Early new starters

Dyke House Sports & Technology College teachers Vicky Palmer (rear) and Anita Fishburn reading with Year 7 pupils
Dyke House Sports & Technology College teachers Vicky Palmer (rear) and Anita Fishburn reading with Year 7 pupils

A REVAMPED school’s newest pupils are coming in extra early each day to improve their reading.

Year 7 children at Dyke House Sports & Technology College are going into the Mapleton Road school at 8am for extra lessons.

Working in groups of eight to 10 to one member of staff, they are doing half-an-hour sessions before their first classes of the day start.

Older pupils are also providing a helping hand as Year 9 and Year 10 children are designated “literacy leaders” and come in at dawn to give encouragement and support.

Headteacher Andrew Jordon said: “We are now trying to develop the reading in Year 7. It is about creating a culture of literacy in the school.

“Reading has been an issue in Hartlepool and throughout the whole of the North-East but people are doing all they can for children to reach their maximum potential.

“Every morning children are reading for personal improvement and understanding. They are also reading to become more creative with text.”

Pupils have only recently been able to go into the new-look school as it was recently given a £12.4m make-over.

It was the only school in Hartlepool to be modernised under the Government’s Building Schools for the Future scheme after hundreds of projects were shelved by the new Government.

Pupils from the school had been attending lessons at the former Brierton School site while work was carried out.

The Dyke House revamp included a new main entrance, a wider range of learning spaces, a revamped school hall and new science suites.