Pool Academy students wave goodbye to Harold Hedgehog

A hedgehog rescued by Pool Academy staff and students has been released back into the wild after being nursed back to health.

Harold before he was released

Harold before he was released

Four students travelled to Duchy College Rosewarne to wave goodbye to the creature as his enclosure doors were opened ready to set him free.

About a month ago the hedgehog, affectionately named Harold by the school, had been found tangled in school cricket nets. He was in shock, underweight and dehydrated.

PE teachers Alistair Durant and Julian Hosking rushed to its aid, with the help of some students, and used scissors to cut it free.

Unfortunately, there was still some netting caught under its arm and so it was taken to Duchy College by Learning Facilitator Sarah Jackson.

The hedgehog was 572 grams when it arrived at the college but on the day of his release he was 876 grams– a weight gain of nearly 300g.

Students were allowed to hold Harold one last time before he was set free.

Neve looking after Harold

Neve looking after Harold

Neve, Year 9, was first to hold the hedgehog. She said: “I liked his nose. He was a sweetheart. I really enjoyed it.”

Harvey, Year 9, said: “He flinched a bit when I held him. He wasn’t too heavy to hold.”

Lucy Bennetts, Head Technician at Duchy College Rosewarne, said: “The hedgehog has been doing really well.

“He was so thin when he arrived and was dehydrated.

“He is a beautiful size now. He is how he should be.

“It is the perfect time for him to go.

“We think he was last year’s baby and so this will be the first year he will be going out to find a mate.”

She said Harold has not returned to its enclosure since they left the door open.

“It appears he ate his tea and then decided to venture out around his new home,” she said. “We don’t think he has returned.

 “We have liked having him here. He has had the most expensive food and has also had meal worms and students at the college have been collecting slugs and snails for him.”

Sarah Jackson, Learning Facilitator at Pool Academy, said: “Thank you to Duchy College for letting us be involved in the hedgehog’s recovery and release.

“We were surprised at how big he had gotten since we first brought him to the college.

“They really look after their animals at the college.

“We were excited to see Harold being released.”

Harvey and Harold about to be released...

Harvey and Harold about to be released...

Sporting Pool Academy students given donation for new cricket equipment

Sporting students from Pool Academy have been given a donation for new cricket equipment.

Members of The Rotary Club of Redruth visited the school recently with a £50 cheque to go towards the cost of new balls and other items.

It was handed over to Jarrod Hambly the Pool Academy U13 cricket captain. The new kit items were used in The Crusaders Cup competition which is sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Cornwall.
After the cheque presentation the school cricket team took part in the U13 match V Redruth School which resulted in a tie – for the second year in a row.

They then took part in the quarter-finals against Penair School on Thursday (June 8) where they played well and had a good game.

Julian Hosking, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said: “We are delighted to receive the money. It will help go towards the cost of cricket balls and kit. This new equipment was used when we practiced for the quarter-finals.”


Roger Watson of the Rotary Club of Redruth presenting The Pool Academy U13 captainJarrod Hambly  with the cheque.

Roger Watson of the Rotary Club of Redruth presenting The Pool Academy U13 captainJarrod Hambly  with the cheque.

Pool Academy poets’ work selected to represent Cornwall at international festival

Pool Academy poetry students have been selected to represent Cornwall at an international festival this summer.

Lucy Humphreys, librarian at Pool Academy, has been chosen to travel to the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany to read poems in Cornish.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

She has now invited some students from her poetry class to create pieces she can read along with a selection of others in her repertoire.

The annual Celtic festival, which has been taking place since the 1970s, is held in Lorient, Brittany, in August.

It sees people from a number of nations coming together to celebrate the art and culture of Celtic history.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, is one of the students selected. He said he has been composing a poem about miners for Miss Humphreys to read at the event.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” he said. “It is an honour.”

Harry Kessell, Year 7 , is also excited about composing a poem for the event.

Miss Humphreys, who attended the festival last year as a dancer, said this is the first time she has been asked to represent Cornwall as a poet.

As well as reading the students’ poems she will also recite two of her own poems and has chosen two from Cornish poets.

The poems which are currently in English will be translated into the Cornish language for her by poet Pol Hodge, whose work she will also be reading.

