The Canterbury Academy has been working on a growing programme to support Key Stage 4 students with GCSE and vocational attainment.
Originally two small programmes – one designed for Year 10 students working on the C/D borderline in English and Maths and the other supporting Year 10/11 vocational study attainment – by the end of its five-year development Canterbury’s aim is to take Year 10 in its entirety (180 students plus staff) away for a week of real life learning, led by a mixture of school and external staff.
The school has worked with a number of partners, negotiating a teacher-led programme of activities with outdoor centres and heritage venues. In July 2013, the residential took place at Hampton Court Palace, a unique experience for Canterbury students and staff as well as the Historic Royal Palaces education team. The residential was the first of its kind at any of the HRP sites. All activities were planned jointly with the Canterbury teachers, and the school’s trainee chefs (studying for NVQ Hospitality and Catering) provided the catering.
The dual purpose of the Canterbury programme is to improve student confidence, which can then be applied to learning, so increasing attainment.
“I feel that the residential was hugely beneficial. I was able to see students overcome their fear, build new friendships and work together, collaboratively, supporting each other.”
Teacher, The Canterbury Academy