Transition from High School

Transition from School

“We believe that every student who comes to us has amazing potential - it’s our job to work with you so that you can unlock that potential. Life here at Winstanley will be new and challenging, but don’t worry; our main aim is to help you be the best you can be.”

Louise Tipping, Principal

Starting college can be both an exciting and anxious time. Often any worries are quickly overcome but sometimes leaving friends and familiar places and routines can feel different and even at times make us feel lonely. Try to keep the things that are familiar and make you feel secure in mind, and use them to move forward.

Starting college will provide exciting opportunities for new experiences and rewards. College might seem quite different to your school and it can take a little time to feel part of new surroundings. Some students enjoy the increased independence but for others it can be a bit overwhelming at first. If you find it difficult to adapt to a new way of learning, we have Study Support Tutors on hand and our Independent Learning Library Assistants (ILLAs) can help you to organise your time and develop new routines. Perhaps you’re starting college with a pre-existing issue or difficulty that you need support with, don’t worry, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us before you start and there’s lots of help, you can always talk to your PT for advice and support, Student Services for any practical help or the college welfare and counselling support.

It may take time to make new friends but remember that others are feeling the same, even if they look ok on the outside. A good way to make new contacts is by joining clubs and we have a wide range of enrichment activities where you can have fun, gain new skills and get to know other people. There’s always times in life when things are more challenging, but give yourself time and try not get overwhelmed. It’s important to look after yourself by eating well and getting enough sleep, and remember that sometimes things are just different to what we expected and will usually feel better with time and sharing how we’re feeling. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Winstanley!


Help in college

We have lots of people that can help you settle in when you come to Winstanley. When you first come to college you will be welcomed by your Personal Tutor. They are here to support and guide you through your time at college so please talk to them and ask their advice.

There’s also our Safeguarding Team:

Help outside of college

CBT– I coach

App store - help to improve sleep habits and develop positive sleep routines.

Happyhealthy - An app with exercises helping to make more mindful decisions.

Headspace  - An app based on teaching mindfulness & meditation to improve wellbeing.

Hub of hope - A national mental health database, useful to find services near you.

Anxiety UK

08444775774 Txt: 07537416905

A national charity aiming to provide information and support for those living with anxiety.

The Mix

0808 808 4994

UK's leading support for under 25’s

Young Minds

0808 802 5544 Leading UK charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing & mental health in young people.

If you need urgent help

Ask your GP for an emergency appointment. Most GPs have a 24 hour ‘out of hours’ telephone number.

Go to the accident and emergency (A&E) or casualty department of the local hospital. You can call emergency services 999 You can call NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

Winstanley College FAQs on Study Support