uk school years
For example, if your child reaches compulsory school age on 31 March, they must start full-time education at the beginning of the next term (summer term that year).
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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In this text you will find general information on the education system in the UK. As there are separate education systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the actual ages etc. might vary a little.
Compulsory schooling begins at the age of five. Pupils first attend primary school, which lasts for six years. Often primary school in the UK is divided into infant school (the first two years) and junior school (the following 4 years).
Note that at Wolsey Hall we believe that children should study at the level best suited to the point they have reached in their studies, rather than their age. For example if your child is gifted in a particular subject, they may be able to start a Wolsey Hall course a year or so ahead of the school year they would be in had they been in a traditional school setting. Similarly, if your child needs extra support in a subject we may recommend they start a course at a lower level. This will help your child to set securely in place the knowledge and understanding they’ll need to proceed to the next level.
Please use the table below to find the suitable level of Wolsey Hall course for your child.
2. Download data for all England or by local authority, for any year back to 1991-1992. For 2014-2015, guidance documents are also available to download. We will be making copies of 2015-2016 guidance available for download as and when the currently published guidance is updated for 2016-2017.
1. We publish ‘performance over time’ data on school pages and in comparison tables, usually covering the last three years. This data might be published after the current year of data. Please see our publication timetable for details.
All children in England who are between 5 and 16 years old need to have full-time education that meets their needs. You can send your child to school or educate them yourself.
The national curriculum is a set of guidelines schools use to make sure children around the country learn the same things.
In Surrey all children between the ages of five and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. Most children will start school the September following their fourth birthday. However, children are not legally required to be in education until the beginning of the term after they turn five.
If you feel your child is not quite ready to start a full time school place you can ask for them to attend part time, or even defer entry until they reach the legally required age. If you decide to defer entry it cannot be beyond the start of the final term of the academic year that the offer was made. And, even if you defer your child’s school place you will still need to apply by the given deadline and must discuss this with the school’s headteacher.