uk compulsory school age
You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.
If you turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September you can leave school after 31 May of that year.
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.
However, many children receive education from the age of 3 or 4 by attending a nursery group, playgroup or the nursery or reception class of a Primary School. It will be the choice of your parents whether you go to school before the age of 5.
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.
School in the UK is compulsory between the ages of five and sixteen. Children younger than five can go to a toddler group (accompanied by a parent), playgroup or nursery school.
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).
If you are planning to delay your child’s start date until later in the school year, you must still apply for a place in the relevant admission round.
See when your child can start school.
Owing to the current exceptional circumstances, there is very limited telephone access to the Pupil Services Team. For any queries, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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