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Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

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Transition to Secondary School

Secondary School Transition

Moving onto secondary school is always an enormous change for children.  During year 6 we help the children to develop their independent skills, and routines so that they are ready for transition.  Time management skills and increased responsibility with involvement in the running of the school eg: School Council, Sports Ambassadors, Play leaders and Peer Mediators. We run a workshop for parents during which we discuss all elements of transition. In class the children have many opportunities to discuss transition.  Past pupils visit to share their experiences.  Holy Family staff liaise closely with secondary schools to allow them to get to know their new intake.  For pupils with particular needs extra visits are arranged. We end our time together with a special Leavers' Mass which celebrates the children's time at Holy Family, and also offers prayers for their happy and successful future education and life.


As a Catholic Primary School many of our children move onto St John Payne Catholic School in Chelmsford.


St John Payne Catholic School

Patching Hall Lane,


Essex CM1 4BS

Telephone: 01245 352337



St John Payne Catholic School Website

Some of our children choose to go to school in Witham to one of the secondary academies.


Maltings Academy


New Rickstone's Academy


Other secondary schools that some of our children have gone to include:

Anglo European School, Ingatestone


King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

St. Benedict's Catholic College, Colchester


Chelmsford County High School for Girls


Colchester Grammar for Girls


Colchester Royal Grammar School