Hartlepool pupils get a taste of life at big school

Year 6 pupils during their visit to Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Year 6 pupils during their visit to Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Almost 150 pupils have taken part in a two-week initiative that aims to ensure they get off to a flying start at secondary school.

Year 6 children from 13 primary schools across Hartlepool spent two weeks at St Hild’s Church of England School as part of its annual “transition fortnight”.

The move to a big secondary school can be a bit daunting for some Year 6 pupils, and we think this initiative is a good way of tackling some of their anxieties.

Suzanne Sotheran, head of Year 7

The initiative, which began last year as a pilot project, aims to give pupils an insight into secondary school life ahead of the new academic year in September.

Organiser and head of Year 7 Suzanne Sotheran, said: “The aim is to boost pupils’ confidence by giving them a chance to familiarise themselves with their new school, meet staff and experience a standard Year 7 timetable.

“The move to a big secondary school can be a bit daunting for some Year 6 pupils, and we think this initiative is a good way of tackling some of their anxieties.”

Pupils from Clavering, Barnard Grove, West View, St Helen’s, Greatham, Hart, Jesmond Gardens, Rossmere St Cuthbert’s, St Joseph’s, Throston, Ward Jackson and West Park primaries all took part in the transition fortnight.

As well as experiencing lessons at St Hild’s, they visited Teesside University, where they took part in activities to help them understand the importance of a good education.

They also went to Hartlepool College of Further Education, where they took part in half-hour interactive activities in aerospace, health and social care, construction, sport, engineering, motor vehicle maintenance and art.

St Hild’s headteacher Penny Barker said: “We are really grateful to all the primary school headteachers for allowing pupils to get involved in our extended transition period.

“All the pupils got involved in activities with skill and enthusiasm, and they were a credit to themselves and their schools.

“I would also like to thank Hartlepool College of Further Education and Teesside University for allowing us to visit and helping us to provide such a varied and interesting programme.”