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What are the main types of state schools in the UK?

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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