Y8 Basketball

November 27, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr R Francis

Walsall schools basketball campaign kick off. A newly assembled year 8 boys team got off to a cracking start beating Streetly Academy 28-6. Pool Hayes started well dominating the first quarter with high intensity and plenty of action in and around their opposition’s basket. The 2nd and third quarters saw Streetly come into the game but the home team did well not giving Streetly any easy baskets. The boys upped their game in the last quarter and finished strong. All 10 players got game time, and it was a massive team effort defending together, which resulted in lots of turnovers.

There were some key performances from George Ashbury (point guard) dribbling, twisting opponents with some amazing spin dribbles.

Grace Bowens showed her natural and polished footwork skills in some good post play driving towards the basket.

Harrison Hughes put in a strong offensive and defensive display

The team has bright future and with hard work in training they have the potential to go really far this year.

A great first game with both teams representing superb sportsmanship and class, which is how we play sport at Pool Hayes.

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GCSE Dancers Make A Noise About Bullying

November 27, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss A Williams


Year 10 GCSE dancers have wowed their audiences with their group dance performance based on the whole school focus “Anti-Bullying”.  The girls were given the stimulus and split into groups of bullies, victims and bystanders; they were to work within their groups to choreograph motifs that interpreted their character and their characters personality traits and emotions.

The performance was to link with their first unit of work “Performance in a group” therefore the girls planned and researched their characters, discussed actions and gestures that would make their character clear to an audience and looked at using props such as desks and books to show a typical school environment.  During their classes they have understood how to structure a performance and create choreography for a stimulus which will prepare them for next year when they work on their choreography unit of the course.



Victims – “As victims we discussed using props and books to show that we liked to study and read.  We felt that we could make it clear to the audience that we were innocent and don’t like confrontation by hiding behind our books” Jess Davies, Megan Kelly & Amber Whitehouse.







Bullies – “We wanted to wear red so that we could show power and control.  Throughout the dance we used lots of strong dynamics and leg lines to show we controlled the stage.  During the fight scene we wanted to make it look realistic so we experimented with controlled pushing and lifts that landed down to the floor” Olivia Drysdale, Lauren Paxton, Chloe Thorpe, Megan Page & Chelsea Radford.


Bystanders – “As bystanders we wanted a clear message of who you should speak to if you or someone else is being bullied therefore we had printed t-shirts with all the people you can approach.  We also wanted to show that bystanders don’t always get involved and speak out to help, we did this by not interacting with the victims during the first section of the dance.




In the middle of the dance we progressively help the victims by trapping the bullies to show that together we are stronger than bullies” Leah Field, Sophie Meredith, Olivia Speed, Leigha Philips and Megan Howells.




The dance sent out a very strong message and the reaction from pupils and staff about the performance has been fantastic.  Well done Year 10.



Santa Run 2015

November 26, 2015 in Front Page News, Tildesley News by Mrs M Jones

THE GREAT TILDESLEY SANTA RUN 2015!  acornssantarun

On Wednesday 2nd December pupils from Tildesley House will be taking part in our very own Santa Run in aid of our charity, Acorns Hospice. Pupils can get a sponsor form from their tutor or simply pay £1 to enter. Whilst I appreciate that this an expensive time of year for everyone I would ask that you support your children in getting into the spirit of Christmas and thinking about those less fortunate than themselves.

Watch this space for photos and an update of how much we raise.


Tildesley Makes A Noise About Bullying

November 26, 2015 in Front Page News, Tildesley News by Mrs M Jones


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During anti-bullying week pupils from Tildesley have been busy sending out the message that we all need to speak out about bullying.


Pupils have shown their support by purchasing official anti-bullying wristbands and also  writing their own anti-bullying messages on a special speech bubble designed by the anti-bullying alliance. These messages have now been made into a poster which will be displayed in school to remind all pupils that we should all be doing our part to make sure that bullying is stamped out.

In addition some pupils from Tildesley house filmed an anti-bullying video, which you can view below, to raise awareness of the different types of bullying and their potential consequences.

I am extremely proud of the mature attitude shown by Tildesley pupils in speaking out against bullying and would like to thank them all for their hard work.


