Useful links for Parents and Children

Are you thinking of changing school in-year?

Moving to a new school is a serious step to take. It can affect your child in many ways. Before deciding to move your child to another school, please consider the following:

  • Moving to a new school may not mean that a problem is solved – it can happen again and could be worse because your child will not know who their new teachers and pupils are.
  • Your child’s needs may not be known to staff at a new school.
  • How will your child cope with learning new rules and having to do things differently?
  • There is the possibility of missing important work.
  • Children who transfer schools after they have chosen their exam subjects in year 9 may find that they cannot do the same subjects or that the examination boards and courses are different at a new school.
  • 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?

Many things that worry you or your child can be sorted out without the need to move schools. We advise that you sit down with your child and ask them why they want to move to a different school. If they mention that they are being bullied or not getting on with other pupils, you should speak to your child’s form tutor or head of year in order to try and resolve the situation. By law, all schools must have an anti-bullying policy.

If after speaking with the form tutor or head of year, you are still unhappy about the way the school is dealing with your concerns, you should make an appointment to speak to the headteacher as soon as possible. Or, you can contact….

Academic support

For students:

Where me or my family can find support

Derbyshire police

In the event of an emergency, dial 999. For non urgent enquiries ring 101. Or to report information anonymously call: Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or report online here.

Extremism and Radicalisation

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist related call:

The Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321

Or visit their website here.

Domestic Violence

Helpline 0845 7023468


More useful links


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people here.

Childline (NSPCC)

0800 1111


0116 123 |

Forced Marriage or honour based violence

Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247

Young people and adults Internet awareness and support

Snapchat safety Centre

Snapchat support 

UK Safer Internet Centre 

Report Child Abuse Images to IWF 

Report Abuse or grooming to CEOP

Get connected Helping

Professionals Online Safety Helpline: 0844 3814 772


Think Know

Emotional Support

Childline – 0800 1111

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Derbyshire LGBT+ – 01332 207704


A service for 11-19 year olds in Derby providing support for emotional health, sexual health and also substance use (smoking, drinking, drugs)

01332 888030 Ext. 88572


National drugs helpline offering free, confidential information and advice

0300 123 6600

First Steps Derbyshire

Supporting people who are affected by eating difficulties

01332 367571


eating disorders

Help, support and advice for young people

The Space at Connexions – 01332 643900

Youth2youth – a help line run by young people for young people

020 8896 3675

Addaction – Drug, alcohol and mental health charity