Over 100 new Year 7 students spent the week at The Grange Academy at their annual Summer School. Acknowledging the challenges that students have faced over the past two academic years, the school went all out to provide students with a memorable week which included sessions in a range of subjects and then a special Friday fun day including treasure hunt, inflatable assault course, all topped off with lunch provided by Papa Johns, Festival Way Fish Bar and Ron’s Ices.
Esme Powell and Olivia Kayes
Mr Beavon, Assistant Associate Principal in charge of Transition had this to say: ‘We know how important the transition to secondary is for students. Weeks like this which allow students to make new friends, explore the school building and meet members of staff are a key part of our transition programme. Whether students are moving up from The Grange Academy primary phase of learning, or joining us as the only child from their primary, we plan a summer school that boosts their confidence ahead of starting in Year 7. The week has been a huge success, with our biggest summer school turn out ever.’
Jessica Bradbury and Lucy Parker
Parents and students were equally impressed with the summer school with one parent saying ‘This whole week has been amazing! My daughter has been up early every morning, excited to come to school and has come home talking non-stop about the day’s activities and the friends she has made. Its honestly made the whole transition to senior school a lot less daunting for us both, and instead something for her to look forward to with excitement. Thank you to all involved’.
Another parent agreed, by saying ‘Excellent experience for all the new year 7 students. My daughter has really enjoyed it and had a great week making new friends and getting to grips finding her way around the school. I have no doubt that this has made a massive difference in making the transition a lot less stressful.’