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On Friday, 20th May, Mrs. Venables, Mr. Sampson, and Miss May accompanied the GCSE Media Studies students on a special trip to the Sky Skills Studio in West Osterley, London. Pupils worked with Sky News professionals to learn how they write, film and edit the TV News, including learning about what happens both on and off screen.

Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio
Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio

Upon arrival at Sky (after an eventful bus journey and dramatic arrival), the pupils were given a lively health and safety briefing by the Team Leader, Serge, who set pupils at ease before we were whisked off on a whirlwind tour of the epic Sky Studios. On the Share Floor, they watched the engineers in charge of broadcasting TV programmes and were amazed that it's only a two second delay between the signal leaving Sky to reaching our TV's at home. On the Make Floor, they learned how the lighting engineers make the "silks" (the backgrounds on set) look as if the presenters were outside, and they examined professional video cameras that cost more than Mrs. Venables' house!

Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio

After a short spell hanging out in the Sky Sports Broadcasting Centre, pupils were let loose in the studios to create a broadcast of their own. Their set topic was "Mind, Body and Sport" and pupils utilised their research and prepared scripts to create their news report. They moved swiftly into action, taking on exciting roles such as news anchors, producers, film crew and reporters. Changing into costumes solidified their new professional personas, and Elliot and Lewis did a stellar job in setting a serious tone for the report. Jacob took charge as the leading camera man in his studio, and under the direction of his producer, Lauren, filmed the dynamic duo's introduction. Other students acted as experts, such as Sam, who played the role of a headteacher who had banned junk food in his school; Keagan, who became a diva model, taking the controversial view that size does matter; and of course, what sport report would be complete without the professional footballer and broadcaster, Chris Kamara (aka Callum)?

Poltair students at Sky Skills Studio

The highlight of the day, though, occurred when Sam G, Sam B, Callum, and Liam spotted the signed football shirts upstairs in Sky Sports. After having their pictures taken with their favourite teams, one of the security guards recognised fellow football fanatics and allowed the boys to hold the coveted Soccer AM signed football for a photo. Because he was so impressed with their enthusiasm, he then promised to obtain a signed football for the school, which he will be sending to us shortly.


Year 6 Transition

Helping to support parents and students with the transition from Primary to Secondary School

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Home Learning Wonder Wall

Well done to all the excellent work students are producing please see some examples of the work completed each day during distance learning.

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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!