Apprenticeships With Jaguar Landrover

November 28, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

Looking at Jaguar Landrover Apprenticeships

On Thursday 27th November 9 students who had expressed an interest in engineering were involved in a video link up with Jaguar Landrover to discover more about their Apprenticeship scheme. Jaguar Landrover offer two levels of Apprenticeship Advanced and Higher.
The Advanced Scheme is designed for those who have completed GCSEs and runs for three to four years. The Higher Scheme runs for six years and is split into two business areas: Engineering and Finance (Accountancy). At the end of the six year programme apprentices will finish with a degree in engineering. Students must apply online and complete competency tests before being invited to an assessment centre where they will have to complete a group and practical exercise, structured interview and psychometric test. Jaguar Landrover were keen to point out that applicants are also judged on
• Willingness to learn
• Team working/ Working with others
• Motivation for role / Engineering interest
• Quality focus
• Personal Responsibility and Resilience
• Problem solving
In the past over 5,ooo people have applied but only 250 have been offered places. Students said that the link up was really informative and that they would certainly consider applying to Jaguar Landrover as their training was intensive and the pay and conditions were really good.


Year 9 Basketball

November 28, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr T Harris

The Year 9 Basketball team earned themselves a merry sing song home after a splendid opening game vs St Francis.


Blade “Johnny Cash” Edwards led an awesome acoustic session on the way home similar to the high standards shown by the team on court during the first two quarters.

Manvser Soray led the way by proving to one and all of what can be achieved with practise. Rarely missing a day after school in the last two years, his level of skill when dribbling with a basketball was too much for the opposition to handle. His three solo baskets, all drives from the point guard position finishing with a lay-up were simply sublime.

Tonight also saw the rise of our new position within the team known as the ‘free roaming’ position. This consists of two players in the team being allowed to move anywhere on court as long as they rebound when a shot has been attempted at either end. Rain Cooper, Ben Styles and Blade Edwards are the perfect combination for this role; a perfect storm of height, strength, power and lay-up ability leading to over ten baskets between them. Ben Styles top scored the game with six individual baskets. Read the rest of this entry →


Virtually University Video Conference

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr B Mescam



On Tuesday 25th, the first Video Conference organised by Virtually University took place. Sixth Formers who have shown an interest in Apprenticeships within IT and Digital Media industries were specifically invited. The session was delivered by Ben Rowland, Co-founder of Arch; a business that specialises in finding young people Apprenticeships in IT and Digital Media industries. The session covered the following areas:

o An interactive introduction to the world of work
o The IT and digital marketing industries
o Arch apprenticeships
o Introduction to an Arch apprentice to share their experience
o Questions

By and large the students who attended found it both useful and informative with feedback including:

Kyle Birch “ The points were put across clearly and there was a fair amount of explanation. The audio was a little difficult to understand at times but overall it was a very informative presentation that has made me feel more confident in applying for an apprenticeship.” Read the rest of this entry →


ANTI-BULLYING WEEK – November 2014

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Allman

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK (November 2014):

National Anti-Bullying Week was a huge success at Pool Hayes with a wide range of evens through the week pushing the anti-bullying message, offering advice and guidance to students, and educating students on acceptable behaviour in school, at home, on-line and in the workplace. The special event included a Y7 PSHEE Focus Day, special assemblies and performances, quizzes, competitions, themed lessons across the school, wristbands, anti-extremism projects and themed booklets with prizes for local primary schools.

Local business leaders came into to work with students on the theme and their feedback was hugely positive and wrote to us afterwards to say: “May I say how fantastic your Y7 pupils were on the day. The business supported and I had a great time with them and it must be said that their behaviour and respect shown to the visitors was exemplary. All the visitors have asked when the next event is due at Pool Hayes and have gone away with the impression of a top class school”.

Special thanks must go to Ms Agha and Ms Williams who co-ordinated the week and huge congratulations to the students who have shown that they will not accept bullying in any shape or form.



Year 11 Basketball

November 25, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Mr A Banbery

Year 11 Basketball

The first game of the new season was away to Chesterton Community Sports College, Newcastle -under- Lyme, in the English Schools Cup competition.

The cup is a knockout tournament, but only after a provisional “pool” which schools are placed based upon location within the West Midlands. Our pool consists of Willenhall EACT Academy, Sir Graham Balfour School, St Josephs College and St John Fisher Catholic College.

Squad names….

Keynan H Kang, Issac Gordon, Naz Webb, Ben Wooldridge, Luke Simons, Jack Hayes, Charlie Haywood, Ryan Mall, Sean Faulkner, Danny Cooper and Sam Bennett.

