Going back to school
You may experience different feelings about going back to school, or starting at a new school.

How do I feel about going back to school?

When you’re about to go back to school, you might feel excited about the chance to see your friends again. 

You might look forward to telling your friends about what you did over the holidays, or you might feel nervous and wonder what your new teachers and class will be like. 

You might feel concerned about parts of school life, such as making new friends, remembering your timetable, or bullying. 

Everyone has a right to an education. It is important that you feel comfortable and happy in school. If you do not, then you can get support to help you have a more positive experience at school. 

Go Together

Try to find out if you know anybody else going to the same school and meet up with them first, so you can go in together.


Get enough sleep and think positive thoughts about going back to school.


If you are feeling nervous, scared or stressed, talk to someone you trust or talk to Childline.

You are not alone

Remember, you are not alone! Lots of people have different feelings about going back to school or starting in a new school.

You have a right to get support

  • School should be a happy place for pupils and it is your school's job to make sure you are safe when you are there.
  • If you are worried about going back to school, or starting school, you have a right to get support.
  • Is there a trusted adult you can talk to about how you feel?

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