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My new school is really big and we are getting way too much homework and its really hard. Last week I got 10 pieces due in that same week or the week after. It is puttinng a lot of stress on me and I am staying up late trying to finish it. It is hard for me and I feel like I don't want to go anymore...  Also I feel worried about walking to school because I have no-one to walk with exept my brother who walks with his friends. My Mum gives me rides but she can't keep doing it forever. I feel like crying and I don't like it at all.

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Hi there,

Thank you for your letter to me. I can hear that since changing schools, things have not been easy for you. You’ve talked about feeling really stressed and like you want to cry.  I’m really glad that you are reaching out for support and talking about how you’re feeling. 

Changing schools can be difficult as there are lots of things to get used to. From your letter it sounds like your main worry is the amount of homework you are getting. Homework is part of school; however, it should not be making you feel stressed or making you stay up very late. It’s a good idea to let someone know how the homework is making you feel, perhaps your form teacher or your mum. They may be able to help you to set out a homework timetable so there are clear start times and finish times to the work you do at home. Your teachers may also be able to help if you’re feeling really stuck with the homework. You don’t have to cope with feeling this way on your own. 

Your teachers are there to help you do your best work and feeling stressed and worried can have an impact on your work so they will want to help you feel better. You also said that you don’t have anyone to walk to school with apart from your brother right now. It can take a while to settle into school and make friends, especially if it’s a big school. Perhaps you could have a look around while you’re walking to school and see if you recognise anyone that’s in any of your classes. Perhaps eventually you could start walking with them. 

If you would like to talk anymore about this or anything else, you can contact a ChildLine counsellor by calling free on 0800 1111, logging on for a 1-2-1 chat or sending an email at any time.

Take care,

Sam

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