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MP welcomes summer schools to help disadvantaged youngsters

July 25, 2012 9:48 AM

Six Cambridge schools will be opening their doors this summer to help some of the city's most disadvantaged pupils make the step from primary to secondary school.

The summer schools, designed to help pupils who are in danger of falling behind when moving to a bigger school and more challenging curriculum, have been welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.

Theywill take place at Abbey College, Chesterton Community College, Coleridge Community College, Parkside Community College, The Manor School and Netherhall School.

Launched by Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg, the schools are designed to help youngsters on free school meals and children in care.

Julian said: "We know that moving out of primary school to a bigger school with a wider timetable can be daunting for some children. It knocks their confidence, they start falling behind and often they never catch up again.

"I hope these summer schools will prove invaluable to these children giving them the chance to familiarise themselves with how secondary school works so that we can tackle problems before any damage is done."