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Find the age of the child. If the child is 6, use the row for 6. You can see from this that if the child attends a school in England and is 6 between September and August, he will be in Y1 at the KS1 stage of education. In Scotland those children aged 6 between 1st September and 29th February will be in P2, but those who will be 6 between 1st March and 31st August will be in P1. Same for for NI, although the cut off date for the school year is 30th June.

Table showing comparative school years for children in the UK education sectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England & Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Independent Sector

Birthday Between

1 Sept & 31 Aug

1 Sept & 29 Feb

1 Mar & 31 Aug

1 Sept & 30 June

1 July & 31 August

1 Sept & 31 Aug or as per country

Age

School Year

Exam/ Stage

School Year

School Year

School Year

Exam/ Stage

School Year

Exam/ Stage

School Year

Exam/Stage

5

R

KS1

P1

 

P1

KS1

 

 

R

Pre-prep

6

Y1

KS1

P2

P1

P2

KS1

P1

KS1

F1

 

7

Y2

KS1*

P3

P2

P3

KS1

P2

KS1

F2

Prep Sch assessment*

8

Y3

KS2

P4

P3

P4

KS1

P3

KS1

i

Prep-school

9

Y4

KS2

P5

P4

P5

KS2

P4

KS1

ii

 

10

Y5

KS2

P6

P5

P6

KS2

P5

KS2

iii

 

11

Y6

KS2*

P7

P6

P7

KS2

P6

KS2

iv

 

12

Y7

KS3

S1

P7

Y8

KS3

P7

KS2

v

 

13

Y8

KS3

S2

S1

Y9

KS3

Y8

KS3

vi

CE*

14

Y9

KS3*

S3

S2

Y10

KS3

Y9

KS3

LIV

Senior School

15

Y10

KS4

S4 Std grade*

S3

Y11

GCSE*

Y10

KS3

UIV

 

16

Y11

GCSE*

S5 Higher*

S4 Std grade*

Y12

AS*

Y11

GCSE*

V

GCSE*

17

Y12

AS*

S6 Adv Higher*

S5 Higher*

Y13

A2*

Y12

AS*

LVI

AS or IB*

18

Y13

A2*

 

S6 Adv Higher*

 

 

Y13

A2*

UVI

A2 or IB*

 

*Pupils sit public examinations at this point

CE = common entrance

KS =Key Stage

IB= International Baccalaureate also known as International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students aged 16 – 18

IBMYP = Middle years programme of the International Baccalaureate for children aged 11-16. Operates in a couple of UK schools as well as overseas schools

IBPYP = Primary years programme of the International Baccalaureate - for children aged 3 to 11. Operates in a couple of UK schools as well as overseas schools

N=Nursery

R=Reception  

I=Infants

P=Primary

S=Senior

Y=Year

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