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Flying start for pupils

Primary school children who will be moving up to St Hild's in September have been spending time at the school to help them get used to it.

Primary school children who will be moving up to St Hild's in September have been spending time at the school to help them get used to it.

DOZENS of pupils took part in an event to mark the end of a two-week induction designed to give them the best start possible at a secondary school.

Hartlepool children got involved in a range of team-building activities as part an Enterprise Day at St Hild’s Church of England School, in King Oswy Drive, in the town.

The event was the culmination of a “transition fortnight” involving Year 6 pupils from “feeder” primary schools and others who have opted to move to St Hild’s in September.

Lee Morgan, a year manager at St Hild’s and organiser of the transition initiative, said: “We have always had an element of transition for Year 6 pupils preparing to make the step-up to secondary school but this is the first time we have done it for a full two weeks.”

For the first week, pupils followed the school’s academic timetable and went to normal lessons to experience being a St Hild’s student, learn about the school’s expectations and get to know staff.

During the second week, they took part in a series of fun events and activities, including a Bastille Day event - a carousel of French-related activities, an engineering day, sports day and the Enterprise Day which was supported by Bright Futures, an external agency that the school has previously worked with.

Mr Morgan added: “The whole fortnight has gone really well and, hopefully, we will have given the pupils more confidence for September and tackled any anxieties that they might have had.

“The aim is to get off to a flying start in September.”

The two-week transition initiative was run as a pilot scheme but its success means that it is now set to become the norm in future years.

 

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