Ripley pupils get a taste of secondary school

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More than 50 primary school pupils were given a taste of life at The Ripley Academy.

Year five pupils from Ripley Junior School were invited to spend a day at The Ripley Academy in order to ease transition from primary to secondary school.

They were given the opportunity to create wooden keyrings before making gingerbread and having a computer science lesson.

Chris Endacott, assistant principal at The Ripley Academy, said the aim of the day was to show primary pupils what to expect when they make the move into secondary education.

He said: “The move from primary to secondary school can be a little daunting so we hope that by inviting Year 5 in we can pave the way for a smooth transition.

“We give the pupils a taste of what they can expect if they come to The Ripley Academy and they also get to see the kind of facilities that we have here.

“The children were very enthusiastic and loved the hands-on experience that we gave them and we hope to see them back here in the future.”

Niamh Sims, nine, said it was good to be given this experience.

She said: “It’s nice to come and see the school like this. I think it’s the thought of coming to big school that’s scary when actually it’s not.

“It’s good to see where everything is and it makes me think that going to secondary school will be fine.”

Tyler Richmond, 10, said he enjoyed making the keyrings.

He said: “It’s been really fun coming here and not scary at all.

“I liked making the keyrings and the gingerbread and seeing all the design technology and cooking equipment there is.”

Aimee Clayton, ten, said this was her second visit to The Ripley Academy.

She said: “I came before to a sports event so this is my second time here.

“It’s been a lot of fun. We cooked the gingerbread in a massive kitchen and we don’t have that kind of thing at primary school so it was good to see.

“I’m looking forward to finding out what we will be doing in computer science too.”