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Do you care which school you get into?

Pupils at work

Lots of Year 6 kids in England will find out on Monday what secondary school they've got a place at.

Some pupils will be happy, others might not be so pleased.

So we wondered, does it matter what school you go to? Maybe you didn't get the school you wanted but it turned out OK?

Or maybe you've moved house or primary school to make sure you'll get a place at the school you want?

And does it matter if your friends are going to the same secondary school or not?

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Your comments

"Yes, because I'd like to be with my friends. Luckily my first choice was the school I went to. But I think that people should go to the school of their choosing so they will be with their friends and have a fun time learning."

Freya, 12, Kent, England

"We don't get put into high school, we just have to apply for one and if there is enough space we get in. In my school you usually go to one certain secondary school afterwards, which all of my class are going to."

Lauren, 11, Glamorgan, Wales

"When I first started secondary school, I was the only one from my old class that was going to that particular school. I didn't want to go to the school that all my friends were going to, but I knew that I would be making lots of new friends, so I wasn't worried at all!"

Veronica, 13, Worcester, England

"I am not bothered what school I go to but I prefer the school I am in because all my friends are there and the teachers are nice."

Bethany, 10, Newcastle, England

"I only chose my secondary school because most of my friends were going, but now I hate it and I wish that I chose the school that I wanted to go to."

Lauren, 11, Bradford, England

"I'm not really bothered about which school I get in to. I don't care about the fact that my friends are going to other ones, I'll just make new ones!"

Thomas, 11, Stockport, England

"I got into the school of my choice and I was really happy. I could have gone to another school but it has a bad reputation."

Sarah, 15, Glasgow, Scotland

"I didn't care as I got in my first choice. However even if I hadn't, my friends are all going to my second choice."

Katie, 11, England

"I have got my first choice because my brother goes there."

Diana, 11, London, England

"I don't care what school I go to because at the end of the day they all teach you things."

Amy, 12, Lincolnshire, England

"I don't care just so long as I get into the school my friends go to."

Jade, 10, Surrey, England

"I really like the school I go to but all my friends are going to a different school to me and I don't know anyone going to my school!"

Helen, 11, Leeds, England

"I was really happy about the school I got into but my best friend is going to my third-choice school, and I am really upset."

Hannah, 10, London, England

"Before I got the letter saying which school I was going to I was really excited because I thought my best friend would get in too. But, when I got into school, I found out she didn't have a place there! The school is really good but it won't be the same, especially when there are only two other pupils from my school going there with me!"

Karima, 11, Northampton, England

"Yes, I think it does matter because you have to enjoy school to learn. If you don't like your school then you can't learn properly."

Caroline, 13, Dorset, England

"Yeah, it's important to know which school you go to because you are going to be there for the next couple of years. So you might as well enjoy it."

Abbiera, 13, London, England

"I am in Year 7 now but last year I wasn't too worried because my school is feeder to the one I wanted to go to - and I got in!!!"

Justine, 12, Cheshire, England

"I am already in high school. You think it's bad at first but it's not. You get to make new friends and get used to it after a bit."

Katie, 11, Wales

"We just get to go to whatever school we want to and nobody chooses which school we go to."

Cara, 11, Scotland

"I don't think it's very nice. If you were triplets you love each other, right, so it won't be very nice and you won't be very happy."

Rosie, 7, Worcestershire, England

"I think if you really want to go to the school of your choice, you should study hard and try your best. Then you have a better chance to get to the school of your choice."

Sonia, 11, London, England

"I do care which school I go to because it will affect my future and I want to feel safe and happy where I am."

Sidrah, 11, Bradford, England

"I really want to find out mine but I haven't received any news yet!! Luckily, all my mates are going, but I'm still not uncrossing my fingers just yet!!"

Sanjidha, 12, London, England

"I found out what high school I got into, it was my first choice and all my friends are going there so I couldn't be happier. I'm lucky to be in the catchment area for it though."

Kim, 10, Huddersfield, England

"I DO care about which school I get into because it will have an affect on my future."

Drina, 9, London, England

"I got into the school of my choice but I really panicked that I wouldn't get into the school I wanted."

Rebecca, 11, Manchester, England

"I got offered the school I put as my second choice, and so did my mates. The school isn't bad at all! It's just that I want to appeal for my fave school and I'm on the waiting list. My mates got offered the same one as me, and we are all happy to go to the school we were offered, as long as we can stick together! Cos' we have done for seven years!"

Rhiannon, 10, Cheshire, England

"I got into the school of my choice and we didn't have to appeal. I think that the catchment area is stupid as people can end up being separated from their best mates."

Charlotte, 12, Nottingham, England

"It was really important to me. I just got my results and I got into a grammar school which made me happy. My best friend is going to the same one as me so that was good."

Beth, 11, Warwickshire, England

"It doesn't really matter much for me. I'd like to go to the local school because it's where my friends are going, but the other school that's an option is where my mum used to go, so I didn't mind either way."

