Moving up to Secondary School

moving up to secondary school

For a parent, your child's move up to secondary school can leave a hole in your life! Now that I have no more children at primary school I no longer walk my daughter to school every day and have very little face to face contact with school staff unless one of my children forgets a text book or their homework! There is also a lot less contact with other parents at the school than there was with primary school as you no longer see them at the school gate so it's more difficult to assess the suitability of your child's new friends. The rest of this blog post has been written my daughter who has recently moved up to secondary school.

"Moving to secondary school may seem scary at first but once you get settled in it's alright. Most secondary schools are probably bigger than your primary school but they are pretty much the same with different classrooms for different subjects, canteens, halls, big sports halls/fields and will be easy to eventually get to know. This school will be your second home for 5-7 years so it's important you like it and think it will give you the right opportunities you want.

There will be a lot of changes revolving around school day times (Most start roughly the same time and end a little later but it depends which school), longer and less breaks/lunch, different teachers and different rooms for registration along with every lesson and the whole school is usually quite busy at all times. Most schools will also have bells to tell you when the lesson or break is over and another one when your time to get to the next lesson is up. Make sure to know exactly where you going and what lesson you have next. If you have been given a map I recommend you use it as it will help you get around this new big and busy school. 

You may also find out that your school does not have a "playground" and most pupils stay in their form rooms at their breaks. This is also quite a good way to make friends in your form by talking to them and hanging out at lunch. If you're allowed to, another way to make friends is going to other forms, school clubs and inter house activities. Its always a great idea to get involved in your school's activities and opportunities to make yourself more known which can also help you be more respected and gain friends from other people who get stuck in.

After the first half-term you should be quite comfortable with your school and understand where everything is- also how it works. The teachers may now get stricter and ask for more homework so it's extremely important to use a planner/diary and do all your homework and in-school tasks efficiently! If you need any help with your school work or any other issues make sure to visit your form tutor or subject teacher as they will try to help you in any way.

Hopefully this has helped you and told you a little bit about secondary schools."