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Secondary Schools



It is now complusory for children to stay in some form of education until they are 18 years.

Here you will find useful information about Secondary Schools:


Secondary School

Age range: 11 years to 18 years 

Secondary schools, also called Senior Schools, teach children a range of subjects. A normal school timetable will cover ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths and Sciences. There also will be the option to study other subjects like history, geography, foreign languages and design technology.

The first year of Secondary school is Year 7 (following on from the last year in Primary Schools which is Year 6)

Key Stages

Key Stages:

Primary and secondary schools categorise age groups by key stages. The purpose of key stages is to separate educational stages of the curriculum and also to adapt learning materials such as books or activities to the appropriate age. These are as follows;

Key stage 1 - children aged 4 to 7
Key stage 2 - children aged 7 to 11
Key stage 3 - children aged 11 to 14
Key stage 4 - children aged 14 to 16

Tests and Exams

Tests and Exams:

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are the first set of exams which count towards your childs future qualifications. At the age of 14, or in some cases earlier, children are allowed to select subjects from the schools curriculum. Although English language and literature, maths, science and physical education are still compulsory, children may choose the remainder of their subjects. These subjects will be taught for two years (until the age of 16) when they take exams to pass each subject. Subjects which are offered vary from school to school 



A SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a teacher who coordinates the provision for children with special educational needs or disabilities in schools. Many are also class teachers, and fulfil their SENCO duties on a part-time basis.

They will work together with parents to provide the best possible support for your child and if needed bring in specialists to work with your child in mainstream school. The SENCO will provide advice and guidance for the family to help them with their childrens learning and development.

If either you or the teacher has a concern about your child, the SENCO will go into the class to observe them and advise on what the next steps should be in terms of whether support is needed, and what that might involve.

Having a child with special needs can difficult and feelings often run high if things are going badly at school. Remember, the SENCO is there to support you and your child, and to be an advocate for you both. If something is not feeling quite right with your child, it’s always best to talk to the SENCO sooner rather than later

SEN Information Report

Schools are requirement by the SEND Code of Practice to publish a SEN Information Report (Special Educational Needs) This should be updated at least once a year.

The SEND Information Report should outline the school's provision for pupils with SEND and how the school will implement it's SEND Policy. It should include information for identifying, assessing and making provision for children with SEND.

The report should be clear and easy for Parents and Carers to read and understand. It will be one of the first things to read if you have a child with a special need and you are choosing a school for the first time, as it will give you a good idea of what support is available for your child should they need it.

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