Supporting Transition

Transitioning from pre-school to school, class to class, primary to secondary school are particularly significant changes for children. Learning about change and how to cope with it will help them with particular transitions and prepare them for many other changes and challenges they will face in life as they grow up and become adults.

Children who attend Copdock School come from a wide range of pre-school providers in the local area. As part of our induction process, Early Years staff visit all local pre-schools to meet the new children and support transition into mainstream school.  In the summer term, we hold five weekly transition sessions following our Teddy Bear Picnic.

We support transition from class to class with children visiting their new class for half a day in the summer term as well as teachers meeting to share information about children and how they are best supported.

Throughout KS2 and especially during the final year at our schools, pupils visit East Bergholt High School in preparation for secondary education. The new Head of Year visits children at school to talk to them about starting high school.  Whilst most children transfer to East Bergholt High School, some have continued their learning at Claydon High School, Holbrook Academy, Colchester Grammar or Independent Schools. Staff prepare children in good time for this transfer and support parents to make informed choices about the best school for their child.

Please click on the files below to find out more about how you can help your child to cope with change.

This animation is aimed at supporting pupils who will be preparing to transition to secondary school later in the year (Years 6). It was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts. The animation aims to support pupils to:

  • Identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school
  • Know they're not alone if they are feeling worried 
  • Talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns
  • Identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health, including self-care

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Bentley School's Christian Ethos

"Know that I am with you always," Matthew 28:20 We encourage the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the school family by embedding Christian values into everyday life. Our vision is for all children to be confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens who are well equipped for future life, knowing that God is with them always.