10 September 2021
In August, we welcomed over 100 Year 6 (soon to be Year 7s) to NGHS. They joined us as part of the government's Summer Schools programme with the clear aim to catch up on some lost learning during the pandemic, but also, importantly, to ease the transition to high school.
Organised into four groups (with fabulous orange, pink, blue and lime green caps!) each student enjoyed workshops last from 1 hour 15 minutes to a half day in performing arts, geography, German, art, mathematics, STEM, coding, PSHE, physics, chemistry, biology and PE. Some of these sessions were a real challenge (such as the half day looking at forensic investigations) whilst others, such as German and STEM were classroom based.
The Summer School was staffed by teachers and support staff from NGHS and the staff enjoyed the Summer School as much as the students clearly did, as these parental testaments show.
We have been in awe of how much effort has gone into clearly ensuring that this week has been a gentle coming together of new experiences; new friends, new teachers, new activities and a new site.
Each afternoon she has come out with a huge smile on her face and during the journey home, nobody can get a word in while she gives us a ‘blow by blow’ account of the day!
Thank you for giving priority not just to their academic well-being, but also to their social and emotional recovery.
She particularly enjoyed learning German and looking at flies under the microscope!
Mr Scott, Headteacher, was present each day of the Summer School and was delighted to see the confidence of students improve from day to day as well as their obvious attraction to all that NGHS had to offer. Thank you to everyone involved.