Summer School ready to welcome over 300 students in July

Thursday June 28, 2018

The Concord Summer Course team is preparing to welcome over 300 students aged between 10 and 17 when they arrive from many different parts of the world at the start of July. A total number of 70 staff have been appointed in a variety of roles including teachers, course assistants, activity leaders and residential matrons under the direction of Concord’s Summer School Course Director Mrs. Kari Butler. Kari, who is in her second year in the role, has been involved with Concord’s Summer School since 2003 and is confident that she and her team have organised the most ambitious and intensive set of programmes yet for both learning and recreation – reflecting Concord College’s main term strengths in the summer courses. The first of the two three and a half week long summer schools starts on the 3rd July,  where students will have signed up for either English or science lessons, excursions, recreation days and, for the first time, Concord+ which will be free workshops run outside of lessons. The one and a half hour workshops will include forensic science crime scene processing, classical singing, up-cycling and Shropshire history. For the second year there will also be four University Preparation Programmes each over 12 nights for students aged 16 or over aspiring to study either medicine, natural sciences, engineering or politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at university, reflecting Concord College’s main term experience and success in university applications in these subjects. Said Kari:  “This summer the courses will be focussing on the foundations for academic excellence, but there will still be an extensive leisure programme including summer outdoor activities. “Also for the first time we are running a robotics workshop with students able to make their own robot during a one day course on July 7 and August 5.” She added:  “In addition we will be encouraging students to take part in social action programmes and charity fundraising initiatives for the first time as part of the summer school programmes for 2018.” Pictured are Gavin Ayre, Lucy Ayre, Adam Blackburn, Kari Butler, Tony Conway and Maggie Poole who collectively have 55 years of experience at Concord Summer School.