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Our Year 10 photography class at Poltair School (St Austell) was invited to take part in an exploration of in-between-ness and 'limbo' within the environment by Antony Lyons the Artist-in-Residence at Wheal Martyn in the summer of 2018. We embarked on a journey exploring our immediate environment, its creation and the impact on our contemporary life. Antony came into school in May 2018 and spoke to the class about his work and the influences on his work. We discussed his own film-making and still imagery as well as the photographers that inspired his observations on the landscape.

Prompted by Antony, we began by researching diverse photographic styles, e.g. John Such, Edward Burtynsky and John Hinde Studios. Antony asked us to focus on the Treverbyn 'Sky Tip' as a local landmark and social landmark. We decided to ask parents, friends and relatives about their opinions of the Sky Tip. The findings helped us to evidence our contextualisation for exploring the man-made environment. Visits to the Sky Tip resulted in the images that are on display in the exhibition. We were also inspired by Antony to explore the idea of 'limbo' through film-making. This was a very thought provoking activity as it forced us to sit in complete silence for 8-10 minutes within the busy, noisy school environment. The films were then edited and layered with audio tracks that form juxtapositions with the visual imagery.

All the students thoroughly enjoyed the project. It allowed us to creatively explore our connections with our environment through still and film. 'Limbo Landscape' has become part of the year 11 GCSE coursework folder.

Thank you to Antony for all your input and encouragement!


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!