Transition summer school 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our current Year 7 students have not experienced a full year at school since they were in Year 4, and they were also unable to visit the school or take part in transition activities during Year 6. The evidence from the Department for Education (DfE) is clear that students are likely to have fallen behind on their academic subjects as a result of the pandemic, and that students’ mental health may also have suffered. Research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggests that summer school provision has the potential to support students to make up for some of their missed learning and help with education engagement and transition.

At Ruislip High School, incoming Year 7 students were invited to a three-day summer school in August 2021. Students took part in numeracy, literacy, drama and physical activities, allowing them to experience the curriculum at Ruislip High. They were also able to make new friends which made the transition to secondary school smoother.

Students found the experience helpful and enjoyable. Students were asked what their favourite part of the experience was and there were a range of responses, including: “I loved the drama lessons”, “Making paper aeroplanes and measuring how far they flew was brilliant”, “I have learnt what a connotation is!”, “It was fun to see what the school looks like -it is really big”, “PE was my favourite!” and “The bolognese was delicious! And the chocolate croissants!”.