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Year 6 pupils from across UCAT graduate with the University of Chester - 21/06/2018

The achievements of Year 6 pupils from across the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) throughout their time at primary school were celebrated at a special graduation ceremony.

Tuesday, June 12 marked the end of an era for pupils from University Church Free School (UCFS), University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) and University Primary Academy Weaverham (UPAW) as they attended their farewell graduation ceremony at the University of Chester.

The day began with a performance from the educational theatre group ‘2Engage’, who deliver a range of interactive arts-based projects. The pupils watched a performance called Moving Up, a play that follows the journey of two primary school leavers who are about to embark on the next steps from primary school to secondary school. The performance aimed to settle some of the anxiety pupils may feel when starting high school, as well as dispelling myths along the way.

Pupils were then given the opportunity to hear from University students themselves as they took part in a student-led campus tour. The tour was designed to give pupils an insight into the life at the University of Chester and allowed pupils to ask important questions about studying, accommodation and the on-site facilities available to the students.

To celebrate the festivities of the day, pupils worked with the University’s Outreach Team where they were tasked to create their own graduation mortarboard using their own interests and career aspirations. Pupils also had the opportunity to discuss life at university and explored a range of career choices that require a university graduate degree.

The children also took part in a Pathways workshop, an engaging session that focused on a pupil’s timetable in secondary school. Pupils were given a school timetable where they were tasked to find their lesson before exploring a range of exciting subjects including Modern Languages, Geography, English, Mathematics and Science.

The graduation ceremony took place during the afternoon where pupils dressed in their cap and gown to receive their certificates in front of their parents, families and teachers. The ceremony opened with a welcome from David Cumberland, Chief Executive Officer for UCAT, before receiving their certificates and having their individual graduation photographs taken.

Mr Farrington, Principal at UCFS, said: “The Graduation day provided a brilliant opportunity for the children to have a taste of University life.  They were delighted to visit the main campus of the University of Chester and the day left them inspired and motivated.”

Ruby, Year 6 pupil at UCFS said: “I really enjoyed being part of the Year 6 graduation day at Chester University. I particularly liked having the opportunity to wear graduation robes and a mortarboard just like a real graduate would wear. I also loved the challenge of the math and science activities we took part in

Mrs Maxfield, Teacher at UPAK, said: “This was a great day for the children to take part in. It inspired a number of children to think about their futures and the steps they need to out into place to reach them. We encourage all of the children to reach for the stars.”

Kyle, Year 6 pupil at UPAK, said: "I thought it was a great day. This trip has got everyone to think about the future jobs they could have when they leave school. We all learnt what a mortarboard was and I was fascinated by how big the campus was and what there was there. There are lots of opportunities!"

Miss Armstrong, KS2 Leader at UPAW said: “The children were given an opportunity to experience a day at university and discover what university life is all about. They particularly enjoyed wearing their caps and gowns during the ceremony.”

Luke, Year 6 pupil at UPAK said: “It was fun throwing the mortar boards in the air and we all had a really great day!”