At The Milton Keynes Academy we understand that Covid-19 has had a detrimental impact on students’ social skills, attendance, achievement and mental health. In addition to running our exciting virtual transition events with interactive tasks for our new Year 7 cohort, The Milton Keynes Academy held a summer school.
The aim of this programme was to deliver a blend of academic education and enrichment activities. This provided students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with our building and staff, as well as giving students a platform for September, through our literacy and numeracy offering. There were also opportunities for students to access sporting activities, performing arts, science and catering lessons to build and develop their interpersonal skills, which had been stymied by the pandemic.
The Summer School also helped students to start to form new friendships as they began to meet children joining The Milton Keynes Academy from other primary schools.
Sixty-two Year 6 students joining The Milton Keynes Academy in September 2021 were offered the opportunity to take part in the Summer School with no cost to their family. These were students identified by the Academy and Primary schools as vulnerable and SEND where the extra transition opportunity would be more beneficial.
Over the course of the week, the students took part in a range of activities designed to support their emotional, academic and physical well-being.
The Summer School took place during week commencing Monday 9 August 2021
The day ran from 8:45 am – 3pm
Children were required to attend daily
Breakfast, a hot lunch and refreshments were provided each day
Educational resources such as stationery were provided to ensure the event remained Covid-19 secure
All pupils were offered support with transport to the event
There was a carousel timetable for students each day
An MS form evaluation was completed by students who attended Summer School and their parents.
100% of students made at least one new friend
92% of students felt that they had got to know their way around the school
100% of students said that they had met new teachers
97% of students said that they had learnt something new
97% of students said that they had tried something new
100% of parents said that they felt happy with the communication over Summer School
92% of parents said that they felt as though their child was less anxious about joining The Academy in September
97% of parents felt that their child had learnt something new
100% of parents said that their child had a positive experience at summer school
62 students expressed interest and were offered places at The Milton Keynes Academy Summer School and 62 students confirmed attendance, completing our key information form which included any medical needs. Out of the 62 students, ten did not attend at any point during the week. Six of these students were self-isolating and four did not show. There was no communication prior to Summer School stating that they would not attend. Daily calls were made to any non-attenders.
The Academy did not charge parent/carer for any aspect of the event. Government income was £59.70 per child per day of attendance along with non-recoverable costs.
From 16 August, children under of the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test & Trace as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Instead, they will be advised to take a PCR test. Please report any confirmed Covid-19 positive test results to our dedicated Covid Alert email address below: email@example.com
On their return to school in September, all students will be given the opportunity to take two Lateral Flow Tests on school site. It is clearly in the interests of the school and its community that as many students as possible take up this opportunity to be tested on their return to school. As the students will be taking the new Orient Gene LFD test, we need to ask all families to provide consent for the testing, which can be done via the link below.
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