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About schools

The school system in the UK is split between primary education usually from age 5 to 11 and Secondary (Post-Primary in Northern Ireland) from 11 to 16 or 18 some.

Within the state school or government funded education system there may be a number of types of school in your area. Here are our guides to the different types of school and information about how state schools are funded.


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The school admission process

How and when to apply for a place, and what to do if you don't get your choice of school. Find out more
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Academies

Academies are non-selective, so anyone can apply for a place for their child. Some academies specialise in particular academic fields, such as science or the performing arts. Find out more
News, views and FAQs

In the news: Free schools are now the best in the country

'Whilst the free school movement has suffered blips along the way - several new schools have failed - within the space of five years they have become the top performing state schools in the country.' Read article from The Telegraph.

Which schools my child can go to?

If you want your child to go to a state school, then the best place to start is the ‘schools information pack’ provided by your local authority. Find out more in our guides to choosing a school.

How are academies different from other state-funded schools?

Academies are publicly-funded independent schools. That means they receive finances directly from government. As a result, the Local Authority (LA) in the area doesn’t have a say on how individual academies use their funding. Read more about academies and multi-academy trusts (MATS) in Understanding Education

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