Local youngsters received a sneak peak at life at a new school during a summer holiday programme in Shiregreen, thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.
The event at Firth Park Academy saw 70 children, aged from 8 up to 15, some of who have moved to the school this month, take part in a three-day ‘summer school’ featuring a host of activities.
The scheme supported youngsters transitioning from local feeder schools into secondary education by offering them a chance to meet teachers and fellow pupils in a fun and educational environment.
Sanctuary’s funding, which meant the event was free for young people to attend, saw the children take part in a range of activities including sports, cheerleading, dance and cooking. There were also structured design and technology sessions on offer.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “We are always looking to invest in community-led projects that help our residents develop their skills and live happy and fulfilled lives with the support they need.
“Having the chance to attend the Firth Park Academy summer school really helps pupils to transition smoothly into their new school, builds their self-confidence and aids their educational development at one of the most important times in their lives.”
Melissa Lightfoot, from the Community Partnerships Team at Firth Park Academy, said: “We love putting together our summer school as the young people make new friends, build confidence, see what our school has to offer and more importantly enjoy themselves.
“We would like to thank Sanctuary as without them it would not be possible to put on this great event.”
The project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.