Making the Change from Primary to Secondary School
Moving up into secondary school can be a little daunting – not just for children, but for parents too. There can be lots of unasked questions floating around in people’s minds before the first day of term. Some parents might reflect on their own experiences, and some children might have heard stories about what goes on at “big school” – but it’s important to remember that it’s all part of growth.
Once you’re there, you’ll find that secondary school’s actually quite a nice place. When something’s on your mind, the best thing you can do is to talk about it and ask questions. We’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help you, but if you have any more to ask – please get in touch.
Is Secondary School Scary?
Not at all – but the thought of it can be quite scary. You might be thinking about having more responsibilities, harder work to do and bigger kids to contend with. You don’t have to worry – because even if you don’t realise it, you’re ready.
Once you’ve adjusted (and it won’t take very long), you’ll have forgotten why you were worried in the first place – but in the meantime, rest assured that everything will be okay. Your new teachers will be there to help you with anything, no matter how small it may seem.
Is There Lots of Homework?
You might be wondering what the point of homework is, when you spend all day in school learning. Homework is good for you: studies show that homework helps you perform better at school, which is why teachers set it.
It also helps you learn things for yourself, and while you might not see the point in it now, you certainly will as you grow up.
Some primary schools give homework, and some don’t – so if you’ve had never had to do it before, it can weigh on your mind.
Usually, homework is a small extension of your classroom work and doesn’t take long to finish. Your teachers will know what your homework schedules are and won’t pile on lots to do, and if you need help you’ll have plenty of time to ask.
Believe it or not, you might even enjoy having homework, especially in your favourite subjects.
Is the Work Really Hard?
Not really hard – it’s more like a level up in a computer game. You’ve had lots of practice in the basics, and now you’re on a new level. A few things have changed, but the controls are all the same. If anything, it’s exciting to know how much you’ve achieved and how much you can do already.
You’ll be challenged by your new work, but you’ll never be given a task you can’t do. Secondary school subjects are more involved, more interesting and can spark your interest in a subject you’ll follow for the rest of your life. You’ll learn new skills and become much more confident in your abilities with time – and you’ll have the support of your teachers every step of the way.
Will I Make Friends?
Yes! The best thing about secondary school is the friends you’ll make – and some of them will be your friends long after school and into your life as an adult. It can be really hard leaving your primary school friends when you all join different schools, but your secondary school will be full of other people in the same situation – eager to make new friends, just like you.
I Feel Nervous About Secondary School. What Should I Do?
It’s okay, it’s normal to have nerves. If you’re feeling down about it, then you should talk to somebody you trust as soon as you’re comfortable to. Maybe speak to one of your current teachers, your parents or older siblings if you have them.
There are no stupid questions, so don’t be afraid to ask someone you trust. No matter what, talking about your worries makes you feel better – even if you don’t always get an answer.
One thing we can promise is that your teachers will be there to help you – to do your best and to feel your best at school. We’re quite sure that you’ll enjoy secondary school, even the things you might be worried about now, like new work and subjects.
But if you need any help, support or advice – just remember to ask.
Grow at Clayesmore
At our independent school in Dorset, we encourage and support our students from the moment they join. We know growing up can be scary sometimes; but we’re here to make it fun, exciting and full of opportunity – no matter what year you’re in.