Poltair School Admission Arrangements 2022-23 proposal – Consultation

Year 11 Bulletin


Year 11 Parent Bulletin November 2020

Bulletin for Year 11 November 2020

COVID-19 Update Letter & Reference Guide


COVID-19 School letter to parents & Carers

Letter to Parents 25 September 2020

Please contact us on [email protected] with any updates or queries around COVID related attendance issues. This includes:

  • Alerting us on outcomes of tests and when you feel your child should return to school
  • Alerting us to contact received through NHS Track and Trace telling us your child should self-isolate
  • Alerting us to any symptoms shown overnight and your child will remain at home
  • Alerting us to if your child has to self-isolate following someone being symptomatic or having a test in your home
  • Alerting us to any self-isolation following travel
  • Uncertainty over whether your child should/should not self-isolate

This is monitored before, during and after school hours. Please remember you should not send your child back to school unless you have agreed this with a member of school staff.

Letter from the Head of School


Letter from Head of School

Letter to Parents 4 September 2020

Welcome to Poltair Year 7


Year 7 Welcome to Poltair

Year 7 Assembly Wednesday 2nd September

Important Information on School Reopening

COVID-19 Update

Key Communication


Letter - Head of School

Letter to Parents 03 June 2020


COVID 19 Letter to Parents 2-15.05.20

Letter to Parents 15 May 2020


Letter Summer Term Update

Letter to Parents 16 April 2020


Letter Week 3 and 4 Essential Childcare Supervision

Letter to Parents 31 March 2020


Free School Meal Provision 30 March 2020

Letter to Parents 27 March 2020


Year 11 Update

Letter to Parents 26 March 2020


Week 2 Essential Childcare Supervision

Letter to Parents 25 March 2020

Email Communication

We are understandably receiving a large number of parent emails at present. We will respond to each email in turn, as soon as is feasibly possible. However, due to the volume of emails please, bear with us at this time.

If you are emailing us to let us know that you're not receiving the letters that we email out, or receiving them late, there is unfortunately nothing we can do about that. This is likely to be to do with your internet provider/server, or could quite simply be down to the sheer volume of internet traffic at present.

We strongly advise that parents are regularly checking the "Key Communication" section on this website.


Free School Meals Lunch Provision

Letter to Parents 23 March 2020


Letter Coronavirus Update

Letter to Parents 17 March 2020


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - Contingency Plans

Letter to Parents 13 March 2020

Working From Home

Below are a range of instructions to support your child's home learning. In addition, on each page on the website, are icons to select to link to various subject specific platforms. For further information on how to access these, please email your child's subject teacher directly for support.

Accessing ClassCharts

To access Class charts:

  • Click on the CLasscharts icon on the right hand side of this page and follow the instructions to login in.
  • You will need your school email address which is your computer login [email protected] e.g. [email protected]

If you have forgotten your password you can reset it using the "forgot my password" on the sign in page. This will send a message to your school email account.

Accessing Emails

To access your school email account from outside of school:

  • click the email link at the top of this page.
  • You will be asked to enter your email login which is: ([email protected]) eg: [email protected]
  • you will be then prompted for your password. This is the password that you use to log in to the computer within school.

If you have forgotten your password you will need to select "Forgot my password" and follow the steps required.

You will receive the message below:

Click the link "contact your administrator". This request will go to IT Support who will be able reset your password.

They will reset your password to your date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy e.g 06112009.

You will need to wait a period of 1 hour before you attempt to access your email account with this new password.

Year 11 Working from Home


Year 11 Working from Home

Guidance - Working from home

Email Contacts for Staff


Email Contacts for Staff

Guidance - Working from home

Year 7 - 10 Working from Home


Year 7-10 Working from Home

Guidance - Working from home

Additional Support Resources


Boredom Bing Grid

Additional Support Resources

Core PE - HIIT Sessions


Core PE - HIIT Sessions

Core PE - HIIT Sessions

Safeguarding Support

These are challenging times we find ourselves in currently and below are some resources we hope will support you.

Summer Holiday Support (alongside the attachment ‘Summer support 2020’)

As we complete our final week of this Academic Year, we thought it sensible to share some suggestions for access to support during the summer holidays. This includes some ideas in regards to mental health as well as some key contacts for any issues of a safeguarding nature where you feel a young person may be at risk.

