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28th July 2022 | Blogs

The transition to secondary school: a major life event for young people

Moving from primary to secondary school is a time of mixed emotions for many young people. It’s why your school works as hard as it does to support new starters to feel safe and settled. While some eleven year olds may be fuelled by excitement and anticipation, for others the move away from primary may make them feel nervous, anxious or overwhelmed. The transition to secondary school is a major life event for any young person - and any response is completely normal.

"I was nervous and anxious all the time." 

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, those children transitioning from primary to secondary faced a whole new level of complexity and uncertainty. Forced to navigate one of the biggest disruptions to education in history at a time when emotional stability and security were paramount, many young people found themselves struggling with their mental health for the very first time.

From panic attacks in lessons - to loving lessons, and life. In this 3.5-minute video, watch us in conversation with a year 7 pupil about her transition to secondary school during the pandemic.

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  • Why her transition to secondary school was particularly "scary"

  • What happened to her mental health as a result

  • How the Thrive Approach has supported her to get things back on track

  • Her plans for the future


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