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On Friday 24 April, twenty-seven Year 11 Media students and three Year 9 G&T media students visited the Sky News Academy in London and took part in various activities including writing, filming and editing a TV News Programme using Sky equipment, costumes and studios!

The students met at 5.15am to begin the long journey up to London. Upon arrival, students were taken to the Sky Academy Welcome Centre for lunch and had some time to relax whilst watching music channels on the 150" TV set! After celebrating Ashley Murrell's birthday with a song and cake, it was time to get to work!

Before filming their own TV News productions, the students were taken on a tour of the main Sky News building exploring the three main floors: Make, Shape and Share. On the 'Share' floor, the students had a chance to explore some of the job roles that are involved in the airing of the TV channels. On the 'Shape' floor, students visited the editing suites and were given a full explanation of production roles by one of the Floor Managers! When visiting the 'Make' floor, students were able to experience being 'on set' and Diana Pasca was privileged to read the autocue with one of the presenters from Sky News! 'Tubes' and Jim White were also spotted! And Mrs Trevarthen couldn't resist getting a photograph of her and a life-size model of Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.!

After an exciting tour, students were taken to the Sky News Academy Centre where they were given their brief - a pre-recorded message by Ashley Banjo (director of 'Diversity' Dance Squad seen on Britain's Got Talent and Sky's 'Got to Dance')! Students were given one hour to research, write, film and edit a TV News programme inspired by the lives of celebrities. Each group had a different part of the news programme: The studio, on location, eye witness and expert panel. Students each worked in role to bring their section together. Highlights included Jacob Westaway's alter-ego "J-dog" and Stan Davis's character battling out the rights of celebrities and the problems with paparazzi; Marc Trathen as the host struggling to control the heated debate between Shannon Symons and Jordan Vogwill as their views about the uses of Photoshop in the media clashed; the expert reporter skills were clearly demonstrated by Keagan Barnett, Lisa Figgitt, Diana Pasca, Brandon Rowden, Marc Trathen and Abi Burley. All the students worked extremely hard and produced a great production piece; staff and students were extremely proud of what could be achieved in one hour!

The final stage of the workshop included a tour of the Sky Sports Studio where students were able to watch the news being broadcast live! Hidden behind a screen we could see all the 'off-air' action from make-up artists to researchers! One group even spotted an NFL player trying to sneak out unnoticed following his interview. An excellent experience. Overall, the students had a brilliant day despite leaving so early and arriving home so late. The students will be able use this experience to inform their preparations for the examinations. We are delighted that the students enjoyed the trip and are extremely proud of their achievements.


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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.


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



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!