Transitioning to secondary school can feel like a huge leap for children and their families. We also know, though, that it is one of the most exciting changes that children will make. Moving to secondary school provides children with an opportunity to learn interesting new things, make more friends and to take part in activities that could well lead you to a particular study or career route.
We always look forward to working with our secondary colleagues and providing a smooth transition for our Year 6 learners and we'll be providing information and resources on this page to help us prepare the children together and manage the transition from primary to secondary school.
Preparing my child
Check in with them regularly and remind them that:
- It’s normal to feel both excited and scared – nerves actually help us prepare for challenges
- It may take time for them to feel settled, and that’s OK
- They might get things wrong as they get used to a new situation
- They’ve coped with big changes in the past and can do it again
- Not everything is going to change – some routines will stay the same
- They can talk to you or someone at school if they’re worried.
Most importantly, encourage them to start to think of all the exciting things that await them at their new school, and what they will do to be as successful at their secondary school as they can.
Preparing as a parent
The first years of secondary school can be difficult for families.
Young people may explore their identity by trying new things, taking risks, breaking rules and putting their friends first.
- Keep talking – young people like to hear that you are interested in their world and if you know what’s going on in their lives, you might worry less
- Check in while you’re doing everyday things, like cooking or driving somewhere, so that they don’t feel pressured
- Remember that your child still relies on you and (any) boundaries are needed to keep them safe
- Look after yourself. Self-care can be as simple as having a cup of tea, going for a walk or getting enough sleep. All of this helps you to be there for them.