We were lucky enough to receive additional government funding this year following the disruption to education caused by the pandemic, to run a week long Summer School for our new Year 7 students this year. In the final full week before the return to school we were able to welcome over 150 students to take part in a week of enrichment activities to help with their transition to life at secondary school.
Given the nature of education over the past 2 years and the lack of access children have had to many of the aspects of school life that can be the most memorable, such as team sports, music and drama, we made the decision to focus on enriching activities that encouraged team work.
What a great week it was! From ukulele and drum sessions, sustainable creations on the sewing machines and Forest School to problem solving, enterprise tasks and the unforgettable CSI Science event. Throughout the sessions students demonstrated ambition and respect for others; the support students offered to each other, especially for those students who were particularly nervous, was very heartening to see.
The result was far fewer nervous faces on Monday morning when all Year 7s arrived for the first time. The confidence of those who had had the school to themselves for the week was great comfort and helped those students who had not been able to make it over the summer.
We now have a few photos of eager young Year 7s which we will be able to put to good use they leave us in 5 or 7 years time!
Allocation of funding
Specialist teaching staff : £17,180.00
Supporting resources : £2,546.00
Bright Futures – Blast Off to Year 7 : £2,385.00
CSI Science : £2,635.00