Interview with director of school

director of school

- Mr Daymond, I think that you are the best person to describe the system of education for our audience. What types of school are there in Britain?
- In England about 93% of children attend state schools. The other 7% attend private schools. A minority of these private schools are boarding schools where children live as well as study. Private schools are very expensive.
- Is secondary education compulsory for all children?
- Yes, all children are required by law to attend school full-time between the ages of 5 and 16. For younger children, there hit a few state kindergartens, some private kindergartens and a few 'nursery classes' in ordinary schools. They are optional.
- How long does a pupil stay at primary school?
- In fact primary school consists of a reception class, infant school and junior school. A reception class and infant school take a year. In junior school, pupils spend 5 years.
- What age do children enter the secondary school?
- At about 11 or 12 children move to a new school, usually a 'comprehensive' that accepts all the children from three or four neighbouring junior schools. Changing to the 'big' school is a great moment in life for them. At secondary school, pupils study for 5 years.
- What kind of school is a comprehensive school?
- Comprehensive schools are schools which take children of all abilities so there are no entrance examinations.
- Are there any schools where children have to have entrance exams?
- Yes, there are some grammar schools in which children have to pass a selection test to get in.
- Well, when do pupils graduate from school? And can they continue their education?
- Pupils leave school at 16 and there are several opportunities to continue their studies elsewhere.

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