For a week at the end of July 2021, the September 2021 intake of year 7 students were given the opportunity to attend the Get Ready Woodrush Summer School.
To facilitate making this an excellent academic and enrichment experience, Woodrush applied for a government summer school grant of £16,320.
Over the course of the week students were given the chance to make new friends; develop teamwork, life skills, literacy, numeracy and most importantly their confidence ready to start as Woodrush students in September.
Each day was kick-started with breakfast to make sure students were ready and energised for a day jam-packed with activity. The children then had workshops in making (and eating) tasty meals, street art, trampolining and multisports.
Specialist staff developed an escape room to test and stretch the students numeracy skills and ability to work as an effective team, and a visiting poet had the students cultivate their literacy skills while explore their feelings about transitioning from primary school and their experiences of the COVID pandemic.
This was followed by an enriching day at the end of the week at Upton Warren outdoor adventure centre. Here students learned to face their fears and continue to develop teamwork skills and relationships with canoeing, high rope crate stacking, archery and an afternoon of fun on the aqua-park.
Over the week the students really developed their confidence, with the support of our strong team of youth workers, Woodrush teachers and the Woodrush transition team. Feedback from parents and carers has been incredibly positive and the students still talk about how much fun they had!