What are the main types of state schools in the UK?
State schools in the UK fall into two distinct categories: non-selective and selective.
- Non-selective state schools: Primary, secondary, and all-through state schools in the UK are typically non-selective – meaning they accept students regardless of their aptitude. Your child’s place won’t be determined by an entrance exam, making them easier to get into than selective schools.
- Selective state schools: Grammar schools are selective state secondary schools for students aged 11 to 16. These institutions admit students based on their academic ability having sat the 11-Plus entry exam. Under this system, students that pass the 11-plus gain entry to their local grammar school, while those who fail must attend their local non-selective comprehensive school, where students of all abilities learn together.
Finding a good state school in London
With so many fantastic state schools in London, it can be difficult to know how to focus your search. Try reading our free articles: The 5 steps to finding a state school in London and The top state schools in London for some great tips
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