The UK boarding school system is split into three levels;
Primary education is for children aged four or five up to 11 or 13. You might hear this referred to as primary school, infant school, junior school, pre-preparatory school or preparatory school.
Secondary education is for pupils aged 11 or 13 to 16. You might hear this referred to as secondary school, high school or senior school. In the last two years of secondary school (age 14 to 16), most pupils study for GCSE qualifications. Alternatives include Standard grades and Intermediates in Scotland, or the
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.
Sixth form is for students aged 16 