A local secondary school is making great strides with the support of Walsall Council.
Pool Hayes Arts and Community School in Willenhall is on a positive path to improve following its Ofsted inspection from September 2013.
Since this Ofsted inspection the school has had a new Headteacher, a new Deputy Headteacher and a new School Business Manager.
Improvements have been swift and are already being recognised.
A more recent Ofsted monitoring inspection stated: “Senior leaders, with the support of the local authority, and the newly appointed headteacher, have acted swiftly to improve teaching”. Even more recently, an external inspection from September 2014 stated: “The headteacher… has galvanised the staff into action”, “students behave well”, “some teaching is inspirational” and “the school demonstrates a strong capacity to improve”. Read the rest of this entry →
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit
The recent Trojan Horse Inquiry looked into extremism in schools and resulted in all schools now have a statutory duty to receive training on spotting extremism and how to deal with it.
Consequently, Gavin Nixon, from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, came into school to meet with and talk to staff on how to use their PREVENT strategy which trains staff to spot possible cases before they happen. The training was a unique insight into the work of counter-terrorism and, though it is not an issue that has come up at our school, it is a problem that we are asked to look out for and report. Equally, it builds on many of the excellent Safeguarding practices and PSHEE projects that we already run so successfully in school.
As on all things in schools, it is better to be well trained and well prepared for every eventuality.
Movie Madness for Key Stage Four this week. Pupils with exceptional attendance, punctuality and behaviour were invited along to a special screening of a festive favourite. The reward event included sharing food, time and laughs with their friends. One pupil stated “what a great idea!!!” Make sure you’re invited to our next rewards trip in the Easter term by maintaining a positive attitude towards all aspects of school life. Well done to all that attended! Merry Christmas from Miss Sarginson and Mrs Gardner.
Play Nights Success
On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December Drama’s annual Play Nights were performed to sold out audience’s. “Separated”, written by Chloe Freeman-Chick of year 11 and Eleanor Lanyon of year 9, tells a story of twins separated at birth, only to be reunited years later and become best friends. The show was a complete success with the audience being taken on a journey of friendship, love and heartbreak. The show was directed intelligently by Mitchell Griffiths of year 13, Josh Pullinger of year 11 and Reece Bushell of year 11; with our technical director Joe Eccleston of year 12 and Stage Manager Jack Wylie of year 12, also doing superb jobs. I am very proud of the whole cast and crew who worked wonderfully together to create something amazing.
Sixth Form Charity Event
The Sixth Form have done a bake sale today and it went brilliantly well. They managed to sell all their cakes and made a good profit that will go towards our chosen charity, Let us Play. Thank you to all the students for getting ingredients, making and donating cakes and for all of the effort that went into selling them today.
Pool Hayes Year 8 eased passed Barr Beacon on their first Basketball away game of the season.
The first quarter was a breeze, as the opposing defence seemed to be pretty unsteady. It was a great start to the game, lay ups and fast attacking was proving that Pool Hayes were switched on from tip off.
The second quarter was more laid back, as counter attacks were employed to get some quick baskets. The team came in a half time the better of the two teams, winning both quarters without conceding a basket.
The half time team talk saw Barr Beacon come back on court more physical and alert than Pool Hayes. Concentration when defending was poor and saw Pool Hayes give away a very easy basket. Fortunately, Pool Hayes began to switch on after a Mr. Mallott called a time out which was much needed. We began to concentrate on the game and get in our lay ups and extended the lead further after strengthening the defence and moving the ball quicker.
The fourth quarter was Pool Hayes’ game to take. Pressure on the opposition meant we could hold off the opponents. Movement off the ball is an aspect the we need to improve upon to convert more baskets and have more attacking attempts. Luckily we managed to hold off Barr Beacon in a very impressive first game of the season.
Pool Hayes 28 – Barr Beacon 2
MVP Ronnie Pal; great aggression and determination, 17 points
Second highest scorers; Ben Jones and Liam Pullar with 4 points each.
Report written by Ronnie Pal (Year 8 Basketball Captain)