She said: “It will be good to have poems from a range of ages and styles. They are about being Cornish, living in Cornwall and the Cornish language and landscape.

“I am excited to be going to Brittany and representing Cornwall.”

Festivalgoers will be arriving in traditional Celtic clothing and the festival includes a procession, music, dance and food.

Learning Festival Success at Pool Academy

Minecraft, crime solving and 3D painting helped to make a successful learning festival at Pool Academy.

The school was one of the first in the country to host the Accessibility Learning Festival recently.

A selection of Year 5 to Year 8 children from across the county were invited along to take part in a number of technology-led workshops during the one-day event.

A ‘crime scene’ with police tape had been set up in the corner of the school gym and youngsters had to use their problem solving skills to figure out clues.

There was a Minecraft Education Edition workshop. Minecraft is a computer game using blocks to build adventures and youngsters had to make structures and then write instructions for others to follow.

Other sessions saw youngsters using QR codes, discovering computer coding with a pocket sized computer and a 3D painting workshop.

Five secondary schools signed up for the morning sessions and six primary schools took part in the afternoon.

Pool Academy student Finley, Year 7, said: “I loved the festival.  It was really good fun. I enjoyed the Minecraft session.”

Michael, Year 8, said: “I enjoyed it. It was good to work with others too. The crime scene was good although we couldn’t find the fourth clue.”

Mr Buckingham, from Pool Academy, said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome staff and students from other schools into the Academy. We have developed a close relationship with Tablet Academy over the last 18 months and this has resulted in us being able to host some fantastic events.

“These experiences have benefited a huge number of students, both primary and secondary and across all ability ranges.”

David Fuller, Tablet Academy Principal Education Consultant, led the festival workshops.

He said: “I really like doing the festivals at Pool Academy. Mr Buckingham is an outstanding organiser.

“The children seem to be really enjoying the festival. The challenges they have been given are challenging but in a nice way.”

Mr Fuller said the workshop sessions were created to include a number of different learning skills including literature, arts, biology and problem solving.

He thanked the school for all its efforts in helping with the preparation of the event

The festival has been provided thanks to a partnership between Tablet Academy and BT Business Direct.

The free event was split into two workshop sessions, morning and afternoon, each lasting about two and a half hours.

Pool Academy teacher surprised with a Certificate of Excellence.

A Pool Academy teacher is smiling after being surprised with a Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

Shelley George, Head of English, did not know she had been entered into the Pearson Teaching Awards until she was presented with the certificate recently.

Mrs Phillips, an English Teacher at the academy, received an email about the awards last October and decided to nominate Miss George.

In secret Mrs Phillips filled out an extensive application for the competition and decided not to say a word until the certificate arrived this month (JUNE).

Zelma Hill, Pool Academy Principal, then conducted a surprise presentation at a staff meeting in front of all her colleagues.

Miss George said: “It was a wonderful surprise.

“I didn’t know anything about it. People know I don’t like things like this so my friend Mrs Phillips did it secretly. 

Shelley George holding her Pearson Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

Shelley George holding her Pearson Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

“She managed to keep quiet about it.

“It is the first time I have ever had an award in my life.”

Mrs Phillips said she had to fill out a large amount of criteria about Miss George’s teaching including describing an average lesson, showing how students responded to her and demonstrate how she inspired her colleagues.

Mrs Phillips said: “We received an email about the awards last year and I immediately thought of Ms George.

 “It was quite a gruelling application.”

Mrs Phillips was told Miss George’s application was one of thousands from across the country entered into the awards this year.

The Teaching Awards were set up 1999 to recognise and celebrate excellence in education. 

The Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching.

Officials at the Pearson Teaching Awards Trust said the Awards were an opportunity to say ‘thank you’, to teachers. 


Pool Academy student selected for Chef of the Year Competition semi-finals

A Pool Academy student has reached the South West Chef of the Year semi-finals after creating a mouth-watering Cornish dish.

Emma Green, Year 9, has created her Cornish Trio Seafood Platter for the Junior Class of the competition.

The dish consists of crab linguine and wild garlic, scallops and seaweed, mussels with a white wine reduction and tomato.

Her menu has been inspired by Cornwall and local produce. She studied a number of different menus while researching the final dish to find the best ingredients.