Carpenter Maintain Excellent Attendance

November 25, 2015 in Carpenter News, Front Page News by Mr M Mallott

Carpenter House won the attendance trophy last academic year and are currently leading the attendance this year with 96.39%. Three forms are in the top 10 forms in school for attendance and have excellent behaviour records. Attendance is vital to achieving success and in Carpenter house we strive for this success through great support provided by parents, teachers and other agencies.

Students who have punctuality problems and no discernible patterned of absence have had special assemblies delivered by myself as their head of house and the key is to have regular contact with the parents and speak to the students directly. The students have furthermore had presentations to attend delivered by the head boy and head girl of the house which have looked at the impact poor punctuality and attendance can have on life outside school.

Attendance and punctuality are paramount for the following reasons below:

  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more C grades at GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • At least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission
  • 5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

Well done C1, C2 and C3.

C1 97.35 3
C2 97.59 2
C3 96.51 10
C4 95.82 19
C5 96.08 16
C6 96.39 12
C7 95.81 20
C8 95.59 26





Rangoli Pattern Competition

November 25, 2015 in Front Page News, Hodson News by N Thomas

Following on from Year 7’s special Diwali-themed Spanish lesson, Year 7 students were all invited to take part in a Rangoli pattern competition. Students were asked to design a Rangoli pattern and to incorporate Spanish words into the design. Lots of students used the Spanish colour words very well! Some students even included whole sentences of Spanish. The entries were judged by a “neutral” supply teacher who was with us for the day and we are proud to announce that the three winning entries were all by Hodson students! Well done, Hodson!  Well done Kevin Chen H6, Aimie Stainke H4, Shannon Lewis H5!!

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Traditional Christmas Lunch at Pool Hayes

November 24, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

The Pool Hayes tradition  of a fantastic Christmas lunch is on the horizon and is already getting everyone’s mouths watering.

On Wednesday 9th December, students can pay £2.30 for either Roast Turkey or a Nut Roast accompanied by pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, creamy mash, baby sprouts, peas and carrots, followed up by either Christmas pudding or a choice from a wide selection of desserts.

The meal is always very popular and there is no sign that this year will be any different. Make sure you tuck in !





Skills Show 2015

November 22, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

40 students from Year 10 and 13 have visited the Skills Show. The event is held at the NEC and is the nation’s largest skills and careers event. This year, the show was bigger and more interactive than ever, with building, landscape gardening, car manufacturers, hair and beauty, catering and hospitality, forensics and the armed forces, just to name a few! The students had a brilliant day and enjoyed experiencing the wide range of activities on offer, as well as gaining careers advice and it has certainly got them thinking about their futures and planning how they will get there.
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Newman University Talk

November 20, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

As University applications are being sent off by many of our Sixth Formers and a number of students are starting to receive offers, the Sixth Form were given a highly informative talk on interview techniques led by Newman University. The talk, organised by Mr Price, involved all areas of interviews including that of preparation, how to conduct yourself within the interview and finally a top 5 tips of things to make sure you do in each interview;

  1. Research the University and course you’re being interviewed for.
  2. Prepare basic answers for what you’re going to be asked.
  3. Make sure to have a success story planned to talk about, in which highlighting your achievements.
  4. Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
  5. Make sure you tailor each interview to the University you’re being interviewed for.

This event was part of our commitment to aspirations within the Sixth Form and has followed numerous University talks and P6 sessions on personal statements.



Key Diary Dates

November 19, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr A Lawrence

Christmas is approaching quickly and it can certainly be a busy time for families. I therefore thought I would take the opportunity to write and remind parents and carers of some key dates for their diaries before the festive season gets into full swing:

Staff Training Day 4th December

The school will be closed to pupils on Friday the 4th December. This is as a part of our scheduled training time.

Christmas Lunch 9th December

Tickets are on sale now in order to reserve a Christmas Lunch. These cost £2.30 and are available to buy at break and lunch time. Those entitled to a free school meal can reserve their meal by showing their planner. A limited service of other food will be available on the day.

‘Ash Girl’ 10th and 11th December

Our Drama department this year are performing the play, ‘Ash Girl’. Tickets are available in school at lunch time at a cost of £3 for adults and £2 for children.

Christmas Concert 16th December

We will soon be selling tickets for the school’s Christmas Concert.  Ticket prices to be confirmed.

Last Day of Term 18th December

School will close at 12.45pm on the last day of term. Pupils who are entitled to a free school meal will be able to obtain food at break time.

Even though we are not yet in December, may I take an early opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Christmas.