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Yeargroups

One of the most common questions asked by visitors not from England is 'What does Year 7, Year 8 and so on mean?'

These are the terms given to the different school years under the English education system.  From the table below, you can see how they compare to other systems.
Year Age range Scotland USA
Years 1-6 Ages 5 - 11 P1 - P6 kindergarden
Years 7 - 9 ages 11 - 14  P7 - S2 middle school grades 6 - 8
Years 10 - 11 ages 14 - 16  S3 - S4 high school grades 9 - 10
Years 12 - 13 ages 16 - 18  S5 - S6 high school grades 11 -

The terms used on this site are explained in a little more detail below:

Primary
- 5 to 11 year olds.  The years of Primary school where pupils cover Key Stages 1 and 2.
Year 7
- 11 to 12 year olds.  The first year after Primary School, and the beginning of Key Stage 3.
Year 8
- 12 to 13 year olds, middle of Key Stage 3.
Year 9
- 13 to 14 year olds, final year of Key Stage 3.  Pupils take SATs in English, Maths & Science.
GCSE
- 14 to 16 years olds.  Known as Key Stage 4,  and pupils select subjects to concentrate on.  Two year course.
A-Level
- 16 to 18 years olds.  Non-compulsory higher education where students study AS levels in Year 12 and A2 levels in Year 13.

 

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Page updated 23 January 2003

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