While many students and staff were enjoying a relaxing break over the summer, a number of our year 7’s were getting stuck into life at Northgate and joined us for our Flying Start Summer School.

  • 75 pupils, 10 sixth form helpers and 7 members of staff came together for a week packed full of activities. There were a large variety of sessions that covered many areas of the curriculum including English, Drama, Maths, Science and PE. These are just some of the activities that students took part in:
  • Writing a diary entry from a cell.
  • Solving a Maths murder mystery.
  • Building rockets (and breaking the school record for the furthest distance a rocket has travelled.)
  • Creating volcanoes and learning all about natural disasters.
  • A QR code Maths hunt around school.
  • Learning about new sports (handball and dodgeball) and playing those we were already familiar with (football).
  • Working as a team to create a performance based on the theme of ‘lost and found.’ Some brave students even performed their piece to parents at the end of the week!
  • Competing in a mini-Olympics.
  • Creating a painting to show the things they couldn’t live without.
  • Designing book covers.
  • And so much more…

At the end of the week, pupils’ parents and families joined us in the ELF for a celebration of all the hard work the students done- a great way to end a fantastic week!

We got some comments from some of the pupils who attended as to why they attended, whether they enjoyed it and whether they would recommend to new Year 6s. Lexi, said ‘it really helped me understand the school better and boosted my confidence’. Lewis commented, ‘It is interesting and enjoyable plus you meet new friends’. Finally, Daniel said, ‘you get to learn cool stuff and have lots of fun. I enjoyed it a lot and it has made me more confident’.

A great week from all those involved and a really positive start to life at Northgate – well done!