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School is a huge part of your life between the ages of 11 and 16. During this time you are in what is known as the secondary school system and are taught a range of subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art, History and Languages.
From the ages of 5 through to 16, it is the law that children and young people receive full time education.
Your parents are responsible for making sure you receive this full-time education suitable for your age and ability. If you have special educational needs you should receive support to help your learning.
Some young people are educated at home or have private tutors but only if the Local Education Authority (LEA) is satisfied that the education is of a high enough standard.
Most young people will be offered a choice of national qualification between 11 and 16, including GCSE’s (General Certificate of Secondary Education), First Diplomas and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
GCSE is the most popular qualification to study and GCSE’s are offered in a range of subjects depending on the school you attend and your interests.
This section looks at some of the main things that might affect you while you are in school.