Portsmouth pupils perform play to allay fears of secondary school jump

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TALENTED drama students wrote and performed a play about the move from primary to secondary school for an audience of junior school pupils.

Thirty Year 10 students at Mayfield School in North End, who have all sat their drama GCSEs a year early, acted out the play to a hall filled with 120 Lyndhurst Junior youngsters – many of whom will be joining them in September.

Gary Appleton, assistant head, said: ‘I’m incredibly proud of our students for making such a thoughtful and welcoming gesture.

‘The feedback from the junior school was fantastic.

‘There are naturally a lot of nerves when children make the transition from primary to secondary school, but the play went a long way to address the important issues and put their minds at rest.

‘Inviting the junior school to watch the play also gave us the opportunity to show them around our school and answer any questions they had.’

Mayfield students will be performing a second time to Newbridge Juniors, also a feeder primary.