Schools and education
School education in the UK is free in the state schools, and consists of these main stages:
reception year – starting from 4 years of age. This is not compulsory.
primary education – 5 to 11 years old, where 5 is the start of the compulsory education
secondary education – 11 to 16 years old
further education (sometimes called Sixth Form/College) – 16 to 18 years old
Children in the UK must legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 18 years old.
In this section, you can find information on how to register for schools and universities in the UK.