Great finale for summer school

Summer school kids at their presentation evening.
Summer school kids at their presentation evening.
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A GREAT school year lies ahead for University Academy Holbeach, if the new intake youngsters who came along to its summer school are anything to go by.

With 190 new pupils starting next month, swelled by an additional 40-plus who in previous years would have gone to St Guthlac’s at Crowland, the annual summer school was even more over-subscribed than usual.

Pared down to the limit of 50, September’s year sevens looked bright eyed and full of beans after two weeks of intensive introduction to their new school.

The academy’s assistant principal Lesley Smillie said: “They looked a lot more enthusiastic about changing to secondary school at the end of summer school than when they started, which is the whole idea.

“As usual far more children applied for summer school than we had places for. We always consult with the heads of all the primary schools and choose the children they think will most benefit from a preview of our activities and the chance to mix with others in the same boat.”

Parents in the audience at the final presentation evening on Friday enjoyed a full programme including a choir of volunteers singing in Spanish and an exhibition of street dancing, the performers wearing Olympic ball-caps they had designed and made.

Children attending the summer school concentrated on fun and challenging Maths and English activities in the mornings, mixed up in five groups of ten so they were working together with classmates they’d never met before. A day trip to the Exotic Pet Refuge at Deeping St James was enjoyed by half the youngsters while the others cooked soup and baked bread, then they swapped round another day.

Sports day last week was almost spoiled by heavy rain, but continued indoors in the school gym.