New House System

April 27, 2015 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman


All students and parents will be well aware that we are moving to a House system after May half-term – with mixed tutor groups, Heads of Year becoming Heads of House, and a change to the tone and mix of the school. Staff and governors are very positive about the changes, they have been well planned, and we know they are going to further improve our school.

Even so, a critical part of the changes is to make sure that the students have a big say in how the changes come into place. The Student Council has been involved in the plans for some time, but all students have had assemblies on the changes, and they are currently voting for House names, colours, charities and competitions. The results will be counted next week and students will learn about their decisions towards the end of this half-term.

All students (and parents) will discover their new tutor group and their Head of House by Monday 18th May and the new system will operate from after half-term.

Any students or parents who have any queries or suggestions regarding the House system can email houses@poolhayesarts.com and you will get a response to your message.

This is going to be a fun and dynamic time for everyone at Pool Hayes and we welcome your contributions to making our school better and better and better.



St George’s Day Assembly

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

St George’s Day Assembly

A fantastic performance by 7 ARJ on “St George’s Day”.  The assembly was directed by Marlon Sakallah who researched St George’s Day and created a script for his form group to deliver.  Not only did he write the script he also directed the drama performance that taught others about the story of St George the patron saint of England.

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The performance started with questions asking the year group “Who is the real St George?” and “What does it mean to be English?” this was then followed by many images that the form group put together that they think England is known for around the world…

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We were then treated with a re-enactment of George and the Dragon.  During the fantastic performance we watched the brave Roman soldier with his distinctive shield fight the dragon to save the Princess.

The form group taught us that the popularity of St George in England stems from the time of the early Crusades when it is said that the Normans saw him in a vision and were victorious.

We also learnt that by tradition, 23 April is the day for a red rose in the button hole as the red rose is the national flower of England however for most people in England St George’s Day is just another ordinary working day.

“I really enjoyed putting the script together and deciding the characters for the performance.  I liked being the dragon” Marlon Sakallah.

“I liked being St George, I liked using the sword and the shield” Jack Avery.

Overall a fantastic assembly that was informative and well presented.  The form group worked really well as a team to rehearse and were extremely brave getting up in front of their peers and performing.  Well done to you all.

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New Message Alert System

April 24, 2015 in Front Page News by admin

Parents will have received text messages today from school advising of a change of number to our system.

Please use the new number that was in the first message for communicating with school from today.

You have also been asked to supply an email address for the primary contact of your child/children if you would like to use the free smartphone app to send and receive communications. Thank you to the many of you that have supplied this, we are working to make sure that they are put into the system as soon as possible, as without it being on the system you will not be able to register for the app.

As soon as this is done you will be notified and advised how to get the app.

Don’t worry if you don’t use a smartphone or have an email address, you will continue to get text messages in the normal way.



Year 7 and Year 8 Cricket

April 24, 2015 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr R Francis

Spring is definitely upon us and Summer is just around the corner which means cricket season is beginning.

There will be an after school cricket club starting Wednesday 29th April and is open to everyone in years 7 and 8.

You will develop key skills such as batting, catching, fielding, bowling and throwing.

Any levels of experience are welcome whether you have never held a bat before or if you play county level!

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• Start at 3:10
• Finish at 4:30
• PE kit and trainers must be worn

I will look forward to seeing lots of you next Wednesday.

Mr Francis

I will leave you with some famous words from the late legendary Richie Benaud –

“He’s not quite got hold of that one. If he had, it would have gone for nine”


Launch of “German” Lunchtime Club At Pool Hayes

April 22, 2015 in Front Page News by Mrs B Brazier

Launch of “German” lunchtime club at Pool Hayes!


The German lunchtime club started on Tuesday this week and we are so impressed with all 34 Students (and teachers!) who put their lunchtime to good use to learn some German.  What a great opportunity to learn German with the help of 3 native speakers!

Students from Year 7 up to Year 12 attended the club and worked together to practise saying their names, their ages and where they come from in German.

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The club is open to all students. We look forward to seeing you again next week! New students will also be very welcome to join us.