Pool Academy student Emma who has reached the semi-finals of the Junior Class in the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Pool Academy student Emma who has reached the semi-finals of the Junior Class in the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Emma will be competing against other school students from across the South West to win a top prize of the chance toget work experience with two Michelin-starred Chef David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

Emma said: “I have been practicing the dish at home and at school.

“I am a little bit nervous about the semi-finals but I am confident too.

“I like cooking. I have always liked it. It is something I would like to get into when I’m older.

“I was five years old when I first made something by myself. I cooked cupcakes.

“This is just something I really like doing.”

The semi-finals are due to take place at Cornwall College on June 27 and is open to those aged 11 to 16 year olds.

The youngsters have been asked to create a main course dish to serve two people using ingredients from the South West of England.

Judges deciding on the winning dishes are expected to be Neil Haydrock Executive Chef of Watergate Bay Hotel, Stephane Delourme the Head Chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and Mark Devonshire the Chef Lecturer at Cornwall College.

Emma’s Food Tech and Nutrition teacher, Mrs Strana, said: “Emma really took care to source her recipe.

“She’s got a good chance and deserves success

Pool Academy students praised by officials after two-day expedition

Pool Academy students have been praised by officials after completing a two-day expedition near Newquay.

A group from Year 9 and 10 spent the weekend navigating and camping in the Crantock area for their Duke of Edinburgh Award recently.

Despite varying weather conditions they completed their trip successfully and impressed the official examiner who was assessing their efforts.

Students began their trip on Saturday morning and walked about 14 kilometres a day while carrying out research projects.

They used stoves to cook their own meals, including pasta and cheese, sausage and beans and chocolate pudding, and slept in tents.

They didn’t arrive home until 5pm Sunday night.

Sarah Jackson, Pool Academy Learning Facilitator, said: “We had 16 students who spent two days navigating and camping. During the weekend there was a mixture of rain, wind and sunshine.

“They coped well with the different weather conditions.

“They all managed themselves well and came back exhausted.

“The examiner was so pleased with the group. In his report he advised all the students move up to the silver award.”

John Larke, DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor, said: “The teams were all very well integrated. It was very noticeable how they all looked after each other and worked as a team.

“As an assessor I go around assessing various teams from various organisations and certainly in my opinion the quality of training they received from Sarah before the expedition is of the highest standard possible.”

To complete the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award youngsters have to carry out a volunteer activity, take part an activity to improve health and physical fitness, develop a skill and take part in a two day and one-night expedition.

As part of their voluntary work Pool Academy students previously took part in a spring clean in the community.

They spent three months carrying out activities such as litter picking on local beaches and in parks.

Kind-hearted Pool Academy student donates handmade sensory board

A kind-hearted Pool Academy student has donated a handmade sensory board to youngsters after hours of hard work.

Leona, Pool Academy’s head girl, has been working for months on the board which she has designed to help children at Lower Curnow School, in Illogan.

The board has been created with features on it intended to help learning via sound, touch and sight. The 16-year-old has used a variety of textures and added an abacus and alphabet on it.

Leona said her sister, who attends Curnow School in Redruth, was her inspiration to make the item. It was for a project for her Resistant Materials class at Pool Academy.

She enjoyed creating the piece and was happy to hand it over for the children to use.

“I wanted to make something to help my sister,” she said.

“I made a mini one for her and then I spoke to Curnow School to make a bigger one.

“I asked the school if it was ok to come and take the measurements and they said yes.

“They were happy that I donated it to them.”

Leona said she spent a while collecting all the different materials to place on the board and her Gran donated the buttons.

She said: “It was a lot of fun to make and I had to do a lot of trialling and testing.

“I am excited about handing it over to the school.”

Leona’s mother said she was proud of her daughter’s generosity: “She wanted to donate it to the school.

“This was an idea she came up with all by herself.”

Gina Briggs, Headteacher at Lower Curnow School, said: “We are very grateful for the project and for Leona thinking about our pupils. She is very caring.”

Budding Biologists win national science award

Budding biologists from Pool Academy are celebrating after being awarded certificates for high scores in a national science challenge.

Students from year 9 and 10 took part in the British Biology Challenge, hosted by the Royal Society of Biology, at the academy.

