We believe that the most important skills children need to develop are those of an enthusiasm for learning, independence, emotional intelligence, self confidence and self discipline.
We work hard to develop these skills and give the Year 6 children a number of responsibilities such as leading the school forum, working with younger children, being librarians and other smaller daily tasks to help them develop these skills.
We establish links with all secondary schools to which children transfer. Obviously they all have different systems for helping children with transition but we ensure that we participate fully in any linking opportunities and encourage the receiving schools to come and visit children at Annan wherever possible.
Children in Elder Class go on a residential trip to an outdoor pursuits centre and take part in a range of exciting activities such as climbing, canoeing, hiking, sledging and so on. They also get the opportunity to take part in a “Moving On” parade with other local schools. This involves a carnival procession through the streets and a party in the park afterwards with other Year 6 children in the county.
At Annan we don’t do formal SATs testing but we do keep very detailed assessment records. In the summer term of Year 6 we do give children the opportunity to sit SATs style papers in order to have experience of tests before starting secondary school. However these are done without weeks of preparation and without the pressure experienced by many children in other schools. Children actually enjoy them when they are done in this way. The results are helpful for teachers to see how chidlren’s results under test conditions compare with their own teacher assessments.
At Annan School we believe in educating children to believe in themselves and reach their own unique potential. We value and celebrate each child’s achievements and by setting high standards of achievement and challenge each child can realize their own unique potential.
Meetings with parents of Year 6 children are held both with the class teacher and separately with the Principals. Options are discussed and parents are advised on the procedures and where appropriate the most suitable choice of schools. Parents are supported throughout the process and the school has also supported children applying to selective schools with mock interviews. Where parents choose to use a tutor for example when preparing for a particular entrance exam the class teacher at Annan liaises with the tutor throughout the process.
To date all children have gained places at their first choice schools both in the maintained sector and at selective independent schools such as Lewes Old Grammar and Brighton College where a number have been awarded scholarships and bursaries.