The basic structure of the UK school system
The UK school system is divided into three phases:
- Primary: Children aged 5 to 11
- Secondary: Children aged 11 to 16
- Further: Children aged 16+ taking A levels, GNVQs, BTECs and other qualifications
It is compulsory for all children in the UK to attend school in the primary and secondary phases. Further education is optional. Students who wish to attend a college or university after school will need to complete their further education.
Types of schools in the UK
Schools in the UK are divided into state-funded and fee-paying. State-funded schools are free of charge and are usually called primary and secondary schools.
Grammar schools are state-funded secondary schools with specific admission criteria - they usually require all applicants to take a common entrance examination. Fee-paying private schools are generally called preparatory or senior schools.
Do you have specific needs?
If your child has special needs, you will most likely have very specific criteria and might need to consider looking for a school outside of your area. The same applies if your child has a specific talent or interest - you may want to look for a school with a specialised curriculum and facilities. You can still apply to schools outside of your local council area through your local council.
Below is a comprehensive breakdown of the most common types of schools in the UK:
|State boarding schools|
|Special needs schools|
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