Colchester Academy ‘steps up’ with lottery funding

We are delighted to announce that we have received £8,015 of National Lottery funding to run our summer school for new Year 7 students who will be joining us in September.

The summer school, called ‘Step Up!’ will encourage the students to problem solve by working as part of a team. There will be an emphasis on literacy and numeracy and all activities will aim to increase their self-confidence, introduce new skills and familiarise them with their new school and many of their new classmates in a fun and engaging environment.

The summer school is organised by educational charity SkillForce whose instructors use activity-based learning to inspire students. All the activities will be delivered in a fun, exciting and engaging way and students will have the opportunity to be involved in a community project, take part in a day of activities with Bushtucker Forest Schools and spend a day and a night learning campcraft skills at Thorrington Scout Camp.

Fiona Pierson, Principal comments: “The transition from primary to secondary school is a major life experience for both students and their families – transition can be a time when their confidence as learners is reduced and they fail to progress as expected. Step Up! will help bridge the gap between leaving primary school and starting secondary school and we are convinced that this will have a major impact on engagement and levels of attainment.”

The National Lottery funding was granted through the Awards for All scheme which funds local community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.