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Summer School Programme 2020-2021

As part of the government catch-up funding we ran a Summer School focused on Year 7 transition, in which we invited all students in Cohort 2021 to the academy for 5 days to experience Sir Christopher Hatton in readiness for their September 2021 start.

Their week started with 3 days of lessons whereby students were fully immersed into the curriculum offerings at Sir Christopher Hatton . Students participated in German, Music, Drama, Art & Design, English, Maths, Humanities, Computer Science, and Sports lessons. All the lessons were taught by our expert subject teachers meaning students became familiar with key academy staff.

In addition, students took part in team building activities designed to foster teamwork, building friendships as well as experience our fantastic range of extra-curricular such as Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force.

The students enjoyed a fantastic trip to Kingswood Outdoor Education Centre in Staffordshire. They  took part in a wide range of activities from Rock Climbing to the Zip Line, which helped them to foster a sense of independence, confidence and once again team building skills.

On the final day students were treated to a Science Show from our practice leading Science Team involving fireworks and explosives ! The week culminated with a sports afternoon in which students were placed in teams and participated in a celebration event where the pink team were crowned victorious.  The ice cream van treated all students and staff that were involved in this successful and valuable programme. 

One student, Alfie McGoldrick, said “The summer school gave us an opportunity to work towards aiming for excellence, as well as a way to conquer fears and to challenge ourselves. It was a fantastic week, thank you I now feel ready to start Year 7!”



The academy received a daily rate of £59.70 per student, per day. This funding came from the Department for Education Summer School funding. The funds allocated funds covered payment for staffing, catering for all students, resources for the week, trip and transport payment, and other incurred costs as a result of opening the academy.