Budding journalists report exciting adventures at summer school

29 July 2016

In December 2015 it was announced that schools would no longer receive additional funding from the government for summer schools.  Summer school is aimed at helping disadvantaged children transition from primary to secondary school.

Despite that announcement, St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School took the decision to run an expanded summer school this year to “take it to the next level” ensuring that every child joining year 7 in September 2016 was given the opportunity to attend a week-long event which would have a positive effect on transition to secondary school.

Catherine Twist, headteacher of St Cuthbert’s, which ran an in-house summer school for 100 students this week, said the programme has had a “fantastic” impact and had contributed towards increasing literacy levels.  Testing showed reading ages had increased for the majority of students, she said.

Laura Marshall, head of year 7 and transition coordinator for the school said “Summer school has been a great opportunity for the students to get to know each other better before September.  We have been making Pokeballs, had a go at pattern making in numeracy, using our acting skills in drama and keeping fit and active in the handball sessions.  Not to mention making a healthy fresh fruit salad and brushing up our literacy skills writing newspaper reports about our summer school adventures.”  Students also enjoyed lessons in Spanish and history and learned about the school's Attitude to Learning programme so they're fully prepared for September.

One of the students commented “I liked meeting people and making new friends.  I wouldn’t change a thing about summer school, it was perfect.”

One of our parents contacted school to say "Thanks very much, my daughter had a fabulous time. She's really excited now for September!"