A Summer School at Louth Academy will replace the usual transition days for Year 6 pupils (seen above in 2019) where the pupils visit the school to get to know everyone before they join the Academy in September.
Teachers from Louth Academy will spend a week of their annual holidays this year volunteering to run a Summer School for Year 6 pupils who have missed out on transition days due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Primary pupils are due to join the Academy in Year 7 from September. Covid restrictions throughout the entire academic year have meant that the usual transition days, where pupils get the chance to meet their new teachers, familiarise themselves with the school sites and make new friends, have not been able to go ahead.
To make up for this, the Academy is running a week-long Summer School from July 26-30 (the first week of the summer holidays). 165 Year 6 pupils have already signed up for it.
Activities will vary, but the underlying theme will be getting to know each other, exploring the school site, meeting your Head of House and, in particular, having fun. They will all be run by teachers who have volunteered.
Philip Dickinson, Louth Academy Principal, explained: “In any other year the Academy would have held a number of transition days to welcome our new pupils and familiarise them with what to expect here when they join us in September. This has not been able to happen and we are very conscious of the fact that Year 6 pupils will not have had the introduction to Secondary life that other pupils receive.
“The Summer School is our way of rectifying that and giving the pupils the opportunity to come along and meet us and take part in some fun activities. We will be doing a range of lessons and activities designed to familiarise the pupils with the new school site, give them an insight into the types of things they will be learning, whilst at the same time being fun and helping them catch up on learning lost through the pandemic.
“We have staff from a range of subjects volunteering to take part, at present we have 16 staff, including senior management, teachers, teaching assistants and office personnel. We are very pleased with the take up of this offer as it will allow the new students to have a transition period that they would otherwise have missed this year due to the lockdown restrictions still in place.”
There is still time to sign up for the Summer School on this website or by calling the Academy direct.