A summer of dens and fires as state meets independent

A summer reading school combining the best of the independent and state education sectors will take place this summer.

It is being held at Rock Hall School and will include 30 children from the Alnwick first and middle schools.

Staff from both schools are working together to provide an exciting programme of outdoor activities.

There will be dens to build, fires to light, art projects out of doors and finally a scarecrow will be created to participate in the Rennington scarecrow weekend at the end of August.

The school will run from July 30 for four weeks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm.

It has been supported by funding from the Department for Education but also from several community groups.

The team is very grateful to the Round Table, the John Bull Letter draw and MACPI who have all made generous donations.

There is still a small shortfall but the team is confident that it will be made up by the end of term.

The school will be run by three qualified teachers every day so that the children gain maximum attention in small groups.

But the summer school is looking for volunteers to assist with the outdoor activities and to support the children in their reading.

Volunteers do not have to attend the full four weeks; a rota will be drawn up so that there is plenty of support each day.

Contact Rock Hall School on 01665 579224.