On Monday 17th July, Newcastle Academy and United Endeavour Trust, successfully introduced their first Primary Futures Event for Year 5 pupils, kindly hosted by Stoke Sixth Form College in their state of the art facilities.

The event was designed to start Year 5 children thinking about how their futures could be determined by the choices they make, as they start their final year at primary school, and to develop the collaboration between primary schools, our secondary academies, and sixth form providers.

As well as the importance of doing as well as they can academically, pupils were asked to consider their own strengths and attributes, their interests and desires. Teachers from Newcastle Academy and Clayton Hall Academy ran a variety of workshops including: ‘Dress to Impress’, Design a Futuristic Product and present your ideas ‘Dragons Den’ style,’Memory Challenges’, ‘What Kind of Animal Are You?’ and ‘What do you Dream of Achieving?’ Throughout the day the Year 5 pupils were supported by Yr 7 and 8 mentors from Newcastle Academy, and student ambassadors from Stoke Sixth Form College.

Stoke City Community Trust ran outdoor activity sessions playing games encouraging healthy, active lifestyles using the extensive all weather pitches at Staffordshire University on the adjacent campus. Stoke Sixth Form College made their premises available so the pupils could experience the type of environment open to them as they aspire to follow different paths after school.  The day started and finished with an assembly in the Refectory at which the Principal of Stoke Sixth Form College welcomed the children and discussed some aspects of college life, whilst Principal Tim Rogers of Newcastle Academy talked about secondary school.

Everyone of the pupils took part with enthusiasm and a real spirit of adventure, and they were all a credit to their schools, Langdale Primary, Seabridge Primary, and Knutton St. Mary’s.  We intend to continue this success and develop this as an annual event, bigger and better each year.