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School is a large part of your life so it's important to feel happy there. Sometimes you might have problems at school which are worrying you.

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Going back to school

It can be really hard going back to school after the holidays. Not everyone looks forward to it. There might be lots of reasons why you might be worried about going back such as:

Whatever the reason, ChildLine is here for you and can help.

Moving schools

Moving from one school to another can be a scary time. You might be moving from primary school to secondary school, or changing schools because you have moved house. Whatever the reason for the move, there are things you can do to make it all go smoothly. 

Moving up to secondary school

The change from primary school to secondary school can be scary. You might be worried about:

It’s natural to feel like this, even if lots of your friends are moving to the same school as you. 

Hopefully you will get a chance to have a look round your new school and spend a day there. If you are able to do this, it will help you feel more confident when you move. The receptionists in your school’s office should be able to help you if you get lost and can’t find where you are supposed to go, or if you lose something - like your dinner money. They can help you find your way round and also help with some of the other problems you might have.

If you are worried about anything to do with moving to secondary school, it can really help to talk to someone about how you feel. You could talk to your teacher – either your primary school teacher, or your new secondary school teacher. They will be able to help you with any worries so you can feel happier about the move. You could also talk to your parents or carers about how you're feeling.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to, or don’t feel that you can talk to them about your worries, you can always talk to ChildLine. No matter what your problem, we can help you. Call us free on 0800 1111 or talk to us online.


Some people make it look easy to make friends, but sometimes it can be difficult to start new friendships. Not having friends or not being in a group can make you feel sad and lonely. If you are worried about making friends, or don't have any friends at your school, talking about it to someone can help. Read more advice about friends.

Being bullied? 

Girl being bullied by mobile phoneIf you are being bullied you may feel alone and not know where to turn. If you are being bullied at school, it can make each day at school difficult and worrying.

No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it.

You can speak to ChildLine anytime if you are being bullied and want to talk about it. We can help you if you are being bullied at school, are feeling down or lonely, or if you are having problems with friends.

  • I'm too scared to go to school. What should I do?

    No one has the right to stop you from going to school. If you are worried about bullying, school work or making new friends, talking to someone about how you feel can really help.

    Try taking a quiet moment to talk to someone you trust and tell them about the problem. That could be a teacher or someone else you feel comfortable talking to. They can get in touch with your school and work out a way to help you.

  • I'm finding homework and exams stressful.

    Doing homework can be really stressful. It might seem like you'll never come to the end of it all, and it can be especially tough if you are worried that you don't understand it. Talking to someone about how you feel can really help.

    There can be a lot of pressure to do well in their exams, but there are things you can do to make it a bit easier.

    If you are worried about anything, talk to your school teacher or your parents about how you feel and don't be ashamed to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with being worried about exams, it's very normal.

    Remember, exams are important – but they are not the only key to a successful future. Find out more about homework.

  • I'm moving house and worried about leaving all my friends.

    You might have to move away from your school if your family move to another part of the country. This might be because one of your parents gets a new job which is based in a new place. You might be moving school because you didn’t get on well at your last school or you are now being cared for somewhere different. For example, if you have moved into care or have changed foster families. These are both big changes and you might need some help settling down.

    Moving to another school can be scary, especially if you don’t know anyone and all your friends are still at your old school. You might be worried about making new friends, fitting in at your new school and also about losing touch with your old friends.  Your new school should do everything it can to help you settle in, and will help you if you are worried.  

    There are lots of ways to keep in touch with your old friends and moving away doesn’t mean that you can’t ever see them again. You can email, talk on social networking sites, phone or text. You could tell your parents how you feel - they might be able to arrange to take you to see your old friends in the school holidays.

Other sites that can help

If you're worried about being bullied at school, Bullying UK have lots of advice and support.
Bullying UK

Stressed about school?

Talk to other young people on the school and college message board.

Share your worries about school

Call ChildLine

You can call ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.

Call ChildLine

Anything else?

Are there any other school worries that you'd like us to add to this page?



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