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Summer School - Louth Academy - 26 to 30 July 2021

Louth Academy summer school was offered to all incoming Year 7 students for a full week of classes, this included Maths, English and Science amongst other subjects.

173 of the 210 new students signed up to attend summer school, we were very pleased with this uptake of our offer.

Louth Academy used staff who volunteered to do this during their normal holiday time and we were very grateful for this participation. We were lucky enough to have 16 teaching staff, 3 teaching assistants and 3 office staff volunteer their time at various points during the week. This meant that students could be given lesson that helped them not only catch up on learning missed during the covid pandemic but also familiarise themselves with many of the staff who would be teaching them in September. In addition to teaching staff the Vice Principal R Colbert was available all week to run the logistics and set up the week. H Naylor SENDCo also attended to help students with additional needs and get to know them better before they started in September.

A timetable was created to utilise the staff available on each day, this allowed 8 groups to be created and a variety of subjects each day. Students also had 1 session in the week where an outside Circus Skills company (Earthbound Misfits), this enabled them to get to know each other in a different setting and taught them how to learn in a different way whilst having fun. Friday afternoon was set to be a rounders competition but unfortunately the weather turned to heavy rain. Our PE member of staff working that day, at short notice, arranged for the students to undertake a range of different sporting activities indoors that they thoroughly enjoyed.

All students regardless of being Pupil Premium or not were offered, a drink and snack at morning break and a free school meal at lunch. The students pre ordered their meal with choices for a hot lunch, sandwiches, pasta salad or jacket potato with vegetarian options available in all. The majority of students were happy to take up this offer and the feedback received was complimentary about the food provided.

The number of students who attended the summer school did not quite reach the number who had signed up. We did get notification from some parents that they had gone on holiday or changed their plans. We had at best 156 on the Monday and the lowest being 110 on the Friday.

Funding for the summer school was provided by the Government their aims being;

'Where a school runs a summer school for its incoming year 7, those pupils will have an opportunity to:

  • build a community with their fellow pupils
  • forge relationships with new teachers
  • familiarise themselves with their new school environment’

Louth Academy through, the activities offered, enabled the students attending to fulfil these aims. The funding provided by the DfE and the utilisation of this can be seen below.

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Philip C Dickinson
BA (Hons) MA PGCE.