Summer School at GWA
23-27 August 2021
This year, our mission statement was:
Our Summer School intends for our new students to feel part of our community, building confidence to prepare them to be proactive members of Great Western Academy. With our ethos of Achievement, Care and Excellence (ACE) to ensure our new students feel a sense of belonging and pride here at GWA.
We were keen to show the passion that we have for all of our subject lessons here in GWA and with the children we built tetrahedrons using 300 balloons, created our own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, explored space and got familiar with all of our science equipment including some great explosions, escaped from a space themed clue room using team work and logic skills, got to know each other in Drama, explored amazing historians, Martian poetry and so much more. After all this we are confident that the 61 students that were with us are ready to blast off into their secondary school future.
We wanted all the children to have a good sense of the school and an opportunity to flourish and meet new friends. The children certainly told us that they enjoyed the week and had made friends and felt more confident about joining us in September, we tried to offer a flexible approach offering part week timetables where needed – we did of course have to adjust this when students felt they wanted to join us for even more of the week. Here are some of the words that the students used to describe the week and their favourite lessons. We received just over £17,000 in funding the spending of this was split between staff wages and directly purchasing lunches, materials for summer school including art supplies, books, science equipment and of course those 300 balloons.