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Dropping out of sixth form? - November 22nd 2013, 12:49 AM

I have thought about this for awhile now, and I am seriously not enjoying it there. It is affecting my bipolar disorder and I just can't deal with that place.

Don't get me wrong I want to do the same subjects at A level as I am doing there but just at a different better college or sixth form.

Could I drop out now? We've been there a half a term. I have a part time job I could do till I can apply for another place.

Can I do that with the law of staying in school till I'm 17 ( I am now)?

I can't stay there for much longer...

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Re: Dropping out of sixth form? - November 22nd 2013, 03:38 AM

Can you start by letting us know which country you're in? That has an affect on the laws around school participation and things like that

Some general comments though. Have you approached the support team (counsellors or someone like that)? Often they have strategies that can help, and can liaise with administration and teachers.

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Re: Dropping out of sixth form? - November 22nd 2013, 12:39 PM

I am in England.. As far as I'm aware a law came in that i have to stay till im 17 until the summer... i can't be there anymore it's affecting everything in a negative way the only reason i want to stay is friends and unfortunately that's not an education.

I just want to go somewhere else next year..

I've talked to my tutor and he's trying to persuede me to stay if he talks to the teachers but that's not the problem, I don't like it there, never have. they've never been able to deal with my bipolar in a proper way and give me support. I tried talking to my school counsellor and got told to basically just get on with it...
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Re: Dropping out of sixth form? - November 22nd 2013, 02:40 PM

Hey there,

The best thing to do would probably to discuss this with your head of sixth form and let them know you'd like to leave. You don't have to tell them why if you're uncomfortable saying it's because of your disorder.

It also might be a good idea to speak to the student support staff like Mahray suggested. There might be procedures they can put in place to help you enjoy your time at the sixth and ensure that it's not affecting your bipolar disorder.

I know some colleges do short courses that start in January and last about 6 months so if you dropped out of the sixth form but the law means you need to do something until you're 17 then it could be worth looking into doing a short course if you really don't feel you can stay at the sixth form.

Hope this helps, take care
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