Sheffield Springs Academy offers early start for primary pupils

Early Risers at Springs Academy, the year sixes try out the dance studio
Early Risers at Springs Academy, the year sixes try out the dance studio
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Primary pupils are getting a head start with their secondary school education thanks to a Sheffield school.

Year 6 children, aged 10 and 11, from the feeder schools of Sheffield Springs Academy, in Arbourthorne, have been given a chance to settle into their new surroundings before they start at the school in September.

Early Risers at Springs Academy, Louise Grant and Eden Wilcox

Early Risers at Springs Academy, Louise Grant and Eden Wilcox

The Early Risers programme is one of the first of its kind in the city and gives youngsters the chance 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.

Russell Heritage, Springs Academy executive principal, said: “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.”

About 200 children have been taking part in the scheme, supported by their primary school teachers, and have been taking part in a range of activities.

Early Risers at Springs Academy, Grace Akers and Jessica Jones

Early Risers at Springs Academy, Grace Akers and Jessica Jones

These include understanding the timetable, learning about key members of staff, literacy and enterprise events and special themed assemblies.

The new recruits have also been given the chance to take part in its annual sports day and a summer school during the holidays.

A special evening event for parents has also taken place.

The programme started in June and runs until the end of term.