We were very fortunate to be able to welcome Mandy Appleyard, Deputy Headteacher, and Laura O’Connor, Lead teacher for Year 6, both from Hampton Hill Juniors, to deliver training for our after school training session on Wednesday. They shared with us the literacy framework used at Key Stage 2 and the high standards of writing and texts that students are exposed to. This was important for our staff to understand, so that we can ensure that students joining us in Year 7 in September continue to work to those high standards set by our primary colleagues. What really resonated was how the strategies used in primary school can be used and developed in a secondary setting. We are also very mindful of the fact that Key Stage 3 should give students the opportunity to develop a real love of learning and discover the subjects that they are keen to take further to GCSE and beyond. It is for this reason that we are going to continue with a 3 year Key stage 3, rather than asking students to make their option choices at the end of Year 8.