Biggest turnout yet for summer school

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Children from across the borough enjoyed the third annual summer school run by the Hastings Academy.

More pupils attended than ever before with a good number of Academy students from years eight to 11 giving up a week of their holiday to help.

The Summer School was run in partnership with The Eggtooth Project which is a local social enterprise running innovative and creative courses, events and activities for children, young people and their families, in the Hastings area.

Around 150 students were treated to a week of activities aimed at helping them move more smoothly up to high school, including drumming, mosaics, jungle astronomy, wood sculpture, Forest School, international cookery, football, cricket, judo, trampolining singing, song writing, dancing, acting, filming, animation and graffiti art.

Trips were arranged to the Amex Football Stadium in Brighton, Fairlight Hall, “Paint in the Woods” in Staple Cross, Pestalozzi International Village and the Classroom on the Coast in Hastings Old Town.

Students also worked with a local artist to create a 24 by eight feet piece of street art which will be hung in the Academy as a lasting reminder of Summer School 2014.

The school gives year six pupils the chance to acquire new skills, familiarise themselves with the building, make new friends and gain confidence, equipping them for their lives at secondary school.

At the end one parent said: “A remarkable difference has been noticed at home in our son. Thank you for the care and attention you have shown him and for giving him such a fun week. He is really looking forward to joining The Hastings Academy in September.”

Theresa Phillips, principal at Hastings Academy, said: “Thank you to the Department for Education for funding the Summer School. It will make a huge difference to those students who took part in building their self-confidence and making the start of their journey with us so positive and memorable.”