The school years in the UK run from 1st of September to the 31st of August. The years in schools are numbered sequentially from infants to college entry. However, the first year is not included and is called reception. Children in the UK usually go to school when they turn 5. Usually, they start school when they are 4 years old. Children starting secondary school now have to stay on until they are 17 years old.
|Age at end of year||Name of the year group||Key stage||Average attainment level at the end of stage||Exams|
|14||Year 9||3||5 to 6|
|16||Year 11||4||6 to 7||GCSE|
|17||Year 12||5||AS Level|
|18||Year 13||5||A Level, Diploma|
The children are divided into key stage groups with a curriculum for each stage. At the end of each of the stages children may take SAT’s (statutory assessment tests) and often parents look for a tutor as their child comes up to one of these test dates.