UCS and Highgate Summer School Project

Partner: UCS and Highgate Summer School
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Academic

Yearly summer school programme for primary pupils in Haringey and Camden.

A yearly sports enrichment activity using facilitates provided by two schools for local primary schools.

Aims of the project

To provide an outstanding summer school for students in the local area to focus on specialist subjects in outstanding facilities.

To allow children from local schools to use the facilities and expertise on offer at UCS and Highgate.

Background and goals

Each summer, UCS and Highgate School hold a joint summer school for children (Year 4) from schools in Camden and Haringey.  The schools are selected by each council on a rotating basis and pupils take part in Music, Art, DT, Language and Science activities.  The location alternates between UCS and Highgate.  We welcomed one hundred and twenty children from primary schools in Haringey and Camden. Both Summer Schools were run and taught by teachers from Highgate and UCS.

Set up as an Olympic Legacy by the Headteachers of UCS and Highgate Schools.


Coordinating staff members and links within schools, Sixth Form Volunteers as part of community action projects.

The swimming pools and gyms of both schools were used plus sports hall and pitches for a range of activities across three days.


Schools parents and children have given 100%positive feedback about the Summer Schools. They praise the opportunity to learn at a faster pace and to use the facilities in Science and Technology. Children have commented that they “Created airplanes and got to see them fly” and revealed the opportunities offered by Science labs lamenting that they “Never blow things up” at their schools. One child called the experience “Inspiring” and all said they would recommend it to a friend.

Feedback from the children included enjoying the opportunity to swim, learning to run on a treadmill; promoting healthy participation in sports.

Pupil involvement

Sixty year 4 and 5 children, UCS and Highgate school staff.

Frequency and duration

Every summer for 3 days.