Portsmouth pupils to get extra lessons in summer

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A NATIONWIDE initiative will allow pupils to attend nine Portsmouth schools during the summer.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has hailed the measure, which was championed by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, for giving students a ‘flying start’ when they move from primary to secondary schools.

The local schools affected are Admiral Lord Nelson, King Richard, Mayfield, Miltoncross, Priory, St Edmonds, City of Portsmouth Girls’, City of Portsmouth Boys’, and Harbour School in Tipner.

It will mean pupils vulnerable to falling behind, such as those on free school meals or looked-after children, will benefit from extra lessons from July to August.

Mr Hancock said: ‘These summer schools can be the key to a child’s success in later life.

‘The step from primary to secondary school can be a really daunting one for many children. If your confidence is knocked back at this stage, it is difficult to recover as a child progresses through the school.’