A News story by Radhika Sharma 7 July 2021

For the first time ever, Year 6 pupils across our primary academies will be celebrating their graduation from primary school ready for their big leap into secondary education. Due to lockdown restrictions in 2020, we couldn’t give our Year 6 pupils the goodbye celebrations they deserved, so this year we wanted to ensure they leave with a proper celebration.

To make the occasion even more memorable, the E-ACT Graduation Project has been developed so pupils can work together to help their local community and raise as much money as possible for a chosen charity.

Having been divided into small groups, every Year 6 group across the trust decided on a business idea and was given £20 to get them started. This could be anything from cake sales to jewellery making or even t-shirt design and print.

At DSLV, the first E-ACT academy to host graduations this year, Year 6 pupils organised a small fete. The group that raised the most money sold friendship bracelets and set up a target zone station, using nerf guns to knock down a stack of cups. In total, Year 6 pupils at DSLV raised a fantastic £316 and they chose for the funds to go to the children’s wards at Northampton General Hospital.

To celebrate the wider Graduation Project, a special ceremony will be held in each academy until mid-July. All graduates will be awarded their prizes by a member of E-ACT’s Executive Leadership Team.

Congratulations to all of our Year 6 graduates! All the best for your next adventure!