The summer schools programme was set up in response to the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had on students learning. The aim of the summer schools programme was to provide students with academic education and enrichment activities in order to mitigate the impact of lost learning, particularly with regard to reading and mathematics.
At Abbey Hill Academy, we aimed to ensure that our summer school programme was used by the students who would benefit most. In addition to providing support with English and maths, the funding was used to improve our summer school programme, which offered an opportunity for students to enhance their learning and wellbeing through a range of activities, including team building, gardening, arts and craft, drama, supporting a local food bank as well as outings to local tourist spots.
As a school we were also mindful of the fact that students in Year 7 and 8 had not been able to access the school site in the usual way and had not experienced all that Abbey Hill had to offer. Therefore, we offered places on the programme to this cohort first. By accessing the summer school, we believed students would be better supported to develop their confidence and independence skills, as well as help them to navigate the school site ahead of when the school returned to ‘normal’ in the next academic year.
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