Molly, 11, Ipswich, England

"I got into grammar school with all my best friends except one!! But I'll always keep in touch with her. I was so thrilled when I received my letter."

Nida, 10, Bournemouth, England

"I think if you put a particular school down you should get in. if I don't get a place my mum will appeal, no matter what."

Ellie, 11, London, England

"It is nice to have a friend on the first day, but you develop more friends. I am nervous, because I find out today!"

Emily, 11, UK

"I got into the school I wanted to but I haven't heard about my friends yet, but I don't care - I'm going to make new friends!"

Emily, 11, Stockport, England

"I am so excited about moving up to secondary school and I hope to go to a school not many of my friends are going to. Now I'm just waiting for my letter and I hope it comes soon."

Leigh, 11, Bristol, England

"I got into my first choice school last year, but only after we appealed because it is quite far away and we live outside the catchment area. My best mates all went to that school too."

Becky, 12, Nottinghamshire, England

"I think if you are in one school and your friends are in another school, then it is a bad idea because you could get separated from your friends, especially your best friend."

Amy, 12, New Zealand

"I did care what school I went to. My new school is quite far away and I have to get up around 6am/6.30am. But I don't really mind because everyone says it's such a good school!"

Akousa, 12, Bromley, England

"I cared which school I got into as I wanted to go somewhere I would enjoy. I don't mind leaving friends as I'll make lots of new ones and keep in touch with my old mates too."

Olivia, 14, Devon, England

"I think it doesn't really matter if you are with your friends or not because you always make lots of new ones when you move to secondary school. I have just got into the school I wanted but I don't know anyone who goes there!"

Katie, 10, Northampton, England

"I'm not at the school I wanted to go to but I am now halfway through the year and I'm LOVING it!!"

Georgina, 11, Basingstoke, England

"I'm in year 10 now but when I was in Year 6 I didn't care. There was only one school close by that I got guaranteed entry for."

Dan, 14, London, England

"I don't really mind what school I get into as long as there's good equipment and I'm with my friends."

Safilen, 13, Worcestershire, England

"I found out I'm going to the school I wanted to go to. So I'm really happy."

Bridget, 11, Newcastle, England

"It does matter which school you go to because you want to be with your friends and there's no point being with pupils you don't even know."

Sophie, 10, Darlington, England

"I don't mind as long as it's one of my choices."

Danni, 12, Swindon, England

"It doesn't matter as long as you try hard, work to the best of your ability and make the most of your time at school!"

Daniel, 12, Hampshire, England

"I am in Year 5 and I need to choose where I want to go next year. I'm really nervous because I have no idea where I want to go."

Lilly, 10, Warwick, England

"I get to choose what school I can go to because there is no over-crowding where I live."

Connie, 11, Scotland

"I remember when I left my primary school... as long as I went to the same school as my friends I didn't care."

Chloe, 13, England

"First, I didn't get into the school that I wanted because I was out of the catchment area and I was really sad. But I got a place in the end and I'm so glad I did."

Charlotte, 11, England

"I just got the email today saying I got into the school I wanted for doing the test ,but it wasn't the 11+, it was a logic test."

Leah, 11, England

"I am hopefully going to a secondary school just 15 minutes away from my house, but I am going to have to register seeing as I am not in the local area. It would be horrible not to get a place at that secondary school because most of my friends are going there."

Gabriella, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I am quite excited because my letter should be delivered through the post early tomorrow morning. AAAHHH!"

Poppy, 11, Dudley, England

"Yes, because I'd like to be with my friends. Luckily, the first choice I picked was the school I went to. But I think that people should go to the school of their choice so they will be with their friends and have a fun time learning all different things (with the help of their friends). I am glad to be with my friends and the school of my choice but I think they should change the rule where you're randomly picked into a school no matter where the school is."

Suzanna, 12, Surrey, England

"I was really happy when I was told what school I was going to today!"

Bethany, 10, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"I was so happy last year when I got into the school I wanted that I cried! But none of my friends got in. But now I have lots of good new ones!"

Anna-Maria, 12, Kent, England

"I kind of had to get into the school I wanted because I needed to go as a boarder as my parents are going abroad. I am pleased to say I did get in!"

Hattie, 11, Essex, England

"I would really mind - because if all of your friends go to one school and you go to another then you would feel really upset."

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I'm in year 8 now but when I had to choose my school, I got my second choice which was where all of my friends were going so I'm not bothered that I didn't get my first choice - I love my secondary school!"

Matthew, 12, Sunderland, England

"I care because if you go to a good school and get good results you can get into a good university."

Sophie, 12, Wales

"I got into a top grammar school but I had to leave all my friends behind. But I am thankful and lucky that I got an admission and not many others did, so I am upset."

Lakita, 12, Kent, England

"I would like to get into a particular school because it is the only non-Christian school I have heard of since I moved over to Ireland."

Rory, 10, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I do mind which school I go to. I am in Year 6 and I am going to be finding out which school I go to this week. I think it does matter which school you go to because of transport and how far away you live, you might live far away and not have a car to get you to school. And another point is that you want to be with your friends. People always say that you will make new friends, but you always want to be with your best friend. I think me and my best friend have a very good chance."

