Transition Summer School is held at the start of the summer holiday for four days and provides students, who will join Year 7 in September, the opportunity to participate in a number of learning and team building activities. The students get to know each other whilst working alongside several members of staff and Sixth Form and learn their way around the school site. This allows them to feel more confident when they join the school in September and helps them settle quickly into their studies and their new environment.
Activities include: creating slime (Science), writing and filming their own films (ICT/Media) confidence building and performance (Drama), Spanish (Languages), creating personal photo frames (Art), baking (Food technology), team challenges and a Sports afternoon. Students also went to Brunel University to cheer on Mark Ronson carrying the Olympic Torch. They were thrilled to see that they had appeared on the BBC News that evening.
The summer school is rounded off with an awards afternoon involving their parents and a chance to celebrate “Making Success Happen”.
Nicola Walmsley, one of the school’s Curriculum Leaders, who has organised the Transition Summer School said “Summer school has been a massive success and students have really enjoyed all the activities they have taken part in. Students particularly enjoyed cheering on the Olympic torch at Brunel University which was a fantastic experience for all. We very much look forward to welcoming the students back in September for the new academic year.”
One parent said “My son really enjoyed his time at Uxbridge High School and it has given him confidence for the year ahead. It is absolutely great to see that the staff put in so much effort into welcoming the children”
One student said “It has been great getting to meet new friends and meeting teachers from my new school. I am not worried about starting in September now”.