Around 36,000 youngsters from across the country took part in the challenge which saw them having to complete two 25 minute papers with questions that got increasingly harder.

The challenge tested students not only on what they had learnt at school but also on their expertise and understanding of the natural world.

The varied questions ranged from asking for the collective noun of a group of Rhinos to macro-physiological adaptations.

Pool Academy students ranked highly in the test, beating thousands of other students nationally, and will receive an award from the Royal Society of Biology for scoring in the top 30 per cent.

Mr Jones, a science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “It is a very hard challenge but they beat 36,000 other students in the UK.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and their success in this rigorous challenge.

“Competing in a national challenge such as this is no mean feat. Commendation needs to be given to all participants.

“The achievements of our students in this challenge are a testament to the on-going hard work of both them and their teachers."

Minecraft, crime solving and 3D painting workshops at Pool Academy for learning festival

Pool Academy is due to host a learning festival with Minecraft, crime solving and 3D painting workshops.

The Accessibility Learning Festival is due to take place on Tuesday (June 13) for a selection of Year 5 to Year 8 students.

During the day there are plans for a Minecraft Education Edition workshop to take place encouraging youngsters to make a structure and then write instructions for others to follow.

Minecraft is a computer game using blocks to build adventures.

Other sessions include crime solving using QR codes and discovering computer coding with a pocket sized computer.

There will also be a 3D painting workshop where students use a digital pen to create images which they then learn to turn into 3D objects.

Pool Academy has seen five secondary schools already sign up for the morning sessions and six primary schools hoping to take part in the afternoon.

David Buckingham, from Pool Academy, said: “It promises to be a fantastic event.

“This is a new festival offered by the Tablet Academy and as such we are among the first schools in the country to host it.

“We are delighted to be welcoming the staff and students from our neighbouring primary and secondary schools too.”

The festival has been provided thanks to a partnership between Tablet Academy and BT Business Direct.

The free event is split into two workshop sessions, morning and afternoon, each lasting about two and a half hours.

The workshops are led by consultants from the Tablet Academy.

The one-day festival will take place at Pool Academy from 9.30am until 3.30pm.

Pool Academy awarded Star Supporter certificate by local charity

Pool Academy staff have been awarded a Star Supporter certificate after helping a local charity.

Redruth Charity Trust’s 12th Annual Youth Sports Award Presentation event was held at the school recently.

Chris Hailey, chairman of the charity, said the Trust didn’t have any facilities of its own to host the event and so was grateful to Pool Academy offering their hall.

More than 300 people attended the awards which saw 19 clubs benefiting from the charity’s generosity with new kit.

Mr Hailey said: “We have given the Star Supporter certificate to Pool Academy for hosting our new Sports Awards event. We appreciated being able to use the Academy’s excellent facilities and to be able to hold the event with the sports department.

“We really appreciated that.”

Mr Hailey said he was grateful to Head of PE, Alistair Durant, who gave a speech during the evening.

He and some of the students also helped provide teas and coffees to attendees that night.

“This certificate is a big thank you from us to the Academy staff,” said Mr Hailey. “We really appreciate working with them.”

Mr Hailey said people had told him they found the evening inspiring.

“Inspiring young people is what we want to do,” he added.

During the Annual Youth Sports Award Presentation Pool Academy was given a PE kit containing Con15 netball outfits worth about £300.  Illogan Juniors girls’ teams were given three playing kits and Redruth RFC Mini Juniors were handed new heavyweight tackle bags.

Mr Durant said: “I am extremely grateful to the Redruth Charity Trust which supports all the schools and all the local sports clubs.”

The awards event was a joint funding project between Redruth Charity Trust and Pool Academy.

Mr Durant added if there were any local businesses interested in sponsoring the charity they should contact Mr Hailey.

For more information about the charity visit www.redruthcharitytrust.org.uk


A talented pianist from Pool Academy is celebrating after being awarded top marks in her latest grading exams.

Nicole, year 9, received the good news this week that she had passed her Piano Grade Two with a distinction.

The talented student, who took the exam on March 23, had to wait almost a month to find out her score. She was given 93 out of a possible 100 marks.

She said: “My piano teacher told me the results and that I had got the grade.

