Across the Colchester area there are dozens of people who are doing amazing work with their local Primary School supporting pupils and staff, helping with assemblies and lessons, and contributing to other aspects of school life.

We believe this kind of involvement comes best from the local community and the local church. That’s why our vision is not to deliver primary schools work, but to encourage, resource and support those that are, as well as those that would like to serve their schools this way.

Our Primary Schools Projects Lead, Jo Wood, is here to help with networking and training events, advice on resources and projects for local primary schools and to train and equip groups who want to run prayer spaces in their school.


The Primary Schools Network is a wide group of people working in primary schools as staff or visitors who keep in touch for mutual support, exchange of ideas and sharing of resources. Gatherings are organised as required and we also publish an occasional news update by email. If you would like to receive this please click on the regular news link below.


Bounce is a unique, pupil-centred course, designed to help Year 6 pupils prepare for their transition into adolescence.  Bounce helps with their transfer to secondary school but beyond that, it offers a wide range of reflective ideas and strategies that will challenge students to consider three key question to equip them for adolescence: 

  • Who am I? (Identity)
  • Where do I belong? (Community)
  • Where am I headed? (Destiny)

Prayer Spaces

Would you like to run a prayer space in your local primary school?

The CYO team is able to offer training and advice on how to get started and we have a wide range of tried and tested prayer activities suitable for use in both community and church primary schools that are available to borrow.


Interested in supporting your local primary school on a weekly basis?

CYO’s chaplaincy model majors on three things:

  1. Spiritual Development
  2. Pastoral Care
  3. Being Available

Blending these three elements together and expressing them in different ways makes a huge difference to the life of a school.

We’d love to partner with your church and train you in chaplaincy.

“It would be great to do this every Autumn, an annual dedicated time for reflection for the children and staff. If children through their time at Primary had this opportunity 7 times before they entered secondary school I think it would make a big difference to their well-being and sense of self in the world.”