Summer School 2021
In response to a new Department for Education initiative to mitigate the impact of lost learning on the new Year 7s (September 2021), we held a week long summer school for all of our new Year 7 students.
Organised by Head of Year 7, Ms Ali, the aim was to ensure that students were both ready and confident for the step up to secondary - socially and emotionally as well as academically. Students took part in a wide range of activities to further these goals:
Wellbeing-based activities: team building on the hired inflatables and ‘getting-to-know-you’ exercises to help build friendships
Additional subject support: with a focus on literacy and numeracy, and sessions on science, computing
Transitional activities: getting to know the school site
Sports-based activities: including rounders, table-tennis, football, basketball
Arts-based activities: African drumming, dance workshops and mural making
Activities were led predominantly by the school's teachers, with support from non-teaching staff. There was also a member of the school's Safeguarding team present throughout. In total, the school received a funding allocation of £71k, of which we spent the following:
Staff costs: £33k
Equipment purchases: £21k
Hired equipment: £6k
The Summer school was very well attended, in total we delivered 800 days of summer school for parents free of charge, and at the end of week we held a celebration event with parents to mark the end. Student and parent feedback was exceptionally positive about students' experiences and staff reported valuing the opportunity to get to know students before they formally started school in September.