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Aims of the Summer School

To deliver a summer school offering a blend of academic education and enrichment activities.

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Build a community with their fellow pupils
  • Forge relationships with new teachers
  • Familiarise themselves with their new school environment

This transition is known to be a challenging one for some pupils, and the impacts of the pandemic have increased this challenge. Pupils leaving primary school this year may have missed a significant proportion of key stage 2 (KS2) face-to face teaching and therefore missed valuable preparation for secondary education. They are likely to need additional support with English and maths. A summer school gives an opportunity to offer that face-to-face support before they start a new school.

Summer school also offers an important opportunity to support pupils’ wellbeing. The cultural capital pupils have lost out on is important too. Pupils may not have heard as many words as they do on a normal day or read the books or been to the different places they might have otherwise. Some pupils won’t have had access to a garden or other safe outdoor space during lockdown, so this will form part of the summer school.


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Summer School Dates

The Summer School will run from Thursday 29th July – August 4th 2021.

Timings of the Day

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and Wellbeing session

10.00 - 11.00 Session 1

11:00 – 11.30 Break with activities

11.30 – 12.30 Session 2

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Session 3

14.00 – 14.30 Session close/review/plan for following day

Summer School Plan:




Academic: English, Maths, 1-hour wellbeing session led by an external provider

Monday - Wednesday

Performing Arts option:

Students opt for one of the disciplines (music, music tech, drama or musical theatre) and would work on activities in that discipline for the 3 days, culminating in a short outdoor performance at the end of the 3 days. 


Monday - Wednesday

Sport/Team building option

Students will take part in a carousel of activities including sports, games, scavenger hunts, map reading and team building


Wellbeing sessions will also be provided by an external provider.



Typical Day Thursday/Friday



Group 1

9.30 – 10.00


Welcome/outline of the day

Wellbeing activity


10.00 – 11.00

Session 1

Maths catch -up /Key stage 3 introductory lesson. The session will be led by teacher from the Minster School Maths department.


11.00 - 11.30


Opportunity to meet other students and take part in activities/games outside.

11.30 – 12.30

Session 2

English catch -up /Key stage 3 introductory lesson. The session will be led by teacher from the Minster School English department.


12.30 – 1.00


Students will bring their own packed lunch and eat outside in the amphitheatre (weather dependant), followed by a further opportunity to meet other students and take part in activities/games outside.

1.00 – 2.00

Session 3

Wellbeing session led by an external provider

2.00 – 2.30

Session close/review

Review of the day.

Closing prayer