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Transitions to Secondary School

Transitions to Secondary School

Starting SECONDARY school

This time is an important stepping stone for your young person and a normal stage on the road to adulthood. There will be tears along the way, but at this time, as always, they need your interest, reassurance and support.

Moving to ‘big school’ is a major transition in a young teenager’s life. They will experience new challenges, different to those at primary school, including: a new, often much bigger and noisier environment, larger classrooms, along with new rules and expectations, different teachers and a whole new peer group.