school age in uk
Children born between 1 April and 31 August can start the September after they turn 5.
Your child must start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday – whichever comes first. If your child’s fifth birthday is on one of those dates then they reach compulsory school age on that date.
Your parents, by law, must make sure that you are in full-time education from the term after your fifth birthday. This is called compulsory school age. From this age, you must either be in school or receive home education.
- children who will turn 5 between 1st January and 31st March are of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term after 1st April
- children who will turn 5 between 1st April and 31st August are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st September
- children who will turn 5 between 1st September and 31st December are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st January.
Age 3–5. Y0. Nursery / Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)
Y = School years
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Children are required by law to receive full-time education at the start of the school term following their fifth birthday but have the opportunity to start in the reception year in the September following their fourth birthday. Children are normally admitted to the reception year at school in the September following their fourth birthday.
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.
There are usually two types of school leavers:
Children are also entitled to free early education from the age of three and some may be entitled to free childcare and early education from the age of two. For more information see our pages on early education.
All children in England between the ages of four and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. Our schools are an important part of our local communities and have earned a reputation for offering high quality education.