Moving schools

Moving schools can seem scary. But it can also be an exciting new start. Whatever you’re worried about, we’ve got advice to support you and help you feel positive. 

Starting at a new school

There are lots of reasons you may need to move school. You might be going to secondary school, or moving somewhere new.

Sometimes people have to move schools after being taken into care or moving foster families. People who are claiming asylum might need to move schools a lot too.

You might be worried about:

  • being bullied or not fitting in
  • not knowing your way around
  • getting on with teachers or staff.

Starting a school can be scary, but there are things you can do to cope and help you feel positive.

4 things to remember:

Tips for starting a new school

Going to secondary school

Secondary school can be great. But it can also be confusing or overwhelming. You may be worried about a number of things - but we've got advice to help you.

Making new friends

It's natural to be scared about making new friends. Even if you’ve got lots of friends going to the same school as you. It's important to remember it can take time to make friends. And you shouldn't be hard on yourself if you don't make friends straight away.

Finding your way around

The office staff in your secondary school should be able to help you if you can’t find where you’re supposed to go. And sometimes older pupils will be there to help you settle in and answer questions if you’re unsure.

New ways of learning

It can feel like there’s a lot more to learn at secondary school. But it’s normal to take time to adjust to new ways of learning. Everyone learns in different ways. You just have to find a way that suits you.

Going to boarding school

Being away from home at boarding school can be tough. It can be difficult living away from your family. But it’s rewarding too. Boarding school is a chance to:

  • be independent
  • learn how to cope in a new environment
  • discover new things
  • meet new people and friends. 

Here are some tips to help you tackle homesickness and make the most of your experience:

Missing your friends

Moving to a different school can mean an exciting new start. But it can also mean leaving people you’re close to.

It’s normal to worry about losing touch with your friends. But moving away doesn’t mean that you can’t ever see them again. 

It can help for you and your friends to set time aside to speak to each other.

You can also share how you’re feeling with your parents or carers. They can help you feel better or might be able to arrange for you to see your friends in the school holidays.

How to keep in touch with friends

There are loads of ways to keep in contact:

  • send an email
  • chat on social-networking sites
  • phone and text.