Tips for starting a new school

Whether you’re moving somewhere new or starting secondary school, going to a new place can be tough. Use our tips to make things easier.

Starting a new school

There can be lots to remember when you start a new school. You might be thinking about other people, the work or what to bring.

There are small things you can do to make things easier, and remember that you can always talk to us.

  • Plan for the first day
    Start to set an alarm before you start at school to help you get used to waking up in the morning, and pack your bag the day before so you’re ready.
  • Ask questions
    Lots of people get lost when they first start at a school. It’s always okay to ask for directions of where you need to go, remember that you’ll get used to it in time.
  • Making friends
    School can feel scary when you don’t know anyone, or if you’re in a class with new people. Use our top tips for making friends to help you get started.
  • Give it time
    Things might not feel comfortable at first, but after a while you can start to feel more confident about what you need to do. If you’re struggling, we’ve got advice on building confidence.
  • Talk about it
    Share what’s gone well, what you’d like to change and how you’re feeling. It’s always okay to be honest with someone you trust or with us.

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