Understanding the UK School System

Understanding the school system in the UK is key when choosing where to buy a house.



State Schools


Attended by 93% of children in the UK for free, from ages 5-18.


Primary School: Ages 5-11

Secondary Comprehensive: Ages 11-18

Secondary Grammar: Ages 11-18



Grammar Schools


Grammar Schools were introduced in the UK to make space for academically gifted children to be taught at a higher level, but without the need to pay anything for their education. There are 163 Grammar Schools in the UK. Who gets to attend is decided by sitting the ‘11-plus’ examination. Those achieving a pass grade of 80% or above will be given the opportunity to attend their local Grammar School.


Independent School


These are fee paying schools which charge anything from £5,000-£50,000 per term. Famous examples include Eton, Harrow and Winchester. The children who attend these schools often go on to attend top positions in Business, Politics and The Arts.


Examinations


GCSE: Age 16

A-levels: Age 18

Those achieving the best grades at A-level will have their pick of the best Universities.


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