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170 Children Return To Class For Summer School Experience

Tillee Woodliffe and Oriana Odlin (both 11) with their Cleethorpes Academy Summer School water bottles. They are among 170 children taking part in the event this week.

One hundred and seventy 11-year-olds have returned to class at Cleethorpes Academy this week just days after schools broke up for the Summer holidays.

The former Primary pupils are all taking part in the Academy’s Summer School to smooth their transition into secondary school next month. The event replaces the Academy’s usual term-time taster days which had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions this year.

Transition Days are a very valuable part of the journey from Primary to Secondary Schools, familiarising pupils with their peers and their new school site and taking away some of the anxiety involved in starting somewhere new. They usually take place in the Summer Term over a number of days and are a complement to the annual Open Evenings, none of which have been able to take place during the pandemic.

With the help of extra Government funding, Cleethorpes Academy was determined to ensure that Year 7 students joining them in September this year would not miss out completely on this experience. Teachers have volunteered to run the Summer School during their annual break.

Alex Frost, Head of House at Cleethorpes Academy, said: “We have had 170 children here each day, which is more than two thirds of the Year 7 cohort. They have taken part in a variety of fun activities and their enthusiasm has been infectious.

“It is so important for them to have this interaction with us and each other before they join us. These children have lost out a lot through Covid and this week gives them the opportunity to get back some of what they have missed out on.

“We devised a bespoke programme with an educational element, involving fun, practical and team building activities, to help the children gain those friendships and early links with children from other schools so that they will have people they know when they come here in September.”

Former Reynolds Academy pupil Libby Smithson-Cook (11) was enjoying a hot lunch provided by the Summer School at Cleethorpes Academy. She said: “I have done Music and Art and PE today and I have really enjoyed it. I have had a look around the school too.”

Blake Fanthorpe, Thomas Dunks, Eva Wortley and Molly Best (all age 11) make bird houses during a Technology session at Cleethorpes Academy Summer School.

Lola Butters and Libby Smithson-Cook enjoy a hot lunch and fruit at Cleethorpes Academy Summer School.

Kaitlynn Holt and Scarlett Jones (11) take part in a Science experiment at Cleethorpes Academy.

Above and below: Children take part in PE activities encouraging hand/eye coordination on the field at Cleethorpes Academy.

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