By law, all children in the UK between 5 years old and 16 years old must receive a full-time education. Approximately 8.5 million children attend one of the 30,000 schools in England. More than 90 percent of pupils attend publicly funded state schools. The remainder attend Private fee paying schools.
根据法律规定，5岁和16岁之间，在英国所有儿童必须接受全日制教育。约8.5万名儿童参加了30000 所学校在英国的一个。 90％以上的学生参加由政府资助的公立学校。其余参加私人自费的学校。
Education in the UK is divided into primary, middle, secondary, further and higher education.
The ages for school are between 5 and 16 years and compulsory education lasts for approximately 11 years.
Children are legally required to start attending school at the start of the term after their fifth birthday either on 31 August, 31 December or 31 March.
During this time children must receive full-time education that is suited to their age, ability, aptitude and special educational requirements. This is provided free by the Government. This includes all textbooks and uniforms if the school uses them. All schoolchildren are entitled to one free hot meal and drink per school day.
If a child does not attend school, the Education Department and local Police must be satisfied that the child is being educated suitably.
It is a criminal offence for a Parent not to send their child to school. They can be fined or jailed if they refuse to do so.
Primary education begins when children are 5 and finishes at 7.
Middle education begins at 7 and finishes at 11.
Secondary education in the UK normally starts at the age of 11 years old and finishes at 16.
Further Education starts