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Transition to Secondary

Secondary School Applications for 2025/2026 are made via Essex County Council. 

Applications for the next academic year open in September 2024 and can be made online via the ECC website:

Applications close 31st October 2024

Secondary school place offers for all on time applicants will be posted on 1st March 2025.

 on 1st March 2025 emails for online applicants will be sent regarding offers.

From 1st March 2025, if you applied online, you can log into your account to see your allocation. 




Dear parents, carers and Year 6 pupils,


Welcome to our new secondary school transition page!


Moving to secondary school is an exciting time for Year 6 pupils who are now beginning to feel ready to become more independent, make new friends, experience new learning opportunities, develop more skills and take on more responsibility, but it can also be a time of apprehension, anxiety as everything is new, bigger and different.


To support pupils and parents with any anxiety regarding the transition process, we have gathered together a range of links to books, articles and research around a range of topics including how to support your child to develop organisational skills necessary for successful transition, build resilience to manage change and challenge, and support for parents whose child has a Special Educational Need. You will also find some useful links below aimed at children, which would be useful for Year 6 pupils to read, reflect on and discuss with their parents in their own time. 


We very much hope this is useful to you in managing this transition, 


Yours sincerely, 

Miss K Johnson

Head Teacher


A good place to start is this Power Point of Top Tips:

Moving On… Top tips for pupils moving on to secondary school 



Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids 


Building Resilience in Children – 20 Practical, Powerful Strategies 


Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers 




Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide – Matthew Burton 


My Awesome Guide to Getting Good at Stuff: World Book Day 2020 - Matthew Syed 


Transition from Primary to Secondary School: Key things Parents need to discuss with their children – Trisha M Samuel 


Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings - Kenneth R. Ginsburg


Academic Research: 


Project Zero’s Thinking Routine Toolbox 


Center on the Developing Child - Resilience


Identifying factors that predict successful and difficult transitions to secondary school  


Transition from Primary to Secondary (from NZ but very relevant) Kindness Tolerance Respect Excellence 


SEN Focused Resources: 


Moving on to secondary school 


Moving On… Suggestions for busy families with a child with special educational needs moving on to secondary school. 


For Children: 


Don’t Worry, Be Happy: A Child's Guide to Overcome Anxiety 


Improving Self Esteem: Kids Health – Your child’s self-esteem 


Today’s Parent - 11 tips on building self-esteem in children 

Young Minds – Supporting Your Child’s Self-Esteem

January Ofsted Inspection 2023 Good with Outstanding "Pupils flourish in this happy, harmonious junior school. They enjoy a wealth of opportunities to develop their talents and interests."