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Grangefield's summer school team on voyage of discovery

Students starting year seven at The Grangefield Academy this September take part in the academy's summer school

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 28, 2015 | School life

Following the theme ‘wish you were here’, Grangefield Academy students are being taken on a voyage of discovery during the summer holidays through classes in tourism, literacy and numeracy sessions, team building activities and fun days out. Their study will cover the North East and North Yorkshire areas. 

This is the second year that the summer school has been held and the activities, which began last week, are being attended by over half of the new cohort. All classes and meals are free of charge, funded by The Grangefield Academy as part of its commitment to raising the aspiration of all students and extending learning outside of the classroom.  

Jo Taylor, who is one of the group leaders, said:  “We have already packed lots of exciting activities into our first week. On Monday we all went to Hollywood Bowl at Teesside Park and on Friday, staff from Kier, the construction company currently working on our new school, worked with students to build a giant tetrahedron, which ended up a massive four metres high.    

“However, Wednesday was the day we were all looking forward to as we went to Whitby where we visited the museum and Whitby Abbey. In the second week of summer school students will not only be able to tour our new school building but will also take part in an eagerly anticipated trip to Flamingo Land.”  

In their ‘Team Grange’ tee shirts, the trips around the region expand the children’s knowledge of the immediate area whilst the journey planning and costing elements of their studies will give them an insight into business and finance and how visitors perceive the region.  

Student Kelsey Kemp said: “I have enjoyed making new friends and joining in all of the activities. I am pleased I have come to summer school because I know lots of staff and students now and I am not worrying about starting in September anymore.’  

Nikki Gibb, head of academy, said:  “I think it is absolutely fantastic that students want to come in to school during their holidays to continue learning. They are obviously enjoying themselves, which is a great introduction to secondary school life.” 

The Grangefield Academy is part of the Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit charity, operating within the North East and North-West of England. It works with schools only by invitation and was formed in September 2012. It currently sponsors ten secondary and ten primary academies. 

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