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Summer School Gives Students A Taste of Secondary Life

 Brooke Dean and Willow Atkinson get to know how to use the bunsen burners during a Science lesson at Louth Academy Summer School.

One hundred and fifty 11-year-olds have returned to class at Louth Academy this week just days after schools broke up for the Summer holidays.

The former Primary pupils are all taking part in the Academy’s Summer School to smooth their transition into Secondary School next month. The event replaces the usual term-time taster days which had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions this year.

Transition Days are a very valuable part of the journey from Primary to Secondary Schools, familiarising pupils with their peers and their new school site and taking away some of the anxiety involved in starting somewhere new. They usually take place in the Summer Term over a number of days and are a complement to the annual Open Evenings, none of which have been able to take place during the pandemic.

With the help of extra Government funding, Louth Academy was determined to ensure that Year 7 students joining them in September this year would not miss out completely on this experience. Teachers volunteered to run the Summer School during their annual break. 

Rob Colbert, Vice Principal at Louth Academy, said: “The idea is for the students to get a feeling of what the school is like, to be able to help them settle in when they join us in September, but also to be able to continue their learning to help them catch up some of what they have missed throughout the Covid pandemic.

“We have put on a variety of subjects, including Science, English, Maths and Geography, and they have even learned some Circus skills, learning how to juggle and spin plates. We did not want it to be all work and no play. The students have had the chance to enjoy themselves and get to know each other a little as they all come from different feeder schools. 

“This has been a lovely opportunity to familiarise the children with the Academy, and it has been great to see so many here. The turnout has been absolutely fantastic.”

(L-r) Isabelle Ruck, Joseph Vause, Lincoln Burns, Tighe Axton, Cole Carty and Grace Mathewson (all age 11) take part in an English lesson at Louth Academy Summer School.

Isabella Holden and Evie Williamson take part in a Geography lesson.

Nina Smith and Jacob Beecroft (both 11) check out countries around the world in a Geography lesson at Louth Academy Summer School.

Keegan Bingham, Alfie Randall and Charley-Grace Eden (all 11) study plants on the computer in Science before taking the lesson outside to gather samples.

Phoebe Fewster and Hollie Gilliatt (both 11) take part in a Science experiment at Louth Academy Summer School.

Casey Graves, Theo O’Brien and Justin Hunt in the Science Department at Louth Academy.

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Philip C Dickinson
BA (Hons) MA PGCE.