Taking the big step up to secondary school can be daunting for some, but it doesn’t have to be. Preparing your child for secondary school is a great way to get them used to the new experience, but how can you do that? Well, here are some tips for preparing for secondary school.


Starting secondary school tips for kids

Building confidence 

One of the most important tips for preparing your child for secondary school is to help build their confidence. Encourage them to embrace their strengths and use this for confidence. This could be confidence in their educational abilities, or their social abilities, such as having the confidence to talk to new people and try and strike a friendship.

At PGL, our adventure holidays are designed to instil confidence like this in your child, where they can conquer fears, build resilience and more. Our outdoor activities and team-building games can empower your child and help them build their confidence for secondary school. 

Making friends

The social aspect of starting secondary school is one that some may enjoy more than others. This could be down to confidence and many other factors. But by emphasising the importance of settling in and making friends, your child could be making new friends in no time at secondary school. A great way is to encourage kindness and openness, which is what people love when trying to speak to somebody new. 

Our adventure camps provide the perfect setting for making friends and developing the skills that can support this. With collaborative games and lots of time spent together in groups, your child will develop many new relationships at PGL!

Encourage independence

Secondary school is a time when independence increases significantly. Whether it’s making their own way to school on public transport or school bus or making sure they are ready for the day with their correct books, it’s a big step up from primary school. By encouraging them to take responsibility for their belongings and solve problems independently, you’re putting them on the right track for success! 

Your child can boost their independence skills massively on a PGL adventure camp, as they’ll find themselves in situations every day where a decision needs to be made, or where it’s their responsibility to remember something.


How PGL can support your child’s school transition

At PGL, we encourage the skills and behaviour that can help prepare your kids for secondary school. Our adventurous activities are designed to encourage teamwork and confidence, and the PGL experience can enhance many independence skills too!


Enjoy an adventure with PGL!

We hope these preparing for secondary school tips come in handy for your kids! If you like the sound of our activities at PGL, why not take a look at our outdoor adventure camps! At PGL, we have a range of adventure-filled camps over the school holidays, including multi-activity holidays, watersports camps and more. Our camps have been running for over 66 years! So, we know a thing or two about adventure. You can browse all of our children’s adventure holidays here.

Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today to see how we can help.