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On Thurdsay 21 August, pupils from Year 11 joined staff and governors at Poltair School in order to find out their examination results. The atmosphere was busy, excitable and celebratory. For the sixth consecutive year, examination results at Poltair have set new records for the school.

Commenting on the improved outcomes for pupils, Stephen Tong, Headteacher said, "We are delighted with the results achieved by pupils at Poltair School. The rise in standards achieved across the school and the very many individual pupil success stories are due reward to the focus, attitude and commitment of the pupils in our school as well as the hard work put in by our staff to teach, guide and support them. We are proud of the pupils' achievements not least because it means that they can take on the future challenges of young adulthood, with some real tangible success, confidence in themselves and a belief that through hard work, achievement is always possible."

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Initial calculations indicate that 54% of pupils achieved the threshold of 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics, a rise of 5% on the previous year. There were some remarkable improvements in individual subject areas too, with results improving in both English and Mathematics. In Mathematics, 63% of pupils secured an A*-C grade, an increase of 7% on the previous year, with 76% of learners making the expected or better than expected progress, an increase of 14% on 2013.

Stephen Tong also praised the efforts of the school to 'close the gap' so that all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds perform as well as can be expected. In one year the school's gap in performance between those from disadvantaged backgrounds and non-disadvantaged backgrounds has closed by more than 20% and is now almost non-existent.

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There are many remarkable individual achievements deserving of mention, commendation and celebration. However the best examination results were secured by Daniel Marks with 17 GCSE A*-C passes (including 15 A*/A grades), Tori Marks with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 13 A*/A grades), Alisha Armstrong with 12 GCSE A*-C grades (including 9 A*/A grades), Emily Trembeth with 12 GCSE A*/A grades (including 9 A*/A grades), Jamie Chapman with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 8 A*/A grades) and Lauren James also with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 8 A*/A grades).

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Home Learning Wonder Wall

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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers


As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.


We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.

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Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education


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.


Moments in Time 2020


A reflection on the ideas, thoughts, feelings, surroundings and effects of the Corona school closures on Poltair pupils.


The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.


Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.


Some fantastic work on there already:


Moments in Time 2020 - Pinterest

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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!