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Primary pupils get a taste of sixth form life

Published on 11/03/16

Primary school pupils from Gorleston have been given a taste of life at Norfolk's top sixth form.

Children from Stradbroke Primary Academy spent the day at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich, where they worked with teachers and students on maths problems.

The 11 pupils had the chance to tour the impressive building - set in the former fire station on Bethel Street - as well as experiencing the top level teaching and a maths challenge race.

The visit last month was aimed at helping Stradbroke's highest performing students do even better - last year the academy recorded its highest ever level of pupils gaining good skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Stradbroke Primary Academy principal Stephen Astley said: "Visiting a sixth form was a great experience for our pupils, especially one in such a great location. It really helps them broaden their horizons and develop their maths skills."

Sir Isaac Newton head of sixth form Rebecca Handley-Kirk said: "Our year 12 students really enjoyed the chance to mentor these younger pupils, and it's a good opportunity for them to develop their communication skills and think about maths problems from a different perspective."

Sir Isaac is a maths and science specialist sixth form, and a lead partner in the Norfolk and Suffolk Maths Hub.

Its students picked up Norfolk's highest average A Level points score for a free-to-attend sixth form last August.