Children leave Annan at eleven. By the time they are ready to leave, our aim is for children to be well equipped academically and personally for the next phase of their education.
We want them to be confident to speak for themselves, listen to others and to have discovered the love of learning. Children are fully prepared for the move onto local state and private schools. We believe that our unique holistic approach in small classes gives children the self-esteem, confidence, skills and enthusiasm for learning which builds a strong foundation for future success and happiness – at secondary school and beyond.
After Annan children go on with confidence to a range of different secondary schools in the local area. Children have won scholarships to Lewes Old Grammar and Brighton College. Others have gained spaces at Bedes, Mayfield Girls, Michael Hall, Skippers Hill Prep and other independent schools further afield. A significant number also go on to local comprehensive schools including Priory, Uckfield Community College, Heathfield, Ringmer and Chailey Schools. All children leaving Annan at Year 6 have been awarded their first choice of school.
We establish links with all secondary schools to which children transfer and participate fully in any linking opportunities they offer as well as encouraging 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 in the summer term and take part in a range of exciting activities such as climbing, canoeing, hiking, archery 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 from the local area.
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.