Summer School 2021

Lincoln Castle Academy Summer School 2021

The LCA Summer School 2021 took place from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July 2021.

Following information from the DfE and the EEF, funding was made available for schools to operate Summer Schools in summer 2021. The aim of the programme was to deliver a short summer school, which provided a blend of academic education and enrichment activities.

Each school selected their own focus and group of students. Here at LCA we determined that we would offer our one-week summer school to two slightly different cohorts – adding up to an offer of 100 places per day.

The student breakdown was two-thirds from our feeder primary school – year 6 pupils, and one third from the year 7 year group whom would benefit from additional supported learning time.

The coordinators looked at students based on a variety of criteria, which included skills in literacy and numeracy, social interactions, progress over the past terms in schools, mental and physical wellbeing, attendance and any specific needs. Using information from primary feeder contacts, class teachers in school, tutors and student data received, we made direct approaches to the parents/carers for all of the pupils. This gave us a group of 100 students, as we had planned for, as well as a waiting list of children hoping to gain a place.

The main aims of the programme were :-

  • To improve basic skills- in particular removing barriers to literacy and numeracy that exist for many of our pupils
  • To deliver curriculum subject introductions that captured interest and encouraged a love of learning, all using literacy skills
  • To be involved in a variety of learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom setting, that increase cultural capital

We determined that the week would start with an inspirational speaker, a local, young author, to engage them in reading and writing, create a piece of writing of their own, to be followed up by rewards for good pieces in the reward event at the end of the week.

Each day began with reading, with each group of students reading together either with the leader, in small extracted groups or with sixth form helpers on the specially selected book that all students received. The selected book, pitched at the higher end of the year 7 students attending, and was an example of a Barrington Stoke novel, which are predominantly simpler texts for students who lack reading confidence/stamina. The literacy sessions that followed built on reading comprehension, confidence in following and inferring from the text and sharing ideas of understanding.

Each day finished with numeracy sessions, looking at skills that were missing from some of the year 7 cohort, and essential for our new cohort, building confidence with number and applying the ideas to lessons looked at during the days.

The day aimed to mirror the length and changeover of activities that the students will face in ordinary academy life, building confidence in routines, and ran as follows:-

8.30 Arrive and register
8.30-9.00 Reading (paired sixth form students, additional staff to support)
9.00 -10.00 Session 1
10.00-11.00 Session 2
11.00-11.15 Break
11.15 -12.15 Session 3
12.15-12.45 Lunch
12.45- 1.45 Session 4
1.45- 2.00 Break
2.00 – 3.00 Session 5
3.00 – 3.30 Numeracy time (paired sixth formers to support)



Over the course of the week, the lessons the students took part in were an introduction to the majority of the curriculum subjects they will experience across an average week at school, mixed in with educational visits that due to COVID restrictions, many students had missed-out on the opportunities of. Each day the students also took part in a variety of group sporting activities, building on physical fitness, based around basic team sports skills.

Students visited the Lincolnshire Wolds Wildlife Park and Lincoln Cathedral, with curriculum time before and after based on science – adaptation, animal welfare and conservation, and the historical and geographical importance of our city.

The students also took part in lessons that used skills and knowledge in computer programming, art, music, drama, and food technology. The week culminated in a rewards afternoon and celebration in which the students cooked their own food, and performed together the song they had learnt.

As our focus was on breaking down barriers to literacy and numeracy and enhancing those key basic skills, all rewards were based around reading and numeracy and were given for most improvement reader in each group, enhanced confidence, group work, improved numeracy skills, top physical skill -amongst others.


Over the course of the week the following numbers of pupils attended

Mon 26/7 Tues 27/7 Weds 28/7 Thurs 29/7 Fri 30/7
94 83 75 74 75

From those groups of students 22/65 Year 6 students are eligible for PP funding, and 14/35 are eligible. The group of students also included students in our SEND cohort, and YC.


Of the funding available to LCA we spent the following:-

Staffing costs £13,919.03
Food costs £569.07
Trips and visits including coach hire £1203.00
Reading books £349.50
Inspirational speaker £150.00
H and S  – Hi-Vis vests, cookery aprons, food hygiene certificate £189.55
Literacy and numeracy rewards £266.19
Stationary £226.40
Subject teaching materials £167.25