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Small and friendly sums up school's appeal for students

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 21, 2013

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The Journal will be speaking to Year 6 primary school pupils from across North Devon to find out how they feel about going to "big school" and what they want to be when they get older. This week we speak to Year 6 from Parkham Primary School.

PUPILS in their last year at Parkham Primary School believe the smallness of their school and the friendly teachers are the best bits.

The Year 6 pupils will soon be moving on to secondary school, with the majority going on to Bideford College and Great Torrington School.

In total there are 10 Year 6 pupils at Parkham, which is a federated primary school with Buckland Brewer Primary School.

Georgina Baldwin, 10, said she most liked doing art at the school, particularly painting and hoped to do more when she moved on.

Emily Sergeant, 10, added: "Probably the best thing about the school is the smallness, but I am looking forward to doing more subjects at Torrington."

Holly Bromell, 10, said: "I will miss my friends the most when I leave."

Red King, 10, is going on to Route 39 Academy and is looking forward to making new friends.

Cody Pinkombe, 10, said: "All the teachers are really friendly, but I am looking forward to doing specialist subjects at Bideford."

Emma Bromell, 10, said : "I really enjoy using the laptops here and soon we will be using some iPads, but they are not here yet."

The head teacher of both Parkham and Buckland Brewer, Gina Finch, said: "We have a lovely Year 6 group and they are together with Year 5 here.

"Each class is named after birds as we are the Flying Start Federation.

"We try to organise plenty of trips for the pupils such as visits to Beaford Arts.

"We are hoping to extend that menu further."

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