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How to make friends in Sixth Form


Many of you will have been at your secondary schools since Year 7, so this will be a big change!

Chances are, it’s been a while since you’ve needed to make new friends at school.

There’s no right or wrong in this topic and no specific art to it.

A good tip is always to be yourself, and Sixth Form may also give you the chance for a fresh start. The best thing about a dedicated Sixth Form is that everyone will be more or less in the same situation.

Have a look at some of our tips:

1. Speak to people in your classes

This may seem obvious, but it is a useful tip. You may find people who have interests in common, and one thing you will have in common is that everyone’s new to the class.

2. Meet your friends’ friends

This may potentially give you access to a whole new range of people, and best of all, you’re meeting them through people you already know and like.

3. Speak to Someone Who’s on Their Own

Chances are, there may be people who don’t know anyone – use this as an opportunity to say hello.

The Bedford Sixth students in school corridor

4. Be Approachable

You won’t be the only person feeling shy or a little overwhelmed. Keep your body language open and smile.

5. Ask Open Questions

People like talking about themselves and their interests. Asking open questions (how, why etc.) and avoiding yes/no conversations can be useful in getting to know someone.

6. Join Clubs and Societies

This is another way to find people who share your interest and hobbies – giving you something to talk about.

See you soon

Whatever you decide to do, look at this change as positive and feel excited for your next steps - we're looking forward to meeting you!