Year Groups

Primary

5 to 11 year olds. The years of Primary school where pupils cover Key Stages 1 and 2.

Year 7

11 to 12 year olds. The first year after Primary School, and the beginning of Key Stage 3.

Year 8

12 to 13 year olds, middle of Key Stage 3.

Year 9

13 to 14 year olds, final year of Key Stage 3. Pupils take SATs in English, Maths & Science.

GCSE

14 to 16 years olds. Known as Key Stage 4, and pupils select subjects to concentrate on. Two year course.

A-Level

16 to 18 years olds. Non-compulsory higher education where students study AS levels in Year 12 and A2 levels in Year 13.

Year Comparisons

Age Range England & Wales Scotland USA
Ages 5 - 11 Years 1-6 P1 - P6 Kindergarten
Ages 11 - 14 Years 7 - 9 P7 - S2 Middle School grades 6 - 8
Ages 14 - 16 Years 10 - 11 S3 - S4 High School grades 9 - 10
Ages 16 - 18 Years 12 - 13 S5 - S6 High School grades 11 +