SWAFFHAM: Academy’s Saturday sessions are proving popular

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Year 11 students at Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy have been giving up their Saturday morning lie-ins to continue preparations for their final exams and coursework.

Students studying GCSE graphic design have been returning to the Brandon Road academy to join the teaching staff for extra sessions for most of the year.

Science classes started before Christmas and since March the GCSE musicians have joined them. The different subjects joining the Saturday academy sessions now also include food technology and drama.

Students keen to achieve the best possible grades in English, maths, modern languages and media studies have also attended special sessions at the academy during half-terms and the Easter holiday this year.

On the Year 11’s programme, assistant principal Martin Budgett, who works with the GCSE musicians, said: “The impact on their work is significant for the students and we can focus on key aspects for a sustained period of time without having to stop and change to a different lesson.

“It certainly takes dedication to their studies to fit the sessions around part-time work and family commitments, but students at the Nicholas Hamond Academy certainly are demonstrating that they can live up to the academy’s motto of being ‘Determind to be the best that we can be’.”