Secondary schools in the UK are offered to students that fall under specific age ranges. The minimum age that is required for secondary school is eleven, and this period if referred to as being Year 7. The maximum age range for students attended secondary school at Year 7 is twelve. A student who is attending secondary school at Year 8 must be a minimum of 12 years of age, and the highest age range is 13. The years range from Year 7 to Year 11, and the maximum age for students who are attending secondary school at Year 11 is 16. Once they have completed this period, this is considered to be the end of their compulsory academic time. The cut off for the age ranges is in the month of August.
Students are expected to have reached the proper age for their year by the end of August. Depending on where a student is attending school in the United Kingdom, they may be required to go through a Lower School before they are allowed to attend a middle schools. Historically, the years between 7 and 13 was referred to as being the "first form." There are a number of changes that have been made to this structure in recent years. Academic institutions in the UK recently submitted the national Primary Review, which will examine the educational system in the UK to determine if any changes need to be made. It should also be noted that home education can can be used as an alternative as well. It will be offered to students who are in the secondary school age range.