Sheffield Springs Academy offers early start for primary pupils
Year Six primary school pupils are getting a head start with their secondary education, thanks to the ‘Early Risers’ programme launched by Sheffield Springs Academy.
Running from 29th June until the end of the summer term, the new initiative – one of the first of its kind in the Sheffield area - gives the incoming Year 7s the opportunity to start academy life early, helping them to acclimatise to their new environment, make new friends and dispel any worries about moving up to a new school.
Supported by their primary school teachers, around 200 children will descend on the Hurlfield Road based school, taking part in a range of activities designed to integrate them into academy life, including:
- Understanding the timetable
- ‘Who’s who’ – learning about key members of staff, what they look like and where they can be found
- Literacy and Enterprise events
- Special themed assemblies including ‘progress’ and ‘standards and expectations’
In addition, the academy will give its new recruits the chance to take part in its annual sports day, with a special evening event for the parents of the new arrivals on Monday 29th June (6pm-7pm) and a summer school held for the same primary students during the holidays.
Commented Sheffield Springs Academy’s Executive Principal Russell Heritage:
“Each year we often hear from both parents and children who have worries or concerns about the move from primary to secondary education. Our new ‘Early Risers’ programme is designed to address these issues directly, helping our new students adjust to the academy environment and enabling them to really hit the ground running when the academic year starts in September.”