Oh, bless him
! I definitely felt more of a sense of belonging at primary school than at secondary school. My secondary school was fine, but it had over 700 pupils. My primary school only had about 100 pupils, and I knew everyone's name and they knew mine, and I knew their families because at that age we were usually dropped off at and collected from school by parents - which would have been considered the uncoolest thing ever at secondary school! Also, at primary school you aren't so bothered about being "cool" generally. In the first year of secondary school, we all turned up in school blazers and felt quite proud of ourselves, but, from the second year onwards, anything with a school name on it was a no-no, and plain black coats and jumpers (permitted alternatives to the official school ones) were worn instead.
I think it was because being into official school things suggested that you were a swot, a geek, a creep, and various other "undesirable" things
. That never seemed to bother us when we were at primary school, but I suppose it's more of a teenage thing.