In this Tag Archive you can find all of the articles on our site related to the UK School System: and the parts it is made up of.

The UK School System covers about 13 – 15 years of schooling. Most children start a form of schooling at Nursery level, by the age of 3. From Nursery to Reception usually involves starting in a more formalised schooling system. Then the real choices are made. Some parents make use of state-funded schooling for the first few years, while others choose only independent schools. Some parents only use state-funded schools. Parents also have various options. Firstly, primary school, pre-preparatory school or preparatory school, followed by secondary school, sixth form or college.

State-funded schools have to abide by the National Curriculum and other statutory requirements. Independent schools have much more freedom. We try and provide a balanced view of the UK School System through our articles in this archive. With a clear focus on private school and grammar school entrance, these systems might be highlighted slightly more.

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Best schools Northern Ireland league table 2021

Find the best schools Northern Ireland league table 2021 listed below.   Here’s our Best Welsh schools 2021 and also our Top Scottish schools 2021. Then next our Best West Midlands schools 2021 and our good East Anglia schools 2021. And then next are our Best North East schools 2021. Next our Top Schools South East 2021 and top schools East Midlands 2021. Also our Best North…

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Best Welsh schools 2021

Find the best Welsh schools 2021 listed below. No other school has pulled off a transformation on the same scale as Ysgol Y Preseli, our Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade. En route to winning one of our unique awards for this pandemic year, the 800-pupil bilingual school has soared nearly 300 places in…

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Best Scottish schools 2021

Find the best Scottish schools 2021 listed below. East Renfrewshire breaks new ground in this year’s Parent Power as the first local authority to have all of its secondary schools in our rankings of the top 100 schools in Scotland. Good Scottish schools 2021 Three of its seven schools, southwest of Glasgow – St Ninian’s…

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Best West Midlands schools 2021

Features of the best West Midlands schools 2021 listed below. King Edward VI School, is Shakespeare’s school in Stratford-upon-Avon, is The Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Decade. It has shown the greatest improvement over the past 10 years. From 93rd place in 2011, it reached 12th place last year. King Edward School in…

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Best North East schools 2021

Summary features of the best North East schools 2021 are listed below. Durham is clearly the region’s educational hotspot. It has the fewest schools overall in our state and independent rankings But it still manages to have a small number of the best schools in the country, achieving the highest grades at A-level and GCSE.…

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Best Schools South East 2021

Summary features of the best schools south east schools 2021 listed below. 244 high-performing state and independent schools featuring in our rankings, contributes four of our 26 Schools of the Decade. 133 of the 500 top-performing state secondary schools are to be found in the southeast Yet the appetite for independent education is huge, with…

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Best schools North West 2021

Features of the best schools North West 2021 listed below. A strong showing for primary schools in the northwest in this year’s Parent Power rankings. Took 81 / 500 of the Sunday Times places… Made up of 50 state secondary schools and 31 independents from the northwest. So the north west is one of the leading…

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Best Northern Schools 2021

Find a comprehensive list of the Best Northern schools 2021 below. Competition in education is fierce in Yorkshire with a three-way tussle for supremacy between the independent, grammar and comprehensive sectors. Some of the best schools in the country are to be found here — underlined by the award of three Schools of the Decade in…

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Best East Anglia schools 2021

Summary features of the Best East Anglia schools 2021 listed below. The digital learning revolution came early to the Stephen Perse Foundation, our East Anglia Independent School of the Decade. Former headteacher Tricia Kelleher, who retired last summer, brought in screens alongside books nearly 10 years ago, posting a series of lessons on iTunes, available…

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Best London Schools 2021

Find the list for the Best London schools 2021 below. This year, London represented 86 of the top 500 state secondaries and 65 of the best independent schools. Top of the London Schools Table  St Paul’s Girls’ School has topped the Sunday Times independent school rankings for nine years straight.  Similarly, Barnet’s highly selective boys’…

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Best schools East Midlands 2021

Read more below as to which are the Best Schools East Midlands 2021. Eight of the top 10 state secondary schools in the East Midlands are part of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools, led by Caistor Grammar School, The Sunday Times East Midlands State Secondary School of the Decade. Over the past 10 years,…

Asking for a private school bursary

What are the key points to remember when asking for a private school bursary? Want to send your child to private school, but don’t have the necessary funds? We give you some top private school bursary tips below. Asking for a private school bursary The cost of private schools continues to increase above the rate…

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Virtual Sixth Form Open Days

Times have changed. You can no longer just phone up a chosen school or attend a few different Sixth Forms that seem of interest. As most of the world has moved online, so has school applications. This, of course, includes open days turning into virtual open evenings and virtual video tours. This is not all…

Our Top 11 Plus Application Tips

Everything you need to know – here are our 11 Plus application tips. * * * CONTENT UPDATED OCTOBER 2020 * * * 11 Plus Application Tips Plus, the differences in your grammar school application are detailed below. Grammar schools are state secondary schools which select their pupils by means of an examination taken by…

What are the GCSE pass marks?

The focus of this page is What are the GCSE pass marks? * * * CONTENT UPDATED OCTOBER 2020 * * * It’s might all seem slightly confusing, but there are two pass marks. A 4 is a standard pass and 5 is a strong pass. This means that a candidate who gets nine grade-4s has, technically, passed all…

International School Placement

International School Placement

Have you ever imagined what it must be like to be sent away to boarding school in a different country? Coping with being away from childhood friends. Separated from family. Perhaps speaking and learning in a new language? Really tough, without a doubt. Yet parents from all over the world consider a UK independent boarding…

Home Education for 11 plus

Home schooling Montessori

Home learning /Home schooling Montessori are not new concepts. Many parents opt for this even when the schools are open. There are also various approaches to this. Parents that choose to home educate are usually not fond of the term homeschooling. Parents that home educate do so for different reasons. You may in fact elect…

Using EdTech to Ace the 11+

EdTech School Entrance Exams

Murray Morrison is the creator of Tassomai, an online learning platform that embeds knowledge and helps children prepare for exams like the 11+ and 13+. Murray explains how regular retrieval practice through platforms like Tassomai builds solid foundations and ensures students go into their entrance exams confident and ready to get their best possible results.…

Great British Intelligence Test

Tutor or Online Learning Platform?

Tutoring is a profession now with its own Association. The Tutors’ Association, which is an open, democratic, not-for-profit, professional body. It: Has a membership of highly qualified professionals. From various fields of academia, teaching and other vocations. Sets standards Holds its members accountable to a code of professional ethics. The best tutors care about their…

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School open days 2020

When do school open days take place and what do I look for at school open days are answered in the blog below. School Open Days Is your child starting secondary school next September? As you know, applications for secondary schools for September 2020 start is 31 October 2019. Therefore, open days are usually held…

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Free Private Schools Fees Scheme

There is a free private schools fees scheme that promotes access to London’s independent school sector amongst those who cannot afford to pay termly fees. Choose the school that will suit your child the best, not the one that he or she is “expected” to attend or one that can give the parent a glow…

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Brexit effect on children

How will Brexit affect British school children? It isn’t just adults who are affected by protracted Brexit negotiations. Children are too. Some are under the impression there is no longer any point learning a language. Others are simply worried that Europeans will no longer like them. According to a recent report from the British Council,…

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Boarding schools guide

Welcome to our Boarding Schools Guide, including the new low-cost private schools being introduced. Most people experience school through the eyes of a day scholar. However, there are cases where it’s viable to send a child to live at school as a boarder. A residential school where students live as well as study during the…