mandatory school age uk
You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:
In England, you can apply for a 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to help with education costs.
Your child must start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday – whichever comes first. If your child’s fifth birthday is on one of those dates then they reach compulsory school age on that date.
Contact the local council or school to ask for your child to start later. They’ll decide if your child should start in reception year or year 1, based on what’s in the best interests of your child.
Your parents, by law, must make sure that you are in full-time education from the term after your fifth birthday. This is called compulsory school age. From this age, you must either be in school or receive home education.
- children who will turn 5 between 1st January and 31st March are of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term after 1st April
- children who will turn 5 between 1st April and 31st August are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st September
- children who will turn 5 between 1st September and 31st December are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st January.
Children are required by law to receive full-time education at the start of the school term following their fifth birthday but have the opportunity to start in the reception year in the September following their fourth birthday. Children are normally admitted to the reception year at school in the September following their fourth birthday.
Owing to the current exceptional circumstances, there is very limited telephone access to the Pupil Services Team. For any queries, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If your child is still 4, you can delay your child’s admission to school until later in the school year.
If you are planning to delay your child’s start date until later in the school year, you must still apply for a place in the relevant admission round.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Today, students must continue education or training until the age of 18. However, students have a choice of whether to stay in full-time education or to choose a more vocational route, such as an apprenticeship.
The infographic below illustrates how the school leaving age has changed, since the first compulsory school leaving age up to today.
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Admissions authorities must decide whether to agree or refuse a request for this type of deferred admission on the basis of:
• the child’s needs
• and must take into account the views of the head teacher of the school applied for.
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Our aim is to support and promote parents’ rights to provide their children with the best education for each of them, as individuals.
Our name comes from the Education Act, which states that parents are responsible for their children’s education, ‘either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’ and we work to raise public awareness of the fact that education is compulsory, but school is not.