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Bishop Thomas Grant Summer School 2021 Report

Target group

A five day summer school was offered to all Year 6 students joining Bishop Thomas Grant School in September 2021. The school and the external provider Activ Camps engaged with parents and students through written correspondence. In July 2021 a Year 6 into Year 7 Welcome Live stream was also used to speak to parents about some of the details of the summer school.

Aims

The summer school aimed to support students with the transition from primary to secondary school, and to aid educational recovery following COVID-19, both academically and in terms of wellbeing.

Planning

The school planned and delivered the summer school with the external summer camp company Activ Camp (www.Activcamps.com). The summer school was staffed by a mixture of Activ Camp staff, school staff and former student graduates.

Activity schedule

The summer school curriculum comprised of daily morning lessons in English and Mathematics as well as project work where the reinforced learning was applied to an interesting real-world context. Afternoon sessions focussed on sport, team Building, music, dance and drama. The students attended form time each day and experienced an assembly at the start of the week and a celebration event at the end of the week. Lunch and morning break was provided for all students each day.

Attendance

Daily attendance at Summer School 2021

Day

Expected

Actual

Did not attend

Monday

115

107

8

Tuesday

115

104

11

Wednesday

115

104

11

Thursday

115

105

10

Friday

115

103

12

Total

575

523

52  

Each morning parents of students who had signed up to attend, but not arrived, were contacted. The most common reason given was changing holiday plans and having to isolate/feeling unwell on the day. 

Impact

Students, staff and parents / carers were clear in their feedback that the summer school was a worthwhile experience;

  • teaching staff identified and reinforced gaps in learning,
  • pastoral and SEN staff were able to get to know students in a more relaxed setting before the start of term,
  • parents agreed that the summer school helped to ease any anxiety about starting school in September,
  • students had fun whilst learning, making new friends and getting used to the their new school site. 

Information on Income (from DfE bursary) and Expenditure is available at this link.

 Mr M Todd, Deputy Headteacher, 11th October 2021

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