Year 11 Basketball Success Story
The Year 11 boys basketball team have secured the Walsall League title, for the fifth consecutive year – meaning they have taken the league title in every single year they have competed for the school since they started as Year 7 in September 2009. In fact, since 2009, they have proven themselves worthy winners in all but 1 game from a total of 32 Walsall School’s League games played, which is a phenomenal record in any competition, at any level.
They have played some incredible basketball at times: for example in the West Midlands Cup tournaments, which the boys won and also the English Schools Cup, where they made the last 16 in the country on more than one occasion! Many of the boys who learned to play basketball at Pool Hayes now play for teams in their own time, which is a success story in itself. Read the rest of this entry →
My First Half-Term… by the Headteacher
The time has been spent working with students and staff to improve achievement, working with parents to better support their children, working with other schools to get their best practice set up alongside our own, and getting used to – and challenging – the way things have “always been done” at the school.
The students, staff and governors have been fantastic throughout, amidst a period of rapid change, and there is a real will to improve and succeed. This is backed up by the half-term’s headline information which tells you that:
- Formal lesson observations – using external OFSTED-trained observers – saw over ¾ of lessons judged good to outstanding… and there is plenty of work going on to further improve this…
- Saturday School is up-and-running – with the last one seeing over 60 Y11s-Y13s in school between 10.00am-1.00pm…
- New assessment systems being rolled out across the school to better inform and guide students on how they can improve…
- The Sixth Form Centre being extended and wholly up-dated…
- The ‘A Night with the Starts’ Dance Show being a hugely successful sell-out…
- And the recent field visit to Iceland providing an exciting mix of volcanoes, ghosts, Vikings and puffins – or so the real-time ‘CoverItLive’ on the school website tells us…
The attraction of coming to Pool Hayes was that it was a school with the potential to be outstanding. The good news for me is that every student, member of staff, governor and parent I have met has only made it clearer that this is the case.
I look forward to speaking to more of you over the next half-term and getting your input into making our school the best in the district.
‘Yr 9 secure Basketball honours for third consecutive year’
Pool Hayes” year 9 Basketballers once again proved too strong for the competition after securing Basketball honours for the third consecutive year.
After reaching the last 16 in the National finals last year, the pupils continued to flourish after beating Walsall Academy in the Walsall Schools Final 27-22.
A tight game was contested between both teams with a massively improved Walsall Academy team pushing Pool Hayes all the way until the final buzzer.
A special mention to Jerome Parsley who scored 14 points in leading the team to victory. The boys will now represent Walsall Schools in the Black Country Games later this year.
Well done gents!
Congratulations to all of the pupils from Pool Hayes and Barcroft Primary School who were involved in another fantastic show. The standard and the interest are forever increasing and last night you danced your hearts out. You did yourselves, parents and teachers proud.
Well Done and roll on Grease
A very proud Miss Williams
Yr12 Performing Arts students helping Yr9 to ‘Make the Right Choice’
Year 12 Students are currently working on a Theatre In Education Performance on the topic of alcohol abuse and smoking. This performance is aimed at educating year 9 about the effects – both short and long term of alcohol abuse and smoking, as well as peer pressure and how this can affect teenagers. The students felt that this was a really good way of sharing vital experiences and information in a fun and engaging way. Performances will take place after half term for Year 9 students. We are also taking the performance on tour to Cannock Chase High School.