1. For God's sake- TALK TO PEOPLE!
Seriously, talk to everyone. The shy do not thrive in secondary schools- so start conversations whereaver you are, always be willing to talk openly to people, and most importantly always be positive. Nobody likes a whiner.
2. NO MASSIVE RUCKSACKS!
Many first year students make the fatal mistake of wearing oversized bacpacks twice their size, because they are "practical" and are bullied mercilessly for years afterwards. (Trust me, I've been there. In Year 7 I used to put my PE kit in my backpack and it looked like I had a small child in there)
3. GO GOODY TWO SHOES
Okay well don't go full out 'prim and proper' but in all honesty, it's just easier to just get things like homework out of the way so you don't have a million follow-up detentions after that. That way you might actually have time to socialise.
4. BE A TEACHER'S PET
You don't have to bring them apples or offer to get them cups of tea, but even without realising it, teachers are slightly biased, and if all it takes to get you onto their good side is a little manners, I say it's definitely worth it.
5. DON'T WORRY TOO MUCH
Things matter a lot more at the time than they will in a few years, so whatever's bothering you at school, don't stress about it too much. To be honest, no one cares about your GCSEs past the age of 20 and all you need to not get bullied at school, is to be able to shout insults back.
So there you have it, I hope you can all take something from that list. Comment question of the day: What's your best advice for surviving school? Or if not school, just life in general? Comment below!