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    So in August I joined a new school in my area to study my AS and A level courses, and for the most part I'm enjoying my courses, the problem comes with fitting in to the school itself. My previous High School was relatively small with a total of somewhere between 300-400 pupils along it's looked at as a 'rough' school by other schools. Although I admit yes it is certainly not the best looked after and maintained school ever, it was like a community everyone knew everyone and my class were nearly like a second family and some of the teacher were as well. So with this new school I was fairly intimidated,( luckily my friend from my previous school chose to go here as well so at least I knew someone). This school has over 1000 pupils and in my year has more than my entire previous school put together. I have never been thrown in to a scenario before were I don't fit in anywhere, everyone seems to be friendly I have decent banter with the guys in class but at lunch when they are all in their friend group they don't really talk to me and for the past 3 months lunch has been spent with my one friend for the previous school. Not only this but ever since I joined this school I have had a growing anxiety in me (which I have never experienced before either) and I sort of shrugged it off for a while but it got worse. Recently I had a week off school and throughout that whole week I experienced no anxiety at all and was actually very happy, but as soon as I started back to school it came back. This has brought me to the point of me making this post. I have realised I am not fitting in to school, I have anxiety which basically leaves me on edge 24/7 and overall I am really not happy where I'm at right now, so it bring me to my point. Should I drop out? I don't know what I would do but whatever it is I'm sure I'll be happier than I am at the moment, I'm not looking for a definitive answer just some friendly advice would be appreciated. (I apologise for the length of his post).
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    Hi there! I wish I could be useful here but this is a very difficult situation as there are many pros and cons of each option to weigh up. May I ask if you were to drop out, what would you plan to do?
    You must remember that dropping out of college / sixth form can have a very detrimental effect on later life. Plus you are legally required to stay in education of some form until you're 18.

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