Moving up to The Buckingham School Student TOP Tips

Starting secondary school is a significant milestone in your life. It is an exciting time, yet can be a little daunting at the same time. Our students understand it too, because they’ve been through it themselves. Here’s some student top tips and advice to help you practically, socially and emotionally.

If you think you’re not going to make new friends it’s not true. I promise you will. Just say 'hello' to the others in your form and be yourself.

I met what has turned out to be one of my best friends in the first week of secondary school.

When I started school, I put a copy of my timetable up in my room, and highlighted reminders: Monday, PE gear; Tuesday, Food Tech etc., so I don’t forget anything!

Get into a routine for getting homework done when it is set. Try to make sure you have a suitable space to work in. I have a quiet area I use at home so I am not distracted.

I would say try not to worry too much: within hardly anytime you will have settled in.

There's so much going on emotionally getting ready for a new school, if you can organise yourself it’s a big start. I suggest getting coloured folders or plastic wallets to keep the work for each subject together.

Buy an alarm clock. You don't want to be late for school!

I always pack my bag the night before and I have a special key ring for my locker key.

If you are unsure of anything, talk to your Form Tutor. They are there to help you.

You can also speak with one of the Student First Team too - they look after your wellbeing.

I’d also suggest trying out as many activities and clubs as possible as it is a good way to find friends with similar interests and hobbies to you.

When you start school, try and stay confident on the inside and the outside. Everyone is new and in the same boat.

Relax and enjoy it! In no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever, and this time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.

Secondary school brings with it a new world of opportunities, from joining a sports club or learning to cook in food technology to channelling your acting skills in drama. Here's what students have said about their first day and some experiences during their first year at The Buckingham School.

First Day at School Experiences

  • My first day was good. I remember meeting a person who has become my best friend
  • I felt very nervous and excited on my first day. I was worried about getting lost, but we had mentors to help us.
  • On my first day I made 3 new friends. They were really supportive.
  • My first day was great. I had plans to meet up with my friend from Primary school so we could go in together.
  • I was shy on my first day but soon felt comfortable enough to make new friends
  • I only knew a couple of people and a little worried about the size of the school as my primary school was really small. At the end of my first day I felt happy and knew I was going to enjoy school here.
  • I was very nervous to begin with as I didn’t know many people here but then I made loads of new friends
  • It has been fantastic. The staff are really supportive.
  • There are so many inter-house activities and competitions - there is nothing I dislike.
  • The thing I liked most (so far) is meeting new people and making new friends
  • Everyone is really supportive of each other.

First Year School Experiences

  • There are so many possibilities and opportunities - the school makes me feel proud to be a Buckingham School student.
  • I like the sports and after school clubs - trampolining club is awesome!
  • I've enjoyed most of the lessons, particularly Food technology
  • The inter-house tournaments are fantastic!
  • I like what we learn - we learn fun things as well as serious things
  • We can earn House points for many different reasons, good attendance, uniform, contribution in class
  • As well as your Form tutor and subject teachers, if you have a concern you can talk to the Student First team. They are really supportive.

To find out more about the Student First Team, click below.

We look forward to welcoming you to Year 7 and meeting you very soon.


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Claire Sherwood


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