“My nan, grandad, mum and dad were so proud of me.”

Nicole, who started learning the piano when she was 10 years old, said she enjoyed playing a wide range of music from pop to classical.

To achieve the grade two qualification she was asked to memorise three pieces, each a minute long, as well as perform scales and play a new piece of music given to her during the exam.

The result was thanks to hours of hard work and practice.

She said: “I practiced nearly every day and I had to memorise each of the three pieces to play to the examiner. They were each a minute long and it can be hard to remember but I managed it.”

Nicole says she is now continuing to work on improving her musical skills in order to pass higher exams in the future.

“I am now starting grade three,” she said. “I want to do quite well with the piano.”

Pool Academy students creatively debate homelessness

Homelessness and refugees were the hot topics when Pool Academy attended a creative debate workshop.

Students, from year 9 and 10, were invited to Falmouth University Penryn to take part in their inaugural Debate/ Create workshop recently.

The day saw youngsters thinking about social, economic and political issues surrounding Homelessness and the Refugee Crisis.

The debate was hosted by Daphne Skinnard from BBC Cornwall and students were encouraged to put questions to an expert panel including Derek Thomas MP for St Ives, Corinna Langford from St Petroc’s Society, Tony Sanders Children of Hope Kenya and Sam Fitzpatrick of Trelya.

This inspired students to get creative and use their imaginations. They used art, drama, writing, animation and photography to explore issues around homelessness.

Peter Ryder, from Pool Academy, said: “It was fantastic for the children to be able to spend the day at university. The formal debate with key community members really gave our students the chance to shine and build their skills speaking in a public forum.

“It was great that they were also able to experience so much of the campus and to get a real insight into university life.”

Youngsters from five other schools in the area also took part in the event.

Mary Hesling, Corporate Events Coordinator at Falmouth University, said:  “Falmouth University was delighted to partner with local schools to welcome pupils to the Debate | Create event on the Penryn Campus.

“The pupils came very well prepared having researched the debate topic of Homelessness.

“Throughout the day the pupils were highly engaged, asking challenging questions during the debate and producing exceptional and thoughtful work in the interactive workshops.

“We hope all partners got as much out of the event as we did.”


Pool Academy students have been learning lessons down on the sands thanks to a Cornish charity.

The Wave Project charity recently invited a selection of youngsters to Newquay to experience learning in a different environment.

Gone were the whiteboards, iPads, pens and paper when they turned up at Towan Beach to take part in maths, geography and art lessons. Instead students used the sand to work out sums, looked at their surroundings to learn about rock formations, and created sculptures using rakes.

They also took part in PE lessons on the beach which saw them dressed in wetsuits tackling obstacle courses.

Nicola Sheriff, head of marketing at The Waves Charity, said this was all part of the Beach Sessions Project which helps youngsters to learn outside of the classroom environment.

She said: “They create big art pieces and sculptures, look at rock formations, learn poetry and write sums on the beach in the sand.

“They also make really big drawings with rakes and create mandala patterns.

 “We try to follow the curriculum so we will do maths, English, art and geography in the environment of the beach.

“We don’t teach in classrooms. This is a project for people who don’t get on as well in the classroom but learn in other ways.”

Nicola said the Beach Sessions were very successful and helped students get out in the open and ‘breathe in some sea air’ as well as learn.

The sessions took place even if it rained.

The Wave Project, which started in 2010 to provide one-to-one surfing lessons for youngsters, has now branched out with Beach Sessions.

Jason Webb, from Pool Academy, said: “Being involved with the Wave Project this year has been an incredible opportunity for our Year 8's here at Pool Academy.

“It has ignited the students' love of learning and enabled them to improve their behaviour and attendance and re-engage with school life.”

Pool Academy students took part in six beach sessions over the school term.

Sarah Jackson, Pool Academy Learning Facilitator, said: “We had a really good six weeks. They really enjoyed themselves. The students put in 100 percent into everything.

“It was a worthwhile project to get involved with. It was well thought out and well structured. Each session was different and they had the students’ best interests at heart.

“We hope to take part in sessions with the Wave Project again.”


A hedgehog is being nursed back to health after kind-hearted members of Pool Academy rescued it from cricket nets.

