. He has some very good friends who will be going to the local comp and I think he now wishes he was going with them. He says he doesn't want to make new friends!!
Is there anyone else whose child has similar worries or who can come along with advice or reassurance?
All my dd's closest friends went to the local comp. When she started at her secondary she didnt know anyone in her class but took her time and now is friends with most of the class and socialises with some of them at the weekend. She keeps up with her old friends, this has been important for her but often she feels left out as she dosnt know who they are talking about from their school etc, but she has perservered and enjoys having the variety of friends that going to a different school to them has allowed her.
At first i know she wished she was with them at the comp but now she just loves all the opportunites her school offers her that she would not have been given at the comp, and she throws her self into these activites and is extremely positive about her school.
Your son will be fine. The experience will help him mature and it is good for our dc's to broaden their horizons. My dd feels that her old friends have not really moved on since primary as they still go to the school just down the road and know basically the same people they did at primary. I know she is proud that she has spread her wings and made new firends and been able to further her passions in a way she would not have done at the local school.