Screen Shot 2013-07-14 at 21.06.24The ALP & TICE Summer School is an innovative and exciting  programme which will give Year 7 pupils (aged 11-12) a head start as they look to begin their Secondary School studies in September 2013.   The two week programme is designed to give pupils from Bothal and  Hirst Park Middle Schools a chance to experience an exciting programme of experiential learning in a fun and safe environment which will focus on developing practical Maths and English Skills.  The ALP Summer School is fully funded by the Department for Education and aims to help pupils make a successful transition from the Primary to Secondary phase of their educational journey.

Andy Gaskell works as Director of Enterprise and Vocational Studies in the Ashington Learning Partnership and is co-ordinating the ALP Summer School programme this year.  “The DfE Summer Schools are a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to experience a range of practical Maths and English challenges that can help pupils start secondary education ready to learn. Evidence shows that there can be a dip in performance for pupils as they transfer from primary school to secondary school. Pupils falling behind at this stage sometimes never catch up and so it’s vital that schools can work in partnership with local business to address the challenges we face in preparing the workforce of the future for the local economy.  Accordingly, we are both delighted and grateful to such a wide range of local partners for showing such a keen interest in supporting our Summer School programme,”.

ALP Trust:

Bothal Middle and Hirst Park Middle Schools are part of the Ashington Learning Partnership Trust, a collaboration of five schools which includes Ashington High School, Central First School, Wansbeck First School and the two Middle Schools previously mentioned.  The Trust has a strong track record of working with local businesses on experiential projects that allow learners to develop a wide ranging skills set.


This is Creative Enterprise is a three tier programme, consisting of Bronze, Silver & Gold Stages. It is designed to give students a real insight, broaden knowledge and understanding of the creative industries. The concept behind the programme is to introduce the hugely competitive creative sector and highlight the many opportunities within it. We have a team of creative professionals, with a wealth of knowledge in the creative industries, contacts and specialists in their fields. Without them and the support of over 270 creative companies and Further & Higher Educational institutions within the North East. http://www.thisiscreativeenterprise.com

This year we are hosting this exciting Summer School at Ashington High School in partnership with the Ashington learning trust. The schools involved are Bothal and Hirst park Middle School. It will run from the 30th July to the 7th August.

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