Summer School 2014
On the 4th August 2014 The Co-operative Academy opened its’ doors to the New Year 7 students, inviting them to undertake two weeks of Summer School. A record number of students attended the two weeks of activities. Each morning began with a numeracy and literacy focus and students were able to access all the Academy’s facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre to develop their literacy skills. The afternoons provided new skills such as Street Dance, Boccia, Kurling, DJ mixing and African drumming. Students also learnt a range of new crafts such as creating personalised bunting, in addition to visiting The Staffordshire Creamline Pottery and learning about the history of The Potteries. They also made their own memorabilia of the visit.
From September 2014 the Academy is offering students the opportunity to participate in a new Eco School Project and in preparation for this students spent a number of afternoons collecting resources and building an amazing Bug House that should be full of bugs ready for the start of the new term. Stoke Spitfires Wheelchair basketball team are based at the Academy and delivered two days of basketball coaching to the students. This really enthused the students and they will have the opportunity in September to be part of the Spitfires training sessions. We also welcomed five university students to participate in the summer school and they inspired the new Year 7 students with stories of university life, alongside developing aspirations for our future students
The summer school enabled many new friendships for our Year 7 students; they now feel very comfortable about coming to the Academy in September. Students have all completed evaluations of their two week experience, and said that it was a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and meet all the teachers. Students said;
“We know our way around the Academy really well now”
“Nothing could top it!” “We don’t ever want summer school to end”
Summer School was the culmination of a lot of planning and preparation by Mrs Taylor & Mr Burgess-Pearson, who were especially pleased to see so many parents attend the Thursday afternoon celebration, which consisted of students performing street dances, African drumming and DJ skills for their audience.