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Supporting your child's school journey

Last updated: 10 May 2023
My School Journey

5. School Years 7 to 9

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School years 7 and 9 are for children aged eleven to fourteen years old and are the first years of your child's school journey in secondary school, also known as Key Stage 3 (KS3).

Moving up to secondary school

If you are in or are about to move up to year 7 and are feeling nervous there is lots of support and advice to help you in your journey moving up to secondary school.

Attending one of the how to cope with moving to secondary school courses could also really help to build your confidence and help you feel more prepared.

What to expect

Moving up to secondary school is a big change for a young person, and it is normal to feel anxious. You may find things will be a bit different, but it's good to remember that:

  • not everything will change
  • talk to your friends, family, and teachers if you are worried
  • your mental health matters, take time for yourself
  • if you are not sure about what GCSE or National Qualification subjects to choose you can speak to a careers adviser or teacher to discuss your options.

Where can I get support

There is support and advice on helping to prepare you for school years 7 to 9, and what to expect during this time.