Following the lockdown period, we would like to spend some time during tutor time and assemblies having a focus on Mental Health and Well-Being to support our young people in ensuring they are confident and comfortable in using strategies to help manage their own positive mental health. This will be re-visited frequently during the school year and we appreciate your support in this.


Summer Support 2020

Summer Support Resources

Free School Meals- Application Process

If you are currently not receiving Free School Meals but think you may be eligible, please complete this short and simple online application. You’ll need your national insurance number, names, dates of birth and home address, you will also need to be in receipt of Working Tax Credit.

This link will direct you to the online application https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/school-meals/application-for-free-school-meals-and-pupil-premium/

If you require support in completion of this form, please get in touch with someone at the school using the ‘Family Support- Key Contacts’ list in the same section of the website you found this link.

Family Support - Key Contacts

This resource is simply a brief guide to how you can access some of our key Pastoral staff during the coming weeks. It also has some key contacts to allow you to access some external support. We will continue to work as a safeguarding team through direction of our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss Gemma Owens. The team will be in regular contact with our most vulnerable students and families to offer support.


Family Support Poltair 2020

Pupil Reference 19 March 2020

A - Z Young People Resources

This resource has been created by the team at the NHS to support vulnerable young people access appropriate support, depending on their need. We have made some slight additions based on our work within the local community. This A - Z signposts relevant agencies to provide support online or over the phone.

it covers the following steps:

  • Bereavement/Parental Illness
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Sexual Violence
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • County Lines/Criminal Exploitation/Missing
  • Deliberate Self Harm
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence/Sexual Violence
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Modern Slavery/Trafficking
  • Online Safety
  • Sexual Health/Gender Identity
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teenage/Young Parents
  • Young Carers


A - Z Young Peoples Resources

Pupil Reference 19 March 2020

CEOP Education and Online Safety - Thinkuknow

CEOP are the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre who provide guidance in supporting young people with their online safety. In these challenging times, use of mobile technology and other forms of ICT has increased drastically.

Their website has lots of information on how to monitor your child's internet use, how to report concerns as well as a number of useful tips to improve your own knowledge.


On a regular basis they will release these 'Home Activity Packs' which provide some exercises you can complete with your son/daughter, to help them understand and develop thei own knowledge on why internet saftey is important. Each activity is approximately 15 minutes.

Internet Safety - Home Activity Pack One

Internet Safety - Home Activity Pack Two

Internet Safety - Home Activity Pack Three

Internet Safety - Home Activity Pack Four

Internet Safety- Home Activity Pack Five

They will release these once every two weeks, and we will upload them to this site to support you.

Please contact a member of the safeguarding team if you have any concerns.

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

[email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Well-Being Resources

Summer Holiday Support (alongside the attachment ‘Summer support 2020’)

As we complete our final week of this Academic Year, we thought it sensible to share some suggestions for access to support during the summer holidays. This includes some ideas in regards to mental health as well as some key contacts for any issues of a safeguarding nature where you feel a young person may be at risk.

Following the lockdown period, we would like to spend some time during tutor time and assemblies having a focus on Mental Health and Well-Being to support our young people in ensuring they are confident and comfortable in using strategies to help manage their own positive mental health. This will be re-visited frequently during the school year and we appreciate your support in this.


Summer Support 2020

Summer Support Resources

Entering our final week before the summer holidays seems like an odd situation to be in when most of our young people have not been in school for a considerable amount of time. That being said, the expectation currently is that everyone will be back at school in September. The team at Anna Freud/Mentally Healthy Schools have sent their final toolkit out to try and provide suggestions of activities to be completed over the summer break to try and alleviate any concerns and anxieties you or your child may have before the return in September.

We will share further information at the end of the week in terms of identifying where support can be accessed over the holidays, but we very much are looking forwards to seeing all of our students again in September. Have an enjoyable summer break.


Toolkit #8

Preparing for a return to School

Another calendar of a thought/challenge per day from the Action for Happiness Team! Best of luck, I would love to see some of the students ‘in action’ here- email [email protected]


Resilience Calendar



At Home with Weaving Well Being

Weaving Well Being

This has already been shared in the Weekly Parent bulletin but is a really useful resource, alongside their toolkit. As always, if you are concerned about your child and their mental and emotional health, please contact us and we will ensure you are signposted to the best support.

