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    First of all, I have quite unusual and rare circumstances but hear me out

    The secondary school that I currently go to is rated Outstanding and has a very good lower school (years 7-11). It seems that this is less of a case when it comes to the sixth form though, especially in the science department where many people end up with low grades. Despite this, somebody last year ended up going to Cambridge to do Medicine. On top of this, one of my parents is a teacher at my school so I have the benefits that come with that although this has been something that became quite annoying/awkward throughout my time at school for all sorts of reasons (I would recommend anyone who's parent is a teacher to not go to the same school that they work in). So, to sum up, staying at my current sixth would be the easy and comfortable option for me as it was for both of my older siblings who stayed there.

    The thing is - I really want a change from my current school. I have many friends at my school etc. but I really like the idea of going to a new school in a different area to meet new people. I've done some research and near me there is a grammar school (also rated Outstanding) with ~300 students sixth form students (compared to ~200 ish at my current school) that offers places to external students with good grades. They also get better grades on average although it's not a huge difference. If I was to go there then I would have to walk for ~25 minutes to then take a bus which would be a 40 minute journey as it is twice as far away from me. Whereas, currently I just take a 15 minute car ride. I'm completely okay with this though. It's also worth noting that I think it would be very difficult to convince my parent's to let me go somewhere else as none of my two older siblings have done it before. Could anybody on here give my some advice on as to where I should go? Also, what is it like going to a new sixth form for anybody who made that change? Thanks for any replies on here in advance
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    First of all, I have quite unusual and rare circumstances but hear me out

    The secondary school that I currently go to is rated Outstanding and has a very good lower school (years 7-11). It seems that this is less of a case when it comes to the sixth form though, especially in the science department where many people end up with low grades. Despite this, somebody last year ended up going to Cambridge to do Medicine. On top of this, one of my parents is a teacher at my school so I have the benefits that come with that although this has been something that became quite annoying/awkward throughout my time at school for all sorts of reasons (I would recommend anyone who's parent is a teacher to not go to the same school that they work in). So, to sum up, staying at my current sixth would be the easy and comfortable option for me as it was for both of my older siblings who stayed there.

    The thing is - I really want a change from my current school. I have many friends at my school etc. but I really like the idea of going to a new school in a different area to meet new people. I've done some research and near me there is a grammar school (also rated Outstanding) with ~300 students sixth form students (compared to ~200 ish at my current school) that offers places to external students with good grades. They also get better grades on average although it's not a huge difference. If I was to go there then I would have to walk for ~25 minutes to then take a bus which would be a 40 minute journey as it is twice as far away from me. Whereas, currently I just take a 15 minute car ride. I'm completely okay with this though. It's also worth noting that I think it would be very difficult to convince my parent's to let me go somewhere else as none of my two older siblings have done it before. Could anybody on here give my some advice on as to where I should go? Also, what is it like going to a new sixth form for anybody who made that change? Thanks for any replies on here in advance
    Talk to siblings and also the one that got into Cambridge.

    Apply to the other school and go and look round.

    Draw up a pros and cons and make your mind up. Your priority should be where you will do best o.e grades.

    Happiness and time spent traveling are factors. As long as you make the best decision for you it will be the right one.
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    you might have a long journey now but if you're planning on learning to drive/getting a car as you turn 17 it'll be easier in your second year.

    it sounds like the further away one would be better for you but you need to do a pros and cons list to decide
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    I'm currently in year 13 now and I chose to go to a different sixth form and it has honestly been the best decision of my life.

    Yeah I had a few friends at high school and the reputation wasn't all that bad for the sixth form but I just needed to get out! I applied to a local sixth form college where everyone who went would be in the same position (new place, no friends etc.) This made it easy to make new friends and the place is so much more diverse.

    I've also generally felt like I'm treated more like an adult than my friend who stayed at my high school sixth form and given a lot more independence and trust.

    The travel can get a bit annoying though ending up on a bus that can take 1hr-1hr and a half to get in to the city and then a 20 minute walk to the college but you get used to it.

    I can't say how you'll feel about moving and our sixth forms may be very different so take everything I say with a pinch of salt! However I've found moving has been the best thing for my mental health as it was deteriorating so fast at my high school and it's been an experience I wouldn't trade for anything.

    Your best bet is to make a list if positives and negatives for each place and use that to decide!
 
 
 
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