Summer Schools

The Pupil Premium Summer Schools Programme 2015 

Sadly pupil premium funding for summer schools in the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 was withdrawn at the end of the coalition government.

If you are interested in a summer school please contact us as we loved delivering these and they received a good response. For now this page is mainly left online as a reminder of some great work.

100% of participants reported increased confidence
— Post summer school survey, August 2014
This summer school has helped my child to be more confident, to know where she is coming for secondary school and to feel relaxed about resuming school.
— Parent feedback, August 2014
100% of participants reported that the Summer School assisted their transition to Year 7.
— Post summer school survey, August 2014

West End in Schools provides inspiring summer schools for transitioning Year 6 to 7 students using drama to improve communication schools, promote friend-making, and help nervous students become eager to begin their first term in Year 7.

We can customise the workshop to suit your needs - perhaps to tie in with a creative writing project for example.

Play the trailer to find out more.

A West End Summer School

We will agree the programme with you, but a typical one week or two week summer school would entail the creation of either:

  • a devised piece of theatre, inspired by and created by the students telling their own stories.


  • a devised piece of theatre, inspired and created by the students who begin by exploring a Shakespeare play and use its themes as their starting point.

The summer school ends with a performance to the students' families, which helps make them feel a part of the school community before the beginning of term.

The work will involve the vast majority of students in performing. Those less interested in performing can participate through design and technical activities.

Previously we have used a staffing ratio of one facilitator to every eight students actually attending, plus one member of school teaching staff available and on call on site.

Our experience is that around 60% of the eligible children attend, which matches the national average, but obviously there will be local differences, and staffing levels will be agreed with you once you have received the expressions of interest.

Enhancing Attendance

We are happy to explore mounting a drama taster day or afternoon during the summer term made available to the eligible students.

The engagement we receive from participating young people, and their resulting excitement and pleasure, indicates to us that such a taster day would increase the proportion of students who sign up to the summer school with the benefits that brings for a good start to Year 7.

More Information

To enquire further please call us on 020 7395 7520, email

It's helpful, but not necessary, to have an idea of the number of eligible students.

Fully Funded by the DfE

Schools receive either £250 or £500 guaranteed funding for each signed up pupil for either a one or two week summer school respectively.

The funding is based on the commitment to attend, enabling schools to budget their summer schools effectively.

How to Budget your Summer School

Your DfE funding will be dependent on the number of eligible students that agree to attend. Because we have a flexible team of facilitators we can, once a booking is confirmed, leave finalising the exact number of staff required until after your budget has been confirmed ensuring that your costs and ours come in on budget.

Don't Miss Out on Your Share of £50m from the DfE

Application deadline: 29 May 2015

Worryingly 50% of the schools that contacted us last year were not aware of the guaranteed funding available from DfE.

Schools that take part will be allocated £250 per eligible student (for a one week summer school) or £500 per eligible student (for a two week summer school).  The programme is not competitive: all eligible schools that apply on time will be allocated funding.

Eligible students are those who are or have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (FSM & Ever6) and pupils who have been looked after for a day or more by the local authority (LAC) or were previously looked after and left care through being adopted on or after 30 December 2005; under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005; or under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.