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How to choose a secondary school

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Hello, I’m in 6th class and I’ve had a bit of trouble, this might be really silly but I don’t know how to apply for a secondary school. We never really learned about it at school and my parents grew up without education, so they haven’t been really able to help me.


Hello there, thats for your question!
Firstly, welcome to Ask Alex. It takes courage to reach out, especially when you’re facing something new and uncertain. You’re not alone in feeling unsure about the process of applying for secondary school. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by tasks that might seem unfamiliar or daunting, but please know that there are people and resources available to help you every step of the way.
We want you to know that your feelings are valid, and it’s okay to ask for help. It’s understandable that you might feel lost, especially if you haven’t had much guidance from school or your family. However, you have taken a brave step by reaching out, and that shows strength and resilience.
Would you have another adult in your life that you can go to for support? Maybe another teacher or the school secretary? Or perhaps a friend’s parent. Here is a link that explains the process of how to apply for a secondary school, but you will need the help of an adult.
We want to reassure you that  Childline is here to support young people like you. The Childline team is available 24 hours a day, every day, to listen to your concerns, and help you explore your options. You are never alone. If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the next steps, don’t hesitate to reach out to Childline. You can contact us by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat on our website at We are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need, whenever you need it.
Remember, you are capable and deserving of success, and there are people who are ready to support you on your journey. Take things one step at a time, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. You’ve got this!
Take care of yourself,

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