Going to Big School

The move to big school can be stressful for any young person. Primary School is more of a predictable environment for children, with the same teacher and classroom throughout the year. Secondary school brings lots of change, which can be met with excitement and anxiety; the anticipation of making new friends and learning new things will also be combined with uncertainty over what their new school will be like, stricter teachers, more homework and maybe not making friends. Remember, it is normal to feel some anxiety before a big change.

Most children will find ways to adapt, but some may find change much harder to cope with and struggle to benefit from the opportunities offered by secondary school. For children who may struggle to cope with the change this could see the emergence of underlying mental health problems, so it’s important your child is prepared and supported through transition.