Sherriff visits Bulwell schools’ big science sleepover

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Pupils from Bulwell primary schools enjoyed an overnight science camp at Bulwell Academy before the spring break.

Over 150 children from Years 3 and 4 slept in the grounds of the Academy as part of a residential learningprogramme.

The youngsters came from six schools in the Bulwell EAZ educational improvement partnership.

It was the fourth year that the camp had been run at the Academy.

The project is intended to help primary puplis prepare for the step up to secondary level, and build their confidence, self-esteem and independence.This year’s camp linked up with Nottingham’s Festival of Science. Chilren enjoyed a host of themed activities including an environmental workshop at Bulwell Hall Park run by Bulwell Community Toy Library and a busking session run by the Ignite team.

As an Enterprise specialist, Bulwell Academy encourages its own students to take leadship responsibilities, so a bold group of Year 10s joined in the camp to help run activities and provide support to the young visitors.

This year was made extra special with a visit from the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Jackie Morris, who came for supper with the children and presented the Year 10 leaders with certificates and thanks for their part in the success of the camp.

Bulwell EAZ provided all the camping equipment and meals, all the children need to bring was a teddy bear and pillow making the camp affordable and accessible to all.

The residential programme also provides for overnight adventures at Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey. It is one of a number of measures introduced by the EAZ to encourage cooperation and investment in shared outcomes across the seven schools.

Bulwell Academy received encouraging news last month after a visit from Ofsted inspectors, who said the school was making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.