compulsory school age uk
If you turn 16 between 1 October and the end of February you can leave at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.
If you turn 16 during the school year (between 1 September and 1 July) you can leave school after 30 June.
For example, if your child reaches compulsory school age on 31 March, they must start full-time education at the beginning of the next term (summer term that year).
Children must stay in full-time education until they reach school leaving age.
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.
However, many children receive education from the age of 3 or 4 by attending a nursery group, playgroup or the nursery or reception class of a Primary School. It will be the choice of your parents whether you go to school before the age of 5.
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.
You have the right to send your child to school on a full-time basis from the September after they turn 4, providing they have been allocated a school place.
You can find more information in the primary education in Essex booklet.
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England – You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the beginning of September.
Please find below the information surrounding school leaving ages for each section of the UK.
Education is compulsory for all children who have reached the age of 4 on or before 1 July.
In the first two years of primary school your child will experience the same sort of learning and activities they were used to in their early years – this is called the Foundation Stage. The next two years are called Key Stage 1 (P3 and P4) and the next three years are known as Key Stage 2 (P5, P6 and P7). On completion of seven years of primary education, children transfer to post primary schools at the age of 11.
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.
Our aim is to support and promote parents’ rights to provide their children with the best education for each of them, as individuals.