Talented pupils prove class in project

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A GROUP of talented young students have had their work showcased as part of a special project to help with their transition from primary to secondary school.

The celebration event, organised by the Education Futures Trust, saw the culmination of a year’s collaboration by local schools in Hastings, St Leonards and the surrounding area last Friday at St Leonards Academy.

The Trust asked schools to design a project to support the transition of from year six to seven. Each year six student created their vision of Famously Hastings, so that they could showcase their ‘best’ work during the three days of transition at their new secondary school. The project was enriched by Hastings Borough Council which funded workshops by local artists, Ed Boxall and Rebecca Childs, on the theme of Famously Hastings. The best 10 entries from each secondary school were displayed last Friday with the judges Hastings Amber Rudd MP, Cllr Jeremy Birch and Keith Ridley, Editor in Chief of the Observer, choosing the best design.

Molly Vint from Little Ridge Community Primary School, took first place, with Felicity Stewart, also from Little Ridge taking second place. Molly’s prize is to have to tea with the Mayor, courtesy of Hastings Borough Council. The four runners up were chosen by the judges were Yanek Bartlett from St Paul’s CE School, Louise Meadows from Sandown CP School, Nathan Vennall from Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary School and Abbey Spencer from St Leonards CE School.

Ms Rudd said: “It was an honour to be invited by The Trust to be one of the judges of the transition entries for year 6 students preparing to transfer to secondary schools. The 40 entries combining maths, English and art selected for judging were colourful, thought-provoking and creative. It was a delight to see such a high standard achieved, and it was a privilege to be part of the process that chose the runners-up.” All the entries will be displayed along Hastings Pier during the summer