Changing Schools

Transferring from one secondary school to another is a big step for most children. They are leaving behind established relationships with the friends and teachers at their current school and entering a new and unfamiliar environment.

When a student transfers from one school to another within Victoria, the outgoing school gives the principal of the new school a transfer note. This note includes information about the student – their name, address, emergency contact details, any medical conditions and their academic records.

Whether your child is changing secondary schools within Victoria, from another state or from overseas, it is useful for the new school to see school reports and examples of your child’s work from their previous school. This will help the new secondary school to do all they can to make the transition as smooth as possible for your child.

How you can help

As a parent, you can help your child’s transition into a new secondary school by:

  • involving your child as much as possible when deciding on a new secondary school
  • asking them how they feel about the new school
  • meeting their new teachers
  • encouraging them to keep in contact with friends from their previous school.

For more information, see: Starting Secondary School