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Youngsters from Walsall have been getting ready for secondary school with the help of Midlands landlord whg.

The group of 23 11 and 12-year-olds enjoyed a three night residential at outdoor education centre Standon Bowers, in Staffordshire, as part of Get Out Go Wild, a project to help pupils prepare for the move to secondary school.

The summer school programme, which was run by whg in partnership with Walsall Council, saw the youngsters take part in a fun-packed few days of activities, including caving, rock climbing, kayaking and the high ropes.

whg’s Community Health Manager Craig Mortiboys said: “The transition from primary to secondary school can be daunting for anyone.

 “This scheme helps those who may need extra support feel more confident about their move to a new, much larger, school and gives them the skills they need to form new friendships and learn how to get on with others.

“The kids had a great time and the feedback has been great. For many this was their first time away from home, so it was a great way for them to become more independent and resilient and have fun with new people.”  

The programme is now in its third year, with the pupils who take part put forward by local schools.