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Colchester Academy

Year 6 Transition

We look forward to welcoming the 2020 intake students, please watch this page for announcements and updates.


Tips for families supporting the transition from primary to secondary school

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

One of the most valuable things a family can do to support a young person within their home transitioning from primary to secondary school is to talk to them about how they are feeling and to really listen whenever; however, they express how they are feeling. For example:

  • Take the time to acknowledge that the upcoming change will inevitably trigger lots of different emotions (worries, excitement, fear, loss) and that these can be expressed in many different ways. Identify opportunities to ‘check in’ with your child about how they are feeling, and help them to name and understand that feeling so they can feel connected, safe and validated at a time of potential anxiety.
  • Take time as a family to talk about the things you are all looking forward to as part of this upcoming adventure. It may highlight positive aspects for everyone that hadn’t yet been considered. But also, talk together about your worries. Knowing that they are not alone in any concerns they have, or indeed working together to build some support structure around their fears will build resilience to change.

Finally, where possible and safe to do so, find an opportunity to connect with another young person or family that are going through the same as you. It will help the first day at their new school feel less daunting!


If you need any support regarding a young person who is worried or anxious about their transition from primary to secondary school, please contact us.




We’re going to read you a spooky story! The trouble is that this story doesn’t have an ending yet…so it’s up to you to finish it off! Once you’ve finished reading and listening to the story, we’d like you to write us an ending to the story. You can make it funny, spooky or action-packed – it’s up to you!


We also have some other fun activities for you to try if writing isn’t your thing – we’d love to see what you come up with!

Can't view the Video? Click here for the PDF version.

Please send all entries to with the subject ‘Primary Competition’ (This helps me not to lose your emails!)


Questions and AnSWERS Podcast - 30 June 2020

NEW: Available to watch now

Weekly sessions for Students

To support your student's work completing their Transition Workbook we will be uploading each session under the student's section of our website. We suggest they complete one session and one activity each week. They will need to bring their completed Transition Workbook when they join us in September.
These resources have been created to prepare Year 6 pupils for the transition to secondary school. The lessons are based on the books You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed and Go Big by Matthew Burton. Each session will take pupils through some big ideas to help them on their way to secondary school. 

Year 6 Transition For SEND Students Video


How are we Doing?

Obviously these are unprecedented times and we are having to find new ways of engaging with parents, carers and students. In order to help us ensure that we are supporting and providing you with the information you need please could assist us by providing some feedback through the short questionnaire below.


Live Stream Q&A - Monday 8 June 2020

The recording of the live stream Q&A session for parents, carers and students joining Colchester Academy in September 2020 is now available


 If you have any further questions please email

Virtual Induction Presentation

We have put together a short presentation detailing some important information about joining Colchester Academy 

Click here to view the presentation

Virtual Induction Video