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Preparing your child for secondary school

Top Tips on helping your child be ready for secondary school

Walking to school - secondary school

Starting secondary school is an important and exciting time for your child. To make sure that they are able to settle into and enjoy their new school you may find it useful to follow the top tips below:

  • Allow your child the opportunity to have a trial run travelling/walking their route to school.

  • This is a good time to review bedtime routines as morning routines will change.

  • Organise a space at home for your child to do their homework & instil good homework habits.
  • Nurture independence & encourage your child to organise themselves.
  • Buy extra equipment as they will lose things, i.e. pencils, rulers etc.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet & eats breakfast.
  • Have a copy of their timetable & maybe a spare locker key.
  • Try to be at home to greet them for the first week.
  • Take their worries seriously & sort out any problems quickly by talking to the school if necessary.
  • Focus on the positives, build their confidence.
  • Talk to yourSchool Nurse if you have worries about your child’s health and wellbeing.


To find your nearest School Nurse for more information and fact sheets visit our website.

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