Summer School Report

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Summer School Report


The Woodchurch Year 9 and 10 ‘Flying Start’ Programme ran from the 19th - 24th July at Woodchurch High School. The programme was targeted mainly at our Year 9 Pupils who were about to embark on their GCSE and BTEC option courses. We made this decision as due to this year group missing so much in school time over the last 2 years and also as this was a year group who had not had any other significant ‘Catch Up’ activities.

We also made provision for 1:1 intensive Maths lessons for targeted Year 10 pupils who had fallen behind. These sessions were for 2 hours a day and for 2 pupils a day.

The Programme

Make up of day:

A typical day at the Flying start programme consisted of a variety of academic activities that included 2 core subjects and 2 of the students’ newly opted subjects. The bespoke timetable was personalised around every student and provided an opportunity to access Key Stage 4 material prior to the commencement of the term.

A Timetable example for a student who has opted for GCSE Computer Science and GCSE PE can be found below. AM and lunch registration was used to highlight positive achievements and individual successes, ensuring that students' efforts do not go unnoticed.

Day AM Lesson 1 Lesson 2 PM/Lunch Lesson 3 Lesson 4
Monday   English Maths   Computer
Tuesday   English Maths   Computer
Wednesday   English Maths   Computer
Thursday   English Maths   Computer
Friday   English Maths   Celebration assembly Celebration assembly

Above is only an example of subjects. After the scrutiny of Year 9 data, students who required the additional support also studied Science, Religious Studies, History, Geography, ICT, Animal Care, OCR Sports Studies, MFL, Fine Art and other opted subjects.

In addition to student academic focus, pupils were given the opportunity to spend time with a school counsellor to focus on specific areas of well-being and health. These sessions focused on the development of pupil resilience, coping strategies, if learning becomes challenging and looking at ways to stay safe online.

The afternoon of the final day was the pinnacle of the week, providing each student with a personalised certificate and reward, acknowledging their hard work and success. The Head Teacher was present and discussed how pleased she was with the dedication and commitment that was on show during the week.

Attendance Break Down

The summer school was offered to 291 Year 9 pupils, 121 of which were pupil premium pupils. 94 pupils attended of which 39 were pupil premium, a total of 375 sessions over the week were delivered.

Spending Overview

The overall cost of delivering the summer school was £22.2K

£19.7k was spent on staffing the programme using the school’s qualified teachers and teaching assistants who know the pupils well.

£860 was spent providing lunches for all pupils.

£650 was spent providing additional resources such as certificates and rewards.

The remainder was spent on opening the school facilities such as light, heat, cleaning and caretaking costs.