More maths might seem like a
punishment to many, but brainy pupils are being given extra classes at
a Coventry school over the summer.
The summer school, the first
of its kind in Coventry, is being held at Foxford School and Community
College in Grange Road, Longford.
It is part of a national
scheme to allow gifted youngsters the chance to stretch their minds
during the school holiday.
And it was visited today by
Schools Minister Jacqui Smith, who came along to see the 33 youngsters
The school has been aimed at
children in years 6 and 7 in the Foxford School catchment area, which
is part of an Education Action Zone.
As well as maths lessons there
are also sessions in technology and ICT.
Cllr Dave Edwards, who
welcomed the minister to Coventry, said:
“This is the first time
that gifted and talented pupils are being given a further boost to
their talents in this way over the summer holiday.
“The summer schools are an
excellent and exciting opportunity to extend the educational
provision of pupils across the country and I hope that in the future
similar schemes can be extended for providing the funding for this
partnership with the local education authority.
like to thank the government for providing the funding for this
partnership with local education authority.”
"Our summer schools
programme is expanding because it has been a tremendous success and
the schools are liked by pupils, parents and the community.
“There were no Government
funded summer schools before 1997 - now there are 2,300 ensuring
children get the best possible start to secondary school.
"A BMRB poll conducted
in June found that three-quarters of parents wanted their children
to go to a summer school.
“Teachers have commented
that there is a marked difference in the attitude of pupils who have
attended them in terms of motivation and learning.
"Literacy and numeracy
summer schools provide intensive, focused work in English or maths
which is different to what pupils do in term time, and create an
atmosphere where children will want to work hard and enjoy doing so.
“It is not just classroom
based - summer schools also offer educational trips to nearby
museums or wildlife reserves for example.
“Summer schools help
children who are behind in literacy and numeracy to begin secondary
school on a more level footing.
“Early evaluations of
summer schools carried out by my department showed significant
improvements in children's mental arithmetic and gains in reading
over the fortnight they attended summer school.
"However, we are not
just concentrating on children who are struggling. We recognise that
many talented youngsters need extra support to achieve their full
why this year there are 500 summer schools for gifted and talented
pupils aged 10-14 throughout the country, covering a range of