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Friendship at 11-14 Years Old

Friends are an important part of your life and sometimes things happen that can change your friendships or help you find new friends.

Moving schools

  • Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time, but it can be difficult if you are leaving friends behind or find yourself in a different class from your friends for the first time. It can can sometimes be a bit scary so talk to your friends if you feel worried or if you think they are worried about something
  • Remember true friends will stay friends even if they aren't together all the time or if they make new friends
  • You can still see your friends after school, on weekends or in school breaks
  • When you move schools, you will meet lots of new people and you might make some new friends, but it is important not to forget your old friends. Introduce them to your new friends
  • If you think a friend is having problems at school, talk to them and try and get them to talk to their parents or guardians or a teacher they trust


  • Around the ages 11-14 years old, your body will go through some physical changes as you go through puberty. See the section on PUBERTY for details of the changes and advice
  • Puberty can also mean you start feeling differently about yourself and can sometimes mean you might feel more emotional than usual. This is completely normal but you might want to talk to someone about what you are going through
  • Your friends will be going through a similar thing so try talking to them and be there for your friends if they want to talk to you too

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