It took around an hour and a quarter to get there and so students had to leave school early to make the 3.45 pm tip-off. Isaac led the warm up himself and took the boys through a comprehensive pulse raiser and stretching routine showing ballistic and static (active) stretches. Read the rest of this entry →


Pool Hayes Arts and Community School Christmas Concert

November 24, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr P Hickman

Wednesday 17th December 2014

Come along and hear a wonderful selection of festive music performed by singers and performers from Pool Hayes in the School Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 17th December.
There will be a variety of carols and other festive musical items performed by ‘Stage Chorus’ including past and modern classics. The concert will also include solo instrumentalists and singers, Wind Ensemble and our brass players.
Come along and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and hot drink to get your holiday celebrations off to a great start.
Tickets cost £3/2 and are available now from Mr Hickman or Mrs Dufty in the music office.

Xmas Concert Poster 2014


Clean Sheet for Senior Netball Squad

November 21, 2014 in Front Page News, Sports News by Miss A Sarginson

Clean Sheet for Senior Netball Squad

netball cs

The start of the Netball season has been a successful one for the Year 10/11/12/13 Netballers! The team have played three away games so far this season and have triumphed in all of them with impressive scores such as 37 – 3.
In the match against Shire Oak on Wednesday 19th November the girls got off to a rocky start. Due to an unusual combination of players available, a lot of the girls had to play out of their normal positions. They struggled initially in defence, conceding 5 goals to Shire Oak in the first half. After a stern team talk and a change of tactics at half time the girls managed to get back to their usual playing standard for the beginning of the second half. With stronger man to man marking from the Bate sisters, excellent centre pass tactics and consistent shooting from Kinga Gasiorowska (Year 10) and Rumun Buparai (Year 11), the team managed to pull off a 29 – 5 win.
Good luck in your match against Aldridge next week!
Miss A. Sarginson


6th Form Open Evening

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss N Dale

Sixth Form Options Evening – Thursday 20th November at 7pm

 Come along and see what our Sixth Form is all about! 


Mayor & Royal British Legion Visit

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs A Plimmer

Mayor and Royal British Legion attend school assembly to commemorate the WW1 centenary
Last Friday morning, the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith and Sam Langston, area Vice Chairman for the Royal British Legion attended Pool Hayes Arts and Community school’s Remembrancetide assembly.
The special assembly which was delivered by Year 10 and Year 7 students, focused mainly on the centenary of WW1, rounded off the school’s endeavours to mark last week’s Armistice Day. Year 8 student, Sadie, said ‘I think it was important for the school to remember the soldiers who died in the world wars. All of the different Remembrance Day activities and assemblies have helped me to understand more about why we should remember and pay respect to those who died for us.’
Both the Mayor and Sam Langston, were suitably impressed, with the students’ efforts to encourage their peers to pause to remember the war dead. The Mayor spoke to the students of his hopes for peace in the world. A teary-eyed Sam Langston said, ‘The pupils were wonderful, the assembly was very emotional for me.’
Headteacher, Mr Allman, said ‘I have nothing but praise for the students, they have been thoughtful and respectful and most importantly they have actively participated, in the numerous events, organised by the school, to commemorate Remembrance Day.’



Carillion Guest Speaker

November 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs J Rivett

On Tuesday 18th November our speaker was Nicola Markall a Construction Site Manager for Carillion.
Carillion is one of the UK’s leading integrated support services companies; it has extensive construction capabilities. In the UK these include the Channel Tunnel, the Tate Modern – the world’s most visited modern art gallery, and the Library of Birmingham. Carillion have also created landmark buildings across the Middle East. Carillion employ thousands of staff, using subcontractors to complete anything from carpentry, plumbing, plastering and electrical work to name but a few of the trades used on site.
Nicola told us that projects can cost anywhere from 10-100 million pounds. Nicola had been working on her current project for the Ministry of Defence for three years and the project still has two years to run until completion. Nicolas job is to liaise with the architects and builders to ensure that the project specifications are met and it comes in on budget. Safety on site is paramount and all workers are expected to comply with Health and Safety regulations. Nicola told students of her background training as an architect and how she then went onto working on different projects gaining valuable experience and qualifications along the way. Nicola was keen to stress the fact that both science and maths play a huge part in being an architect and that even after a university degree students can still expect to train for another 7 years to gain Chartership membership.
Nicola agreed that construction has primarily been a man’s world but that if you have the drive and ambition you can secure a well-paid and satisfying career.