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Education and Schools
Introduction Education is free and compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 - 16. Children's education in England is normally divided into two separate stages. They begin with primary education at the age of five and this usually lasts until they are eleven. Then they move to secondary school, there they stay until they reach sixteen, seventeen or eighteen years of age.
At what age do children start school in Britain? The statutory school age in England, Wales and Scotland is from 5 years to 16 years. Children attend primary school for seven years, where they study English, mathematics, science, Religious education, art, history, geography, music, crafts, physical education, information technology (computers) and a foreign language.
At what age do children leave school? -At the age of 16, students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland take an examination called the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). -After completing the GCSE, some students leave school, others go onto technical college, whilst others continue at high school for two more years and take a further set of standardized exams, known as A levels, in three or four subjects. These exams determine whether a student is eligible for university.
Types of schools in England comprehensive schools grammar schools
The School Year EVENT ENGLAND SCOTLAND School Year Begins Approx 4 September Approx 20 August Sept Weekend - Fri & Mon of 3rd wk in Sept October 5 days (Wk 3 or 4) 5 days (Wk 2 or 3) Christmas 2 weeks 2 weeks February 5 days 1 day Easter 2 weeks 2 weeks May day 1 day 1 day May (end of) 5 days - School Year Ends 3rd week in July Last week in June
School Terms in England (Kent) Term 1 September to October 7 weeks 2 days Term 2 November to December 7 weeks Term 3 January to February 5 weeks 4 days Term 4 February to March 6 weeks Term 5 April to May 5 weeks 2 days Term 6 June to July 7 weeks 2 days Total days 195 days
On what days do children attend school? The children attend school from Monday to Friday, from 08:55 - 15:15. The school usually begins with registrations.
Time Table 9:00 1st Period 10:00 2nd Period 11:00 - 11:20 Break (a snack and games) 11:20 3rd Period 12:30 4th Period 1:30 - 2:10 Lunch (a packed lunch from home or dinners in the School Canteen) 2:10 5th Period 3:10 End of School
Subjects Maths PE English French or Spanish Science ICT Drama Music Art Humanities (History, Geography and Religion)
Extra-curricular activities Computers Country Dancing Football Newspaper Reporters Choir Drama Cross Country
What is registration? The attendance of every child attending school each morning and afternoon is recorded in a special book. The teacher reads out each child’s name in turn. On hearing his/her name, the child replies 'yes Mrs. (teacher's name)' and the teacher notes down in the book whether the child is in school or not.
What is a comprehensive school? Nearly 88 per cent of secondary school pupils in England go to comprehensive schools, as do all pupils in Wales. These take children of all abilities and provide a wide range of secondary education for all or most of the children in a district from 11 to 16 or 18. All children in Scotland go to non selective schools.
What is grammar school? Grammar Schools are selective, they offer academically oriented general education. Entrance is based on a test of ability, usually at 11. Grammar schools are single sexed schools i.e. Children either go to a boys Grammar School or a Girls Grammar School. There are grammar schools in Northern Ireland and some parts of England.