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Tips for Parents

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Starting Secondary School – Tips for Parents

Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting and significant event in the life of your child. When a child starts a secondary school they are expected to cope with a whole variety of new experiences and changes.

The top two worries that Year Six students express are: being bullied and not making friends. Although these are common concerns for many students, it is interesting to note that most children are no longer worried about these after just one or two weeks. If your child expresses these worries, it is useful to tell them this and to emphasise that everyone else will also be feeling anxious and in the same situation as themselves. At Henley in Arden School we have a mentoring system and a safe induction system so that all of our new pupils will be paired with an older student from the school to help them settle in.

What is different about Secondary School

  1. Children often have to travel further.
  2. They may have to wear a full school uniform for the first time.
  3. Instead of one teacher, they will be taught by nine or ten teachers.
  4. The site will be much bigger and they will need to find their way around.
  5. The timetable will be different.
  6. They will be responsible for having the correct books and equipment.
  7. There will be some new lessons eg: Drama.
  8. They will be responsible for recording their own homework.
  9. Teaching and learning styles may be very different.
  10. Break and lunch time will be organised differently.

Generally pupils are expected to be more independent and self aware.

Top Tips for Parents

Getting to and from school:

  1. Time the journey to school.
  2. Be sure your child is clear about what time they are expected to be home.
  3. Make sure they have contact numbers.
  4. Buy an alarm clock.
  5. Work out with your child what time they need to get up to get to school on time.
  6. Agree a routine for the mornings and after school.


At Henley in Arden School we are very strict on uniform and we believe that our students should always be smart.

  1. Check uniform requirements including the rules regarding makeup and jewellery.
  2. Name everything.
  3. Check if you are entitled to any financial support.
  4. Order your PE equipment in time.
  5. Encourage your children to hang up their uniform straightaway after school.

New Timetable – Am I in the right place?

  1. Visit the school.
  2. Ensure your child that they will quickly get to know their way around.
  3. Get a list of your child’s teachers as soon as you can.
  4. Get a copy of your child’s timetable.
  5. Encourage them to learn which lessons they have on which days so they can become independent.
  6. Get your child a watch.


  1. Agree a routine for homework with your child.
  2. Agree a good time for their homework.
  3. Agree with your child that social activities will only be possible after homework is done.
  4. Be prepared to invest time at the start, this will help give a role model to the young person.

Contact the school:

We believe that the relationship between the school, parents, carers and pupils is vital.

Each pupil will have a diary and we see this as the instrument of communication between the school and parent. It is important that you encourage the student to share this diary information with you.

Children’s own top ten worries about starting secondary school:

  1. Being bullied.
  2. Not making friends.
  3. Getting lost.
  4. Homework.
  5. Not being able to do the work.
  6. Getting to school and back.
  7. Not having the right books and equipment.
  8. Not knowing what to do if there is a problem.
  9. Not getting on with teachers.
  10. Getting into trouble.

We believe that if we are able to help the students achieve a habit of independence and responsibility for their own learning early on in the school, then this will carry on into the upper school years when it becomes increasingly important for the students to be able to drive their own learning.

We hope you find this information useful and thought-provoking. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.​