Katie, 11, Shropshire, England

"It matters because if you didn't get your first choice you could end up going to somewhere a mile away - even if you live across the road from another one. I haven't found out yet and I can't wait!"

Georgie, 11, London, England

"I started secondary school last year and remember very clearly how excited I was when I got the school of my choice, but now I don't know if this is the school for me."

Georgina, 11, London, England

"I think it doesn't matter what school you go to so long as you get taught and the teachers are willing to teach you."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"I care what school I get into because I want to be with some people I know and that I know I can be comfortable with where I have to go to learn."

Ellen, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"I got into the school I wanted, but most of my friends all went to a different school together. I only see two of my old friends every day, but I see my best friends from my old school at least once a week. I am really happy that I got into the school I wanted because I can walk to school easier."

Maddey, 12, North Yorkshire, England

"In Scotland we get to choose which school we go to, usually just the closest or the best one in the area. I went to high school with all my friends and no one was split up which was good."

Beth, 13, Scotland

"It matters loads what school you go to. You're going to be spending five years of your life there. It doesn't really matter if you don't know anybody when you get there because you can make new friends. It's about if the school is good or not."

Bethan, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"My parents wanted me to go to a private school - all my friends go to another. My school's way too posh, I feel really uncomfortable there."

Callum, 14, Scotland

"Of course I care, most secondary schools around here are absolutely rubbish. I got into a grammar school (and don't want to sound like a snob) but I would have hated to go to a normal school. There are a lot more disruptive children in those classes which is really the main difference."

Amy, 14, Essex, England

"I do personally care about what school I go to, because I need to know if that school has a high reputation for learning standards or not."

Tasarla, 11, Norfolk, England

"Well I haven't got my letter to tell me yet so hopefully I will get a place at a grammar school I want!!"

Anika, 11, Rugby, England

"I got into the school I wanted but my two best friends have each got into different schools. I am so sad."

Izzy, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I remember waiting to find out which school I was going to. Luckily I got into a good private school as I passed the exam. I would have been very upset if I hadn't."

Ian, 13, London, England

"I don't really mind, I'm happy just going to the local comprehensive."

Mark, 11, Newcastle, England

"I do care what school I get into. I really wanted to get into my brother's school but instead I got a reply from a girls' school. I didn't want to go to a girls' school because most of the girls there aren't my type which makes it scary."

Nahida, 11, London, England

"I'm really happy because today I have found out that I got a scholarship to one of the top schools in London. I'll be boarding and moving away from my family but I'm still very happy!"

Thomas, 11, London, England

"I go to an international school so I am happy with the school I am in."

Nathan, 13, Switzerland

"I care about the school I go to because I want to do well. Even though I care about where I'm going, I think it's more important to do the best you can at the school you go to."

Lana, 11, Wolverhampton, England

"I am really happy. I got into the secondary school I wanted to, my friends are also going there, so I am really happy."

Jenny, 13, York, England

"Yes, definitely. I am going to a performing arts private school in London!"

Hannah, 11, Dublin, Ireland

"My sibling is going to high school in September so I am hoping that we will both be at the same school."

Jenny, 13, Warrington, England

"I was going to go to a private school. I took the entrance exam but then I got a letter saying I hadn't got in. So now I go to a normal school which isn't private."

Alice, 11, England

"I do care! I am really happy because I just found out today I got into the school I want!! My best friend got in too so I am really excited about September!"

Aisling, 11, Ireland

"It kinda mattered for me. I wanted to go to (I don't want to sound like a snob here) a grammar school - if I didn't I would have gone to another one which my brother said is rough and I think I would have got bullied there. But I didn't really mind leaving my friends as we still kept in contact and it was a chance to get some new ones."

Emma, 14, Kent, England

"I was lucky to get into my private school, but I would have been distraught if I hadn't. Two friends of mine were put on the waiting list, and are still awaiting the reply. I hope they will get in too."

Thomas, 11, Surrey, England

"Yes, I do care - because I want to be with my mates."

Jade, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"Of course I do! I don't know anyone who wouldn't because you obviously want to get a good education so you don't want to go to a school that doesn't teach you anything at all. I'm home-schooled anyway!"

Reuben, 14, Kent, England

"Well I didn't really care but I got to go to the school which I wanted to go to and I got to go to the school where I can be with all my friends."

Lois, 12, Bristol, England

"I am already in Year 8, so this doesn't matter to me much. Some people I know are very scared though!"

Liam, 12, London, England

"I think it does matter because maybe you want to be with your old friends from primary school."

Dena, 15, London, England

"Me and my older sister got immediately accepted into our school. Our dad went there. Some grammar schools I know only let you in if you've got an A or B1 on the 11+ but it's different now since they got rid of it."

Kerry, 14, Ireland

"I wanted to go to one school, but I got into another. I was upset, but at least I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to catch the train!! I get a lovely warm bus!"

Freya, 12, Kent, England