Thirty young people took part in an action-packed week designed to help them get to know each other, the school and the town. Activities included a forest school, poetry at Fairlight Hall, animation, fish filleting on The Stade and a walk around Ore Valley (the local neighbourhood) generating large art maps.
Who was involved
What activities can we build into our summer school to build confidence and expand horizons for young people starting secondary school?
The young people got a glimpse of themselves, each other, the school environment and the wider local environment. There was pride in what they achieved, what the groups did and in the Academy. Taking part in the week made children less nervous about starting secondary school. About 80 people attended the final event. It was a good start with parents and changed parental perceptions about the school.Back to top
It gave kids confidence, enhanced self esteem in all manner of things – really wonderful!
The young people learnt skills they didn’t think they had, they were praised, and told they were good at things they didn’t know they were good at.
On Wednesday we went around Ore non-stop the only time we stopped was when we had lunch but that wasn’t enough time. I never knew that Ore was so nice it was an amazing experience.
The team was great! Everybody in the same mindset and very supportive of each other – quite magical. Everyone has mucked in, and there was little division between teachers, artists and teaching assistants.
Senior students Tom Haywood and Jack Ottaway made a film of the week. To see their review click here.