School’s in after Shiregreen summer programme

Although they are now back at school, Shiregreen youngsters got a taste of what life would be like thanks to an exciting summer holiday programme.

Local school pupils who started at Firth Park Academy this month took part in an intensive three-day ‘summer school’, funded by Sanctuary Housing.

The sessions included a range of interactive activities including sports, dance and cooking, all aimed at improving skills such as teamwork and self-confidence in time for the new term.

Sanctuary’s funding also saw the group take part in structured design and technology sessions to help prepare them for lessons.

In addition to the summer school, young people from Firth Park Academy will also lead a Shiregreen community initiative later in the year as part of the project.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “As well as building up essential skill sets, the summer school gave the students an important opportunity to meet and chat with new classmates, forming the basis for future friendships.

“In previous years, the programme has really helped pupils transition smoothly into their new school, and I hope this will also be the case for this year’s intake.”

Melissa Lightfoot, from Firth Park Academy, added: “Everyone who came along had a great time; the summer school gives our future students a wonderful opportunity to build confidence for the new term and see what our school has to offer.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.