Summer School

"As I enter a new phase of my life and my circle broadens, I start learning new things.” 
Kapil Dev
SUMMER SCHOOL 2024 - Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th August 

At Kings Langley School, we offer a week of summer school for our New Year 7 students to support their transition into secondary school alongside a series of other events. This is offered to all students and is always in the final week of the summer holidays, so that it leads beautifully into the new school term. The week encompasses a wide range of activities which have been organised to address and fulfil our planned intentions. 

We have a broad set of intentions and aims to cover and achieve from students’ well-being to embracing the school’s ethos and culture. The key intentions are:

  • For students to enjoy their first experiences at Kings Langley School

  • To ensure that students feel safe and comfortable with the staff and inside of the school building

  • To design activities and situations which encourage students to make new friends and build good relationships

  • To share and encourage students to embrace our core values and ethos of character

  • To help give students an understanding of the expectations of KLS school and KLS lessons

  • To identify any key weaknesses of individuals for numeracy and literacy 

We plan a series of activities depending on the numbers of students attending and linking to the specialisms of the staff who are signed up to run the week. Our primary foci are to ensure that students feel comfortable entering a much larger building; can confidently find their way around the different areas and build good relationships with staff and their peers, particularly within their form groups. To accomplish these, we include “Getting to know you” activities; team building games and school tours. We put students into friendship groups to begin with and ensure where a sole student comes from a primary school they are introduced to a group of others quickly. We make opportunities within the week for the whole cohort to mix and work in their form groups.

Our programme always includes sporting activities as these enable large groups to work together and encourage good character virtues such as team work; leadership; and kindness. There is an additional session on “The KLS Student” which looks at character traits that we would want a great student to have including stickability; self-regulation and empathy. This activity is designed to be creative and we encourage students to think “outside of the box”; and then present their ideas in small groups.

Students all receive a starter pack which includes the expected standard equipment they need for lessons, and we supply break time snacks and lunch. We encourage students to make their own rolls, which often leads to a learning moment on how to apply butter to bread and can lead to some quite interesting filling combinations! Students also receive a school logoed water bottle to avoid use of plastic cups and starts great recycling and environmental discussions. 

This year the students were treated to the activities of:

  • Pizza and bread making

  • School tour followed up with the school location challenge later in the week

  • Character activities

  • An introduction to our computer systems and platforms

  • Stone painting

  • Plenty of team games and physical activities

  • Reading activities


Initial Summer School Letter 2023

Reminder for Summer School

Summer School Programme 2023


We asked students for feedback and we received some great feedback:

  • Did you feel that the staff made you feel welcome and safe at summer school? 100% Yes

  • Did you make new friends at summer school? 96% Yes

  • Did you feel more confident coming into the school building and finding your way around by the end of summer school? 94% Yes

  • “All the teachers and children made me feel really welcome” B.S.

  • “It was great because all the staff were friendly and the activities were great as well” A.A.

  • “I enjoyed making new friends and I felt much more confident after summer school” F.ML.

  • “It was an amazing experience and I am glad that I went to summer school as now I know where I am going in school.” C.T-N.

  • “It was a great experience. I would do it again if I could. Thank you x” N.Z.

  • “It was really good so if you think about going you definitely should!” I.H.