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Small village school or large town school?

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Found 3rd Sep 2017
We live in a very small village and our son currently goes to the local school. There are two classes. Primary 1-3 & 4-7.
So far the school and particularly his teacher have been great.
However, the entire school had just 23 pupils and I'm very concerned that the it is not preparing him for the jump to secondary school which has 1400 pupils.
I worry that although he is getting an amazing level of support and education now, that we will regret not putting him to the bigger school.
Has anyone been in the same situation, or any teacher input would be great too. Thanks in advance

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Check out the arrangements for when he moves up to secondary school. Some schools have extra induction days (in addition to the regular ones) for those children coming from small schools giving them extra chances to find their way around the school. Also, are any other children from year 6 likely to be moving up to the same secondary school as him ? Does the secondary school keep some friends together ? You'll generally find that most children manage the transition easily enough whether they have come from a small or bigger primary school.

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derbyshireterrier22 m ago

Check out the arrangements for when he moves up to secondary school. Some …Check out the arrangements for when he moves up to secondary school. Some schools have extra induction days (in addition to the regular ones) for those children coming from small schools giving them extra chances to find their way around the school. Also, are any other children from year 6 likely to be moving up to the same secondary school as him ? Does the secondary school keep some friends together ? You'll generally find that most children manage the transition easily enough whether they have come from a small or bigger primary school.



There are not extra induction days, but they do joint activities with another nearby school, so that they get to know each other before they move up. From his own school he is one of 6 that will move up together. I think my main concern is that the size of the building and volume of children will be a shock to the system having spent his education until then in such a small school. Thanks for replying, it's nice to hear that generally, they all make the transition easily

Usually a house captain or prefect will escort the class around the school from lesson to lesson to get the layout of the new school. All teachers will be on the lookout for any children that are struggling and will let their form or house tutor know. I'm sure your child will pally up with someone as they're more resilient than you think.
Putting him him in a 'big' school is the best thing for him, he'll soon adapt and his social awareness will improve and set him up for life.
Don't panic or stress about things, just see how things pan out, I'm sure there will be others in the same boat either new to the area or from abroad.
It's an exciting milestone, so treat it as such rather than worrying.

My brothers and I went from a primary with similar numbers (sometimes 2 people in a year), then 300-500 for years 7-9 and then another school 1500 for gcse and a levels. With induction days it was great, but generally it all made no difference and the move up was pretty seamless.

I think you are right to think about this, but it needs to be thought of in terms of character of your own children. My kids originally went to a school of about 40 pupils, moved to one of 300, then on to a comp of 1500. Both changes caused us concern, but in reality there was plenty of transitional support and it went well. If your son is enjoying his education now, this is probably the most valuable asset that he can carry forward to his next school.

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Thanks for your help everyone. It's not an easy decision to make, but great to hear other peoples advice and experiences.
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