Summer School 2021
Summer School Impact Report
As part of the Government’s funding scheme in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on school children, The Bishop Wand School delivered a Summer School for the week of the 26th to the 30th July, 2021. The aim of our Summer School was to provide a variety of sessions with a blend of academic education and enrichment activities for the students to take part in.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to make new friends, find their way around the School and develop teamwork skills to support them with their future learning. Most importantly, the week provided an engaging environment to inspire and encourage a love of learning. The staff at The Bishop Wand School are dedicated to ensuring that the students receive a meaningful and enjoyable experience and offered to deliver some outstanding sessions. Staff went above and beyond to plan, prepare and deliver sessions that were both innovative and purposeful, that further rebuilt any lost learning, maintained academic excellence and improved social skills.
The programme priorities were:
- Literacy and communication (1 ¼ hours per day). Students were provided with a new text to both explore the literary content and to build their oracy skills. The use of literature allowed staff and students to explore how to effectively communicate, building confidence in students to prepare them for a secondary school setting. Students were encouraged to communicate with each other and through small group activities were able to build strong friendship groups.
- Numeracy and functional maths skills (1 ¼ hours per day). Many of the skills needed at secondary level are cross curriculum skills such as collecting data, graph drawing and interpretation of results. Harnessing the facilities of the school and allowing students to familiarise themselves with the School site provided ample opportunities for students to explore the context of numeracy and Maths in their everyday lives. The opportunities to work in small groups allowed students to form different peer friendships, building confidence in students as they prepared for secondary school.
- Team building and sports (2 ½ hours per day). A range of sports activities were prepared, with students choosing two different activities each day. They ranged from ball games, such as netball, football and cricket, to team building activities where students were posed with a problem they needed to resolve. Friendly competitiveness was embedded, to encourage students to engage with their peers. The personal enthusiasm of the PE staff notably drove the engagement in the games and the range of activities was a highlight for many of the students who attended.
All students (192) in Year 6 were invited. Due to pre-arranged holidays or self-isolation due to COVID-19 contact some students were unable to attend.
Since starting in September, we have no school refusers in Year 7. This is in contrast with previous years where we have had 2 or 3 school refusers in each year group. Students have developed good relationships and appear confident. Attendance is high at 97.6%.
Behaviour has been good and both parent and student engagement in school activities has been high. Students demonstrate confidence in their ability to communicate with their peers and teachers. Staff comment on the high engagement on of the current Year 7s.
The cost of delivering the Summer School was £9,550.87 which is to be met through a Summer School grant funded by the Department for Education.