Poltair School

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Poltair School
Trevarthian Road

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PL25 4BZ

Coordinates50°20′35″N 4°47′11″W / 50.34298°N 4.78629°W / 50.34298; -4.78629Coordinates: 50°20′35″N 4°47′11″W / 50.34298°N 4.78629°W / 50.34298; -4.78629
Local authorityCornwall Council
Department for Education URN112052 Tables
HeadteacherStephen Tong
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Traditionally bottle-green, currently navy blue

Poltair School is a state comprehensive school located on the site of the former St Austell Grammar School in St Austell, Cornwall, England.


It has educational links with schools in Dithmarchen, Germany, notably the Gymnasium Heide-Ost. It has also had links with College Des Quatre Vents in Lanmeur, Brittany, France.


Grammar school[edit]

It was founded in 1907.


It became comprehensive in 1971, at the same time that it lost its sixth form. St Austell Sixth Form College was built at the same time next to the Mid-Cornwall College of Further Education on Palace Road. These merged in 1993[1] to form St Austell College, opposite the school.

In 2007, Poltair School held its Centenary, which included guided tours of the school, a service at St Johns Methodist Church, and celebrations at St Austell's Eden Project.


The school has recently undergone a £5 million redevelopment programme, which included a new main hall, dining hall, radio studio, and dance/drama facilities, amongst other additions.

The school launched a full student radio station, Inferno Radio, in 2004.

Academic performance[edit]

The school's GCSE pass rate increased 16% in the 2 years up until July 2007. However its GCSE pass rate is well below the England average, and the second lowest in Cornwall (above Redruth School).

Notable former pupils[edit]


  • The Times Monday 30 October 1972, page 12
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2010-02-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Sixth form merger
  2. ^ http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/g/25521/Felicity%20Margaret%20Sue+GOODEY.aspx
  3. ^ Laurence Martin - Academic Archives Hub Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "John Nettles". TV.com.
  5. ^ "EUL MS 286 - A L Rowse: papers compiled by Eric Glasgow". Archives hub. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  6. ^ Stanton, R.G. (1987). "The Work of L. H. C. Tippett" (PDF). Ars Textrina. 7: 179–185.[permanent dead link]

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