British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
Introduction to School Life
Education is an important part of British life. There are hundreds of schools, colleges and universities, including some of the most famous in the world.
Education is free and compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 - 16. Some children are educated at home rather than in school.
Children's education in England is normally divided into two separate stages. They begin with primary education at the age of five and this usually lasts until they are eleven. Then they move to secondary school, there they stay until they reach sixteen, seventeen or eighteen years of age. Find out what year (grade) you would be in England.
Teachers in primary schools ( 4 - 11 year olds) are always addressed by their surname by parents and pupils alike, always Mr, Mrs or Miss Smith.…. In secondary schools (11 - 16 years), teachers are usually addressed as Miss or Sir.