Art date to boost grades...

Art teacher Dave Reidy with, from left, Shaun Fecitt, Megan Holland and Tia Watts.
Art teacher Dave Reidy with, from left, Shaun Fecitt, Megan Holland and Tia Watts.
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NOT all schoolchildren ran for the hills when the school bell rang for half term holidays.

Studious youngsters at Bispham High School Arts College were back in class last week putting in extra hours towards their GCSEs.

Teachers at the school on Bispham Road gave up part of their half-term break to help tutor Year 11 pupils in maths, science, art and dance.

Tia Watts, from North Shore, worked on her coursework in extra art classes, as well as having additional maths tuition.

The 16-year-old said: “I was quite keen to go because one of the teachers is not usually here so I was interested to see what he could show us, he gave us ideas. I went to maths too because they make sure you’re certain of everything so you’re ready for the exam.”

Local artists Dave Jenkinson and Kerry McMinn, and Dave Reidy, former head of art at St Bede’s Catholic High School in Lytham, were brought in to give guidance for coursework for four days.

John Topping, deputy headteacher, said: “The time given over this half term will hopefully take our youngsters to those higher levels of attainment.”

A dozen pupils attended the art sessions while more took up offers of extra help in the three other subjects.

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