A summer school providing activities for East London teenagers during the school holidays has moved its programme online this year.
The classes organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation will start on July 27 and take place every week until the end of August.
Designed for teenagers aged 12–17 living in living in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest, the free classes will be filled with creative, tech and design activities such as talks and tutorials on filmmaking, computer gaming, fashion and dance.
East Summer School offers both one-off classes and full-week courses. The school encourages its students to meet new people online and have fun. One of last year’s students told Eastlondonlines “I had a good time in the classes last year. It was great to meet new people and I learned a lot of new things.”
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are the hosts of the summer school. In previous years, they held the sessions in and around the park and are working with LLDC to create the activities for the teenagers this year.
The Park said in a statment: “We know that the world is a very strange place at the moment and we’re all spending more time at home. All this extra time we have is perfect to learn some new and exciting skills, no matter your ability.”
Last year, the sessions were a lot more hands-on with a variety of workshops and sessions taking place on campus. This year, the courses are packed with unique and interactive experiences they can enjoy.
A number of world-class institutions will be working with local young people as part of the programme. These include the BBC, University College London, University of the Arts London’s College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells and the V&A All will now have affiliations with east London as they will be moving some of their operations to East Bank, a new cultural and educational district being built in the park.
Register here, if you would like to take part in this year’s East Summer School.