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Tips for your first week at a new school from our education consultants

Early September is always a nerve wracking time for parents, all the children are going back to school and for some this is their first week at a new school. It can be tough not knowing what the best advice is for a child who may be nervous about their first week. Which is why our education consultants have written these great tips for starting at a new school this September.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns we’re always here to help, give us a call!

Have a positive attitude

Joining a new school is a challenge - embrace the adventure. Remember the times you have tried something new before, and how you showed resilience in approaching it with the right attitude.

You’re not alone

Remember you will not be the only new pupil, others will be feeling exactly like you. Talk to others. Supporting one another will build strong friendships for life.

Be confident or at least pretend to be

Hold your head high as you walk into the boarding house or school classroom for the first time. Be brave and start up a conversation with someone else in class or in your dormitory. Ask questions to find something you have in common.

Smile at all the people you meet

It has an immediate effect on others - they will feel like they can approach you to make conversation and you will feel more positive too.

Think of some ice-breaking questions to start a conversation

‘Hi, what is your name?’ or ‘I am new and have no idea what I am supposed to be doing now. Do you?’


Do you understand where to go for each lesson? Do not be afraid to ask someone, even another pupil walking down the corridor - they were in your shoes once and will be happy to help.

Break and lunchtimes

Be prepared for these. Ask others where they go for break/lunch and ask if you can go along on the first day. Don’t be shy to join up with a group.

In the first lessons

Introduce yourself to the people who sit near you, join in the discussions, try to ask and answer questions. You will feel better about yourself if you can, but do not worry if it is too challenging in the first few days. Take your time to feel comfortable, but be brave when you feel confident enough to get involved.

Learn the names of teachers

Especially those who are responsible for your well-being and helping you to settle in. Tutor, Form teacher, Matron, Houseparent, Head of House, ‘peer group Buddy’ - you should know who to turn to if you have a problem or feel unwell.

If the first day is difficult

Remind yourself that it is early days and things will improve. Take one day at a time. Always see tomorrow as another day of new opportunity.

Be proud of yourself at the end of the day

Congratulate yourself on surviving your first day. This is the beginning of something exciting…

Get in touch with our friendly education consultants

Our education consultants can help with all aspects of your child’s educational journey. From applying to boarding schools, to choosing subjects for A-Levels, to writing the perfect personal statement for university. We are always here, so don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help your child flourish.

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