UK School Years can be very confusing for parents

Here are some common questions about a child’s UK school years educational timeline:

  • What age can my child start school?
  • What are Key Stage Ages?
  • What are school stages in the UK?
  • What are school year ages?
  • What age does Primary School start?
  • What age is Pre-Prep?
  • What age is Prep School?
  • What age is year 7?
  • What age is sixth form?
  • Primary school or infant school?
  • What is the difference between Pre-school or Nursery School?
  • What age do you take GCSE’s?
  • What age do you take A Levels?
  • When do you have to take a common entrance exam?

So we have created this useful School Age Chart to help you understand UK School Years from 0 – 18 years of age.


At Rooster Marketing we have had the privilege to work with some amazing schools, but like most parents we are often confused about the names that various schools give for different periods of a child’s education. As far as we can see, everyone does it slightly differently but this chart will give you a good start to better understand UK School Years in relation to a child’s age for both private and state education.It can also be very confusing if going from State to Private Education, or vice versa. Each name the different stages of a child’s education something very different although most of the time they mean the same thing. Some schools are sometimes not very clear themselves, so don’t be afraid to ask. You won’t be the first I’m sure!

There are also very important times of a child’s education when it is unwise to move your child from their existing school, if at all possible, and this chart can help you understand this also.

We hope you find this UK School Years Chart useful!