Thanks to Mr Schulze, Mr Beyer and Mr Paffrath!


Pool Hayes Defeat Old Rivals In Cup Glory

April 16, 2015 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr D Johnson

Pool Hayes defeat old rival to set up cup glory!!

Pool Hayes finally conquered their old rivals St Francis shortly before half term to book their place in the Walsall school’s cup final in late April. A thrilling 4-0 victory meant that in their final year the dream of signing off in glory is now a realistic possibility.

Home field advantage meant that Pool Hayes were able to get down the field early and go through an extensive warm-up, which definitely paid off as they raced out of the blocks to get an early goal via a terrific Max Woodhall strike in the second minute to give Pool Hayes the perfect start.

1-0 quickly became 2-0 as a scramble in the box from a corner lead to Levi Mulligan pouncing to smash home, to the delight of the parents and supporters that had ventured down to Five-Fields to cheer the boys on.

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Futures Programme: Cambridge University Residential

April 16, 2015 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

Futures Programme: Cambridge University Residential

Over the Easter break, two year 12 students, Millie Matthews and Abigail Cartwright took on a fantastic opportunity to go on a residential visit to Cambridge University, one of the consistent top Universities in the country.

‘We were given an amazing opportunity to have a four day residential at Cambridge university. We attended lectures and got the chance to dissect a locust opposite the lab where the structure of DNA was discovered and where the atom was first split. We were able to see the large variety of societies that are available at the university. There were other sessions that we attended such as advising us on how to apply to competitive universities and helping us look at other career paths.

We were put into groups and had a leader. Our groups competed against each other in the Cambridge challenge where we had to find our way to the river and do different tasks. As well as this we attend frequent group sessions. This allowed us to meet new people and become more confident. Our group leaders had to  choose a member of their group to win an award for pushing our boundaries. I (Millie) received that award for “pushing yourself and contributing.”

The highlight of the experience would have been the formal dinner and party, as we were able to reflect on our time at one of the best universities in the world.


Millie Matthews and Abigail Cartwright


Spelling Bee Results

April 15, 2015 in Front Page News by Mrs B Brazier

The School winners of the Spanish Spelling Bee competition went to Aston University on Wednesday 15th April for the Regional Finals.
Luis Smith, Maame Serwaa-Ackah, Kiya Hines and Sam Faithful did Pool Hayes proud. We didn’t make it through to the Nationals, however each Pool Hayes Student stood up in front of pupils representing schools from the entire of the West Midlands and did a great job of spelling out Spanish words correctly. To make it even more challenging, they had to do so using the Spanish alphabet!
Well done to all four of you. You will make excellent mentors to the Year 7 students who enter the competition next year!

Spelling Bee Regional Finalists

April 15, 2015 in Front Page News by Mrs B Brazier

We’re off!

4 of our year 7 students are on the way to Aston Uni for the Regional final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee

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Pool Hayes PSHEE Programme

April 13, 2015 in Front Page News by Ms F Agha

On Wednesday 18th March, it was Year 10’s turn to take part in the Pool Hayes PSHEE programme. The day was regarding ‘sexual health and pregnancy awareness’ and we had the pleasure of having Theresa Wild, a health advisor from Walsall to share her knowledge.

The day looked at various diseases and looked at the dangers of underage sex. Overall it was an enjoyable day that the Year 10’s found very informative and interesting.

Here are some of the comments from pupils:-

“ I have learnt a lot about STI’s that I’ve never heard of before and the symptoms followed by it. Also, I know that there are services available if I ever need help or advice”. 

Today I was really lucky to witness all of the information about STI’s and how to stay safe when thinking about sex. This will really benefit me in the future”. 

“It was a fun way to learn, but it also hit everyone with the facts and was a good way to warn people of the effects of unprotected sex”. 

“ I have learnt that some diseases can be deadly”. 

“ I have learnt the importance of protecting yourself during sex”. 

“ Today I have learnt about all sorts of STI’s and how you could see if you have anything unusual and if I ever need advice or help, I know who to go to”. 

A great day had by all. Well done Year 10.

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Miss Agha