Search

Saturday study for Great Yarmouth pupils

PUBLISHED: 09:45 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:58 03 July 2010

YOUNGSTERS in Great Yarmouth are putting in extra hours on their three Rs on Saturdays.

They are students at East Anglia's first supplementary school, a national project run by the right wing social policy think tank Civitas with the aim of increasing skill levels in maths and English.

YOUNGSTERS in Great Yarmouth are putting in extra hours on their three Rs on Saturdays.

They are students at East Anglia's first supplementary school, a national project run by the right wing social policy think tank Civitas with the aim of increasing skill levels in maths and English.

Already running for nine months at the Priory Centre, it will be officially opened and named the David Copperfield School - in recognition of the town's Charles Dickens connection - on a visit on Saturday by Lady Knollys, High Sheriff of Norfolk.

And its early success has already prompted plans for the county's second supplementary school to open in Norwich in April.

Because the independent schools are supported through sponsorship and donations - the Yarmouth one by Norfolk insurance company boss Theodore Agnew - fees can be kept to a minimum.

Dr Jenny Benham, the region's supplementary schools co-ordinator, said: “Because of the low cost, it makes the intensive, one-to-one tuition that we offer accessible to families who could not ordinarily afford independent schools. In Yarmouth parents pay just £9 for a half-term of six three-hour sessions.”

Over the nine months, the Yarmouth class has had a maximum of 13 pupils, aged six to 11, taught by Dr Benham and two other teachers, and also focuses on helping children who maybe struggling at school.

Dr Benham said: “We focus on quality teaching, small class sizes and using no frills, traditional methods. When reading, we work a lot on phonetics and with maths we concentrate on mental arithmetic and basic skills.”

She said the school had already achieved some “remarkable success stories”, highlighting the case of Will Hopkins, 10, whose reading ability had gone up two years in the space of two terms.

Will has dyslexia and dyspraxia and had difficulty in forming letters and writing numbers.

She said: “He has experienced a remarkable improvement and now is really positive and confident he is able to do things.”

Other News

Yesterday, 19:51

Firefighters were called after arcing electrical cables sparked a blaze in a building in Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, 14:57

Another drink-driver has been arrested in Norfolk overnight as police continue their winter drink and drug driving campaign.

Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Yesterday, 09:48

After a soggy start to the weekend retailers are hoping shoppers will venture out in greater numbers today after a slump in footfall on Saturday.

Most Read

Yesterday, 19:51

Firefighters were called after arcing electrical cables sparked a blaze in a building in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:57

Another drink-driver has been arrested in Norfolk overnight as police continue their winter drink and drug driving campaign.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:00

The last of the tiny snails which hold the key to the prospect of the A47 Acle Straight being dualled have finally been moved .

Read more
Friday, December 14, 2018

A “dangerous” arsonist, who risked lives by setting fire to his home in Great Yarmouth, was jailed before for starting two fires at a previous address, a court heard.

Read more
Martin Ivory
Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy