Help me

I’m changing schools


Starting at a new school is a big change in your life.

Here are 8 top tips that might help you:

  1. Remember that making new friends takes time. Check out our advice below….
  2. Visit the new school before you are due to start so you know what to expect and can meet the teachers and pupils there.
  3. Find out if you need any school uniform, books or equipment. If your family are finding it hard to afford it, talk to the school.
  4. Try out the journey to school so you feel ok about how to get there.
  5. Keep your school timetable with you so you know what classes you have and where they are.
  6. Secondary schools can be big places. If you get lost, ask a teacher or an older pupil to help you find your class.
  7. Find out if your new school has buddying, where an older pupil helps you settle in.
  8. If you are disabled, the new school should make sure you can access your classes. If it’s difficult, tell someone.