This link provides access to a Well Being Action plan that allow them to work through a range of questions to create a clear approach to them being able to support their own emotional well-being. It also has a downloadable toolkit to be used alongside this. It might be helpful for you as parents to have a read through their plan to see where you can help!

It also has some handy tips for those students who are coming to us from Year 6 and called ‘Transition Mission’.

The Educational Psychologist teams have continued to work closely with us in our respective schools, and developed this pack with some simple resources. These are designed to help try and develop some strategies for resilience within our young people, and now, as the lockdown continues, it is important that we try and encourage them to try out some new ideas and activities.


Resilience Activity Pack

Cornwall Council

As always, if you are concerned about your child’s mental and emotional well-being, please get in contact with their Year Team Leader or Year Team Manager with some help and signposting to some services that can support.

Year 7- Mrs Pengelly mailto:[email protected] or Mrs Harvey [email protected]

Year 8- Mr Croker [email protected] or Mrs Bertrand [email protected]

Year 9- Miss Dingwall [email protected] or Mr Robins [email protected]

Year 10- Miss Waters [email protected] , or Miss Cook [email protected] or Mrs Wingrave [email protected]

Mental Health Awareness Week
18th-24th May

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week from 18th-24th May. The focus of this year is around the concept of #KindnessMatters

The Mental Health Foundation has provided a variety of ways in which you can join in with this year’s event- these will cover examples of kindness linked to:

  • Connecting with friends and family
  • Kindness in the Home
  • Kindness in the Community
  • Kindness at Work

Have a look at the suggestions or come up with your own and set yourself a challenge for the week. Then upload your photo to Twitter @mentalhealth, Instagram @mentalhealthfoundation or Facebook @mentalhealthfoundation with the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Make sure you copy us in too!

In this age of technology, most of our young people have access to a personal device- be it a phone, a tablet or a laptop. All too often, we can find the use of technology can over stimulate the mind and we need to find ways to try and regulate their use. This website provides links into the 10 best mindfulness apps for children that allow them to still use their technology, but linked with the concept of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to provide ways of them understanding and dealing with their own mental health.

I have reviewed them and though some are more targeted towards younger students (Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street) and some to our older pupils (Mindshift, Moodpath)- all are worth both you and your child exploring to see what suits your needs best. The ones with links below are those that are free to download initially on Android and Apple products. Some may request subscription after a short trial.

Key Stage 4

This website has lots of useful information for both adults and young people in dealing with these challenging times. There is a lot of crossover, but useful information all the same.

This link is specifically focused on supporting your teen with managing the current situation:

Supporting your teen's wellbeing during coronavirus

This link is focused on supporting your own worries and concerns, providing links to official guidance/updates, as well as simple ways of maintaining your own well-being:

coronavirus and your wellbeing

This link is more aimed at our young people, as well as giving them the opportunity to complete a national survey to look at the impact of COVID-19 on mental health:

coronavirus and your wellbeing

Don't forget to use the A-Z of Services on this page for support and please do get in touch with us via email if you are worried about your son/daughter’s mental health and well-being and we will do our best to support.

Pastoral Team
Year 7 [email protected]
[email protected]
Year 8 [email protected]
[email protected]
Year 9 [email protected]
[email protected]
Year 10 [email protected]
[email protected]
Year 11 [email protected]
[email protected]

With the news last week identifying the lockdown to continue for the time being, it is now as important as ever that both parents/carers and young people ensure they are maintaining an element of 'self-care'. Demands of work (whether school work or as adults 'work work'!) can be difficult to manage and get our heads round, so we need to ensure that our days remain balanced for our own well-being. An element of physical activity, some fresh air and communication with friends, family and even teachers can help!

The website below has a number of activities that can help support positive mental health and well-being at this time- give something new a go!


As we continue through these uncertain times, young people can struggle with feelings of low mood and anxieties, finding it difficult to focus on whatever positives we may have around us. This weeks resources focus on supporting you as the parent in negotiating those conversations, as well as a simple tool to try and help our young people be able to focus on positives in this challenging situation. The 'How many positives?' tasks can be done daily, but, like anything in this current climate, it would be advisable to use on a rotation with other activities to try and 'mix it up'!

Some helpful tips and websites to access from our Educational Psychology team as well as some guidance on maintaining positive mental health and well-being during isolation.



Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!