Changing secondary school
Changing schools in Years 9, 10 and 11 should be a last resort. Our experience has shown that it can put a young person at a disadvantage and can lead to poor outcomes.
Before you apply for a change, speak to your child’s current school. If your child is having difficulties, resolving these with the school could avoid the upheaval of a change of school.
Issues you need to be aware of
- Different schools follow different curricula and offer different GCSE subjects. Your child may not be able to continue with all of their options in a new school.
- Different schools use different exam boards. Although students study maths, English and science at all schools, they may study different texts and in different orders.
- If your child is following an alternative pathway to GCSE, this may not be available in the new school.
- A move can have a negative impact on your child’s social networks. It takes time to make friends and break into these often close-knit groups.
- Getting used to different school routines and settling into a new school can be difficult and stressful.
- It takes time for schools to build a relationship with a young person and their family. This is key to providing the best support for a young person.
- Recent research suggests that frequent school moves may cause mental health issues in later years.