Students attending after school cricket practice were caught by surprise when they discovered the creature trapped in the nets.

PE teachers Alistair Durant and Julian Hosking rushed to its aid with the help of some Year 8 students.

Using scissors the teachers cut the creature free but it appeared to be in shock.

Unfortunately, there was still some netting caught under its arm and so it was taken to Duchy College, near Camborne, by Sarah Jackson, Duke of Edinburgh Manager and Learning Facilitator at Pool Academy.

Mr Hosking said: “The Year 8 boys were very helpful and some were in awe as they had never seen a hedgehog before.”

Lucy Bennetts, Head Technician at Duchy College Rosewarne, said the hedgehog is now doing well and has put on 5 grams in weight.

She hopes in the next couple of weeks it will be strong enough to be released back into the wild.

Lucy said: “When it arrived here it was quite dehydrated and underweight for this time of year.

“It is a lot better now and eating brilliantly. It is definitely recovering.”

College staff have housed the hedgehog in one of its spare rabbit runs where it is being fed live mealworms and other tasty treats.

Lucy said: “The hedgehog is getting stronger and stronger and is very active now.”

Staff and students at Pool Academy have named the hedgehog Harold and hope to be there when it is released after half term.


Half a moped, several bike wheels and a vacuum cleaner have been unearthed after Pool Academy students carried out a spring clean in the community.

The clear up was organised by youngsters as part of their volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Seven students hoping to achieve their bronze level of the award have been taking part in three months’ worth of volunteering activities including litter picks at local beaches and parks.

They have been spending their Sundays at Portreath Beach and Tuckingmill Park near Camborne, where they found half the moped and bike wheels, as well as cleaning up Pool Academy after school.

Sarah Jackson, a spokesperson for Pool Academy, said: “These students have shown enthusiasm at all times during their work even when the wind has been howling and the rain falling.

 “They worked so hard. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and to Pool Academy.”

The group of seven students will be taking part in expeditions this summer for the award. There will be two separate expeditions which include two days cycling and a night camping.

Sarah said: “Good luck to the students hoping to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

Pool Academy Student Completes the 45 mile Ten Tors Challenge  

A Pool Academy student has walked more than 45 miles in hot conditions to complete the gruelling Ten Tors Challenge.

Danny Moon, Year 11, took part in the event this month with other members of his Royal Air Force Cadet team.

The 16 year old started months of training in January this year ready for the event.

The Ten Tors Challenge took place in Dartmoor and saw teams of youngsters walk a route past 10 tors in under two days carrying all their supplies with them.

They slept in tents overnight and ate pre-packed foods such as boil in the bag meals.

Danny said the training he had done in Dartmoor over the past months helped motivate him to complete this year’s challenge.

He said: “We started walking at 7am on the Saturday and finished at 1.20pm on Sunday afternoon.

“On one day we walked for 14 hours.”

Danny and his team used a map and compass to find their bearings and stay on the correct route. The kit they carried included a sleeping bag, spare clothes, wash kit, food and water.

He said: “The kit was heavy but it was not the weight that was hard work, it was our feet. I got 12 blisters.

“You had to be focused all the time during the challenge. You couldn’t zone out in case you missed something important so you had to be absolutely focused.”

Although it didn’t rain over the weekend it still caused some issues for the team.

“The worst bit was the water,” Danny said. “I carried three and a half litres in a camel bag and two litres on the side of the bag but I drank it all the first day as it was so hot.

“I had to use water purifiers the next day with water from fast flowing water.”

He said they ate boil in the bag meals including sausage casserole and all day breakfasts.

“I did enjoy doing the challenge,” he said. “It was rewarding.

“It was the people with me as well that made it enjoyable. We were all really close.

 “I think it was also the endurance and the walking I liked.”

Danny said he would like to join the RAF when he is older and so signed up for the Ten Tors Challenge to get a feel of what life would be like in the air force.

He added: “I think I would like to do the 55 mile challenge next.”

After the event the team discovered they had actually walked 50 miles during the event.

Danny received a medal for his efforts.

The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by the Army and assisted by the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Dartmoor Rescue Group.

Pool Academy Student First To Receive Council Award For Charitable Work

A student from Pool Academy is the first to receive a special award from a parish council for charitable work.

Members of Carn Brea Parish Council presented Leona, from Year 11, the Marise Levenson Award in recognition of her charitable work in the community.

It was presented to the 16 year old at the Annual Parish Meeting of Carn Brea by Councillor Malcolm Moyle who was a close friend of Marise Levenson.

Leona, who is Head Girl at Pool Academy, is the first person to have ever received the award.

Councillor Robert Drew, Chairman of Carn Brea Parish Council, said: “The award Leona was given is newly introduced this year.

“It was named after Marise Levenson who lived in Pool. She was a prominent member of the community.”

Councillor Drew said the award was to recognise an outstanding contribution by a young person to the local community through charitable acts or achievements.

He said: “We reviewed a number of nominations and decided Leona would get the award.

“Leona is a student at Pool Academy who was nominated for her work for the charity Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme.”

Councillor Drew said they had been told about Leona’s fundraising efforts for the charity which included raising £140,  fundraising by packing shopping bags and taking part in a flash mob dance in Truro.

She is also due to donate a sensory board, which she designed and made as part of her school work, to Curnow School.

Councillor Drew added: “On the basis of that nomination we selected her to receive the award.”

The award has been created to celebrate a youngster up to the age of 17 who has made a contribution to the local community.

Councillor Drew said there were a lot of young people doing good things in the community which were going unrecognised.

He said the award was a great way of praising youngsters for their achievements.

He said: “I think it is brilliant.

“We should be looking for these achievements and celebrating them.”

Leona’s mother said it was lovely to see her daughter presented with the award.

She said: “It was amazing. I am really proud of her.”

A spokesperson from Pool Academy said: "We are extremely proud of Leona for receiving this award. 

“It's fantastic that her great work in the local community has been celebrated in this way."

Cornwall Accessible Activities Program (CAAP) is a recently registered charity that supports disabled children and their siblings to access fun activities during school holidays. 

British cyclist helps Pool Academy students with BMX skills

Pool Academy students brushed up on their BMX skills with the help from a British Cycling coach.

Youngsters from Year’s 8 - 10 visited BMX Cornwall, in Blackwater near Truro, after school recently.

Justin Knox, a keen mountain biker and cyclist coach, was also there to teach basic riding skills and take the students through some drills.

Ryan Mills, a year 10 student who took part, said: “It was a good day.”

Julian Hosking, Pool Academy PE teacher, said the students showed potential and progress throughout the afternoon.

He said: “For some students it was the first time they had experienced this type of racing environment.

“Everyone had a huge amount of fun and they all did amazingly well.

“We want to say a big thank you to all at Cornwall BMX for this experience and to Mrs Bright in the PE department for coordinating the session.”

Justin Knox said: “I was generally impressed with everyone's willingness to have a go and also the tenacity of some of the children who often picked themselves up dusted themselves off and got on with riding the track.

“Overall I think they did really well.”

After the event all the students were given a free return pass for themselves and a friend.

Cornwall BMX is a non-profit making club that regularly meets to train and race. It caters for all ages and abilities.

Free Breakfast for Pool Academy Students During Exam Season

Free breakfasts are being served up to Pool Academy students to give them extra fuel during exam season.

Staff members at the school are serving the early morning meals to Year 11s every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8am until 8.25am

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and toast is on offer for youngsters, before lessons begin. It is hoped one day the initiative could be offered to other year groups across the academy.

Nick Hamblin, from Pool Academy, said: “We started doing this in response to the wealth of evidence recognising that breakfast is very important in getting students started, ready to learn and to fuel them to take a full part in the day ahead.

“This is even more important during exam season.

“We offer tea, coffee, hot chocolate and as much toast as students wish us to make.”

He said the service, which is hosted at the school bungalow, is used regularly by students at the moment.

The breakfast is provided by Pool Academy.

Debbie Mitchelmore, from Pool Academy, said:  “The breakfast club is a great way to start the day in a relaxing atmosphere with friends and the added bonus of tea and toast.”

Jordan Pidwell, a student who uses the service, said: "Breakfast club is a vital part of the school week which allows students to interact with staff and other students outside of the normal school format.

“We are able to communicate and joke with the staff every week and it is a very positive start to the day, as well as setting us up with food and drink ready to learn.”