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Transition Project

Hastings, Famously Creative



Local artists have been working with young students in Hastings this week as part of the Famously Hastings initiative.

Kevin Boorman, head of communications & marketing at Hastings Borough Council, explained :- “We’ve been working on our ‘Famously Hastings’ initiative for some time now. One of the areas we are keen to promote is Hastings as a great place to study. We’ve already had successes with the University of Brighton and Sussex Coast College Hastings, and are now working with every year 6 student (10 and 11 years old) as part of their transition from primary school, through the Education Futures Trust here in Hastings.

“Local artists, led by Ed Boxall, are going into every primary school in town to work with students to produce a single piece of work which incorporates art, maths and writing, all related to ‘Famously Hastings’. All students are even being given a Famously Hastings stencil to use, and then keep.

“This work will go with them to their senior school, and show teachers there what level they have reached. A copy of every piece of work will also be displayed on Hastings seafront later this summer.

“I am really grateful to the Education Futures Trust, and all of the schools in Hastings, to let us develop this project. I’m really proud to have grown up in Hastings, and I hope these young people will show that they love the place too.”

Carole Dixon, Chief Executive of the Education Futures Trust, added, “‘The Education Futures Trust is delighted to be working with Hastings Borough Council this year on the primary to secondary transition project, which aims to support a smooth transfer to secondary school for all year 6 children.  The input of the artists, funded by the council, has significantly enriched the opportunities for all of the children. We look forward to seeing the work displayed around the town over the summer.”

And Tsai Tenn, Principal at The Baird, said “The Baird Primary Academy encourages positive transition work to prepare students for secondary education. Students have incorporated local themes in their project work including the Pier, the fishing huts, beach huts and the castle. One commented ‘we all had a fantastic time with Ed and enjoyed the informative workshop’.”

Following the project, we have recieved feedback from the Primary schools involved including:-

‘The artists input was good. Was nice to use a fresh, alternate perspective with the children.’


To view how the Hastings Observer reported on the project, please click here