Summer School Fun at Winmarleigh

July 2019


New starters get ready for raft building at Winmarleigh Adventure Centre.

Over 80 of our new starters joined us at our Transition Summer School this year. Following two days in school, 61 students then enjoyed a free, three-day adventure holiday at Winmarleigh Hall Adventure Centre in Lancashire.

With a programme of fun activities and challenges designed and organised by our experienced Transition Team, days in school focused on team building to help establish new friendships and build self-confidence. By problem solving as a team and completing various challenges students learned that working together and supporting each other is the way to achieve the very best results; this is something that we encourage in all aspects of Academy life.

Following these two fun-packed days, students were more than ready to embrace the next transition opportunity at Winmarleigh Hall Adventure Centre. This residential centre offered the chance for students to experience a range of outdoor pursuits that they had never tried before in a safe environment designed for large groups of young people.

Activities were chosen to both thrill and challenge our new starters; they were able to try Canoeing, Zip Wire, High Ropes and Raft Building and it was inspiring to see their confidence grow as they proved to themselves that they can achieve anything with a little courage and determination.

For many, this was also the first time that they had stayed overnight without their parents and so they returned to King James feeling more independent and confident in their ability to cope with new challenges.