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Quitting Sixth Form

Hi I'm 16 and I started sixth form this September and I'm really not enjoying it. Am I allowed to quit?
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Hi there,

Thanks for your letter. Sixth form can be very different from what a lot of people expect. It can be really stressful when things don’t work out as planned. If you're not enjoying sixth form, it might be helpful for you to speak to one of your teachers. They will be able to go through your options with you so you know what your choices are.

There are different rules on your options at 16 depending on what part of the UK you live in. Whatever your options are, making decisions about what to do next can be really difficult. It’s okay to be unsure about what you want to do. It can really help to have someone to talk it through with. If you can, see if you have a chat with your family or friends.

A careers advisor might also be able to give you some advice. There might be one at your school or college, or you could contact the National Careers Service for some information and support.

Whatever you decide to do, it's important that you're happy with any decisions about your future. Have a look at the message boards for some ideas from other young people who have been in similar situations.

You can also talk this through with one of our ChildLine counsellors. You can do this by calling 0800 1111 on the phone, sending an email, or by logging on for a 1-2-1 chat.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Take care,

Need help straight away?

You can talk privately to a counsellor online or call 0800 1111 for free.

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