school age england
Children must stay in full-time education until they reach school leaving age.
Contact the local council or school to ask for your child to start later. They’ll decide if your child should start in reception year or year 1, based on what’s in the best interests of your child.
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- “I can’t wait to leave school!”
- “Why do we have to leave school?”
Whether you love it or hate it (or just think that you do) there comes a time when everyone has to leave their school. What’s interesting, is how this time has changed over the years in England to make our school leaving age what it is today.
But there are plenty of things that need to happen before schools can reopen – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there were some “big ifs”.
They have said they want children to go back to the classroom but believe plans to reopen primary schools in England do not have adequate safety measures and need to be halted.