Academy summer school bridges the transitional year gap

Academy summer school bridges the transitional year gap


Droylsden Academy had a scream at it hosted a theme park inspired summer school for 85 of its future pupils.

The two week programme, which began last week, provided a wonderful way for the school to get new Year Seven starters from the local community to come together to share ideas while exploring the idea of theme parks and establishing keys skills in the young learners.

The learning opportunities have included a research adventure to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, drama, photography, music, catering and science carousels and literacy and numeracy workshops.

Also on offer were the sports and dance masterclasses led by staff and the current sports leaders enrolled at Droylsden Academy, Ashley Allcroft, 14, Erin Longsden, 15, and Madeline Longsden, 14.

This week also sees the future students working with Key 103 to record podcasts of their achievements and experience.

Summer school co-ordinator Richard Tiley said: “National statistics show that there is a plateau in achievement between primary and secondary school transition.

This summer school is an excellent opportunity to address this and for students to make friends, build social skills and above all have some fun!”

The two week journey will come to a close after pupils have explored the new Sea Life Centre at the Trafford Centre, as a reward for their exceptional efforts.

Extended Schools Manager Caroline Williams, added: “The pupils’ achievements will be showcased in a presentation to parents and family on Friday at the Academy at 12:45 PM.

“Members of the local community are welcome to celebrate alongside staff and students.”


Find the article in this weeks edition of the Tameside Reporter.

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