Thursday 9 April 2020

School entry points in England

We are often asked what the difference is between a formal entry point to a school and an “in year” admission.

Generally speaking, there are three main entry points to the school system.

 

4+ :  Children who turn five between 1st September and 31st August will enter school – the Reception class – at the start of that school year.

11+ : Children who turn twelve between 1st September and 31st August will start secondary school – Year 7 – at the start of the school year.

16+ : Children who turn seventeen between 1st September and 31st August will start Year 12 – often called the sixth form – at the start of the school year.

 

4+ and 11+ are compulsory ages for school.  Children don’t need to be in school from 16+ onwards, but do need to be in some sort of education.