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A PIONEERING scheme to introduce primary school-leavers to their secondary school has been hailed a success in Paulsgrove.

Adam Dare, head of King Richard School, said he was delighted to see his new year sevens settling in brilliantly in their first week of the academic year.

In July, the school opened its doors to more than 100 primary schoolchildren due to join in September.

Youngsters from Paulsgrove, Portsdown, Victory, Medina and St Paul’s primaries had the opportunity to become acquainted with their new surroundings and even sampled lessons across the whole curriculum.

Mr Dare said: ‘Our new students have settled in well. We will definitely be doing it again next July.’