IT was hats off to youngsters at a Pontefract primary school last week as they celebrated an early move to high school.
Year six students at St Giles’ School donned their caps and gowns at a special graduation assembly to mark the move to the town’s King’s School.
Pupils from the Skinner Lane site have moved to the secondary school three weeks ahead of schedule to prepare them for the change in curriculum and environment.
Mary Gibbons, St Giles’ headteacher, said: “We really wanted to celebrate our year six leaving. It was fabulous, they looked amazing and parents were delighted.
“It was a very moving experience at the end when we said ‘three cheers for the class of 2012’ and they all threw their hats in the air. It was heart-warming.”
Mrs Gibbons said research showed a drop in attainment during the transition phase and the schools had been working together to make the switch easier for youngsters.
She added that professors from Leeds Metropolitan Universary – who had been working with the school to raise awareness of higher education – awarded the young graduates with certificates on the day.