Things to consider before moving to a new school

Moving to a new school is an important step for any child. If you’re not moving address and would like to change your child’s school, you should consider the following:

  • How will your child cope with learning new rules and having to do things differently, or possibly having missed important work? Children who transfer schools after their exam subjects have been chosen in Year 9 may find that they can’t do the same subjects, or that the exam board and courses are different.
  • If your child has brothers or sisters at the same school, transferring one child may affect the others.
  • Will it be difficult for you to have children attending different schools?
  • How will you manage start and finish times? Most schools in Birmingham are full and we may not be able to offer you the school that you want.

We recommend that you sit down with your child and ask them why they want to move to another school. If they mention that they’re being bullied or not getting on with other pupils, you should speak to your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year first, to try and fix the problem.

If you’ve done this and still have concerns, or are unhappy about the way the school is dealing with your complaint, you should make an appointment to speak to the head teacher. You may also write to the Chair of the school’s Governing Body.