Leaving primary school for secondary school is a massive deal! It’s a big change that can be worrying but also exciting.
Reach met with Eilidh, who shared with us how she felt about leaving primary school and going to a new secondary school. She uses a wheelchair so it was important for her to know that her new school was making plans to ensure she had the support she needed.
What Eilidh thought BEFORE she went to visit her new school:
- N.O means No! Mum started looking at schools when I was going into P6 – it felt way too early. It’s like putting on your pyjamas 3 hours before you go to sleep.
- Which High School? I wanted to go to a small high school, one that I wouldn’t get lost in. And one that I can take my best friend Jemmy to.
- It’s all a bit scary. It’s a big, huge step going to high school and I’m just a tiny, winy bit scared. My primary school is tiny.
And this is what she thought after she’d been to visit her new secondary school:
- Wow! This high school is big. But I got the general idea of what it’d be like on my last day of primary school and my first day of high school .
- Getting lost. The carpets were colour coded so you would not get lost. Yeah it’s very wheelchair friendly.
- I’m not going next week. There is plenty of time before I leave primary school. I’ve agreed to go again to get used to it.
Top tips for starting secondary school:
- Try to be organised. Pack your bag the night before so you don’t have to worry in the morning.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or talk to someone you trust if you’re worried about anything.
- Try to make new friends.
- Remember that first impressions count.
- Make the most of all the new opportunities.
- Don’t worry if you get lost at first, you’re not alone and the teachers will understand.
- Why do you think it’s important to visit your new high school before starting?
- What are the things you’re most worried about?
- What are you most excited about?