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Whitgift School, working in conjunction with Croydon Council, will launch a Summer School this July. The Whitgift Community Summer School will support local Year 5 pupils affected by the disruption of school closures.

The School will support Year 5 pupils within Croydon to achieve their full academic potential. As well as encouraging academic progress, the programme aims to inspire confidence and a sense of community, offering pupils a chance for wider social interaction, on Whitgift’s grounds in Haling Park.

Staffed entirely by Whitgift School teachers, lessons will include core subjects such as English, Maths and Science as well as a range of exciting activities such as Philosophy, Languages, Sport and Music.

Funding for the programme will come from both Whitgift and donations from those connected with the School community, allowing it to run for at least 2 weeks. Around 90 pupils from 7 Croydon primary schools will be offered free places.

Croydon Council’s Robert Henderson, Executive Director, Children, Families and Education, speaking on behalf of himself and Shelly Davies, Interim Director of Education and Youth Engagement said: “Croydon Council is very pleased to be working in partnership with Whitgift on this project. The Whitgift Community Summer School will be a great opportunity for some of our Year 5 pupils to take part in this exciting project which aims to reduce the achievement gap caused by the COVID 19 Pandemic and the extended time out of school.”

Andy Marlow, Whitgift Director of Partnerships and Community said: “We sadly had to temporarily stop our Primary School Project back in March and have been investigating other ways in which we can contribute to the education of primary pupils in the local area. The idea of the Summer School came about through conversations with Croydon Council and primary school headteachers who we work in close partnership with throughout the year. I have been delighted with the enthusiasm of our staff to come forward during the holiday period to do what they love; teach and inspire pupils. We are committed to finding ways to support children in the Borough of Croydon, not just those who are enrolled as students at Whitgift, and we really hope that this programme will make a genuine difference to the educational progress of those who attend.”

This is the latest project from our Schools to support the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our other projects include…
• Producing PPE for local healthcare providers such as Croydon University Hospital
• Providing transport support for care workers and Croydon Voluntary Action food distribution to vulnerable people
Pen pal initiative between students and Whitgift Care residents