prom venue for next year. Three venues were visited in total, the Holiday Inn, the Village Hotel and the Ramada Park Hall Hotel and Spa. All three were lovely in their own way but the students fell in love with Ramada Park Hall Hotel and Spa, which is a Georgian mansion that is set in five acres of beautiful landscape. The students are particularly excited about holding their prom in the Ballroom which has marble floors and huge crystal chandeliers.  The prom will take place Thursday 9th July 2015.

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