PUPILS from a Southampton school had their own graduation ceremony at Solent University.

Year seven pupils from Woodland Community College joined Solent University for the celebratory event after they completed their passport programme.

The programme helps pupils transition from primary to secondary school.

Solent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin said at the event: “We understand that a smooth, positive and exciting transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is crucial to the start of each child’s secondary education.

“The aim of our Passport Programme is to help every participating pupil move up to secondary school feeling excited, confident and cared for.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the achievements of those Year 7 pupils from Woodlands Community College on their successful transition from primary to secondary school.”

The passport programme covers a range of workshops and focuses on supporting pupils.

It also helps then to develop new friendships, improve self-esteem and confidence, settle well in life in their new school.

It is hoped that this will reduce parental concern and help the children get used to their new routines and school organisation with ease.

Lizzie Westley, year seven teacher from Woodlands Community College said: “It has been an excellent experience for the Year 6 students to aid their transition into Secondary school.

They all seem much more confident and reassured. It was also a great opportunity for our prefects to work with outside agencies and University students.