A News story by Julia Benning 4 September 2023

E-ACT Heartlands Academy was chosen to showcase their summer holiday camp out of 300 summer camps!

E-ACT Heartlands Academy was visited by Hannah Streatfield, SRO for the HAF programme from The Department for Education and Councillor Karen McCarthy, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families on Wednesday 30 August 2023, as the academy was chosen out of 300 other camps to showcase their summer holiday camp, Bring it on Brum!

Bring it on Brum! is a programme funded by the Department for Education, designed for families in Birmingham to help children, young people and their parents have fulfilling, active, fun-filled and healthy school holidays. Bring it on Brum! holiday clubs are designed for children who are eligible for free school meals.

Sophia Haughton, Headteacher at E-ACT Heartlands Academy:  “To be recognised by the Department for Education with Hannah Streatfield’s visit is a huge achievement and we look forward to being able to offer more activities like this moving forwards.”

The academy works in partnership with HAF and StreetGames to provide activities during the summer for young people from the local area and transition activities for students going into year 7.

By providing a diverse range of activities, such as mindfulness, anti-bullying, football, food preparation and student leadership activities, it aims to cater to the interests and talents of every participant, ensuring a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.

There were over 100 young people in attendance throughout the summer, with sessions run by Aspiring Young Minds (6-15yrs) and Safe Journey Education (11-15yrs). Young leaders from Safe Journey Education worked alongside young volunteers from Aspiring Young Minds. Both to help sessions run smoothly but also as a means of youth development.