Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cambridge MP Welcomes Summer Schools To Help Disadvantaged Youngsters

Cllr Andy Pellew, MP Julian Huppert, and
Manor Principle Ben Slade

Six Cambridge schools will be opening their doors this summer to help some of the city’s most disadvantaged pupils make the step from primary to secondary school.

The summer schools, designed to help pupils who are in danger of falling behind when moving to a bigger school and more challenging curriculum, have been welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.

Theywill take place at Abbey College, Chesterton Community College, Coleridge Community College, Parkside Community College, The Manor School and Netherhall School.

Launched by Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg, the schools are designed to help youngsters on free school meals and children in care.

Julian said: “We know that moving out of primary school to a bigger school with a wider timetable can be daunting for some children. It knocks their confidence, they start falling behind and often they never catch up again.

“I hope these summer schools will prove invaluable to these children giving them the chance to familiarise themselves with how secondary school works so that we can tackle problems before any damage is done.”

Local Bar Hill Parish Councillor Andy Pellew (who is also Chair of Governors at the Manor) said "It's vital that we give our students the best possible chance to succeed and opening this Summer School will help new arrivals get off to the best possible start. It's a fantastic opportunity not to be missed."