Secondary school, in the UK, lasts from the ages of 11/12 to 16 or 18, depending on the school.
The UK used to operate testing at the age of 11 (the 11-plus exam
) which decided which type of school children would attend after primary school: either a secondary modern for non-pass children, or a grammar school
or technical school
for those that passed. The comprehensive
system was brought in gradually over the early 80s to supposedly 'even things out', and the 11-plus was abolished.
There are also private school
s, boarding school
s and State-aided day school
s at secondary level, which are mostly fee-paying, although there are scholarship
s for bright kids.
It's legal to leave school at 16 in the UK, after which students may go on to sixth form college
, technical college