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School that never closes

posted 19 Mar 2018, 12:04 by Tim Williams
School is no longer just five days per week at Nightingale Academy. In fact, the school, in Edmonton, never closes. A shift in culture at the school means classrooms are full of activity on Saturdays as students work for the best possible grades.
Year 11 give up their day off to be at their desks and revising each weekend to prepare for their upcoming exams. During Saturday school, students learn exam skills and sit practise papers, with their class teachers on
hand to support their revision.
Principal Ann Palmer said the culture in the school now means students are keener than ever to achieve their very best. She said: “Saturday school is just great. Students are treated like adults and come into school in non-uniform, which gives the sessions a whole different feel. It is more like a university situation as students are in control of their own learning. They want to be here as it’s a place where they can work in a studious environment. There is the benefit of being with their friends, but also having sessions run by their teachers, who give up their time to be here. “Saturday school helps with boosting grades 
above what students might expect to achieve. It allows them to challenge themselves outside of the usual school timetable and shows
we are here to support students, no matter what time of day.”As well as revision sessions for Year 11, occasional themed sessions are held, such as an A-level focus Saturdayfor sixth formers. Ms Palmer said: “Our students really do want to learn; they get up early on a Saturday and are focused and enthusiastic. They know that by giving that bit extra they may just move up a grade.”

As an extra incentive, pizza is ordered for students to enjoy in a break away from traditional lessons.