No need for child or parent nerves about ‘big’ school

HUNDREDS of Borders children are making the transition from primary to high school as the new school year starts this week.

While some youngsters take this big change in their stride, others can find it a difficult time – as can their parents.

Many of the area’s schools and local authorities have arrangements in place to ease the transition, but ParentLine Scotland, a free, confidential helpline and online service provided by Children First, wants to remind parents and carers they are also on hand to help.

Manager Jill Cook says: “Moving on to ‘big’ school can be stressful for both pupils and their parents or carers.

“Children may have to say goodbye to pals they have been with all the way through primary school. They are no longer the big fish in the wee pond when they move up to high school but instead are surrounded by older teenagers. It can be a scary time for some, especially less confident kids.

“They may have to tackle travelling on public transport for the first time and finding their way round a big school, not to mention new subjects and new teachers.Often the kids are fine – it’s the parents who find it hard to let go!”

To contact ParentLine call on 08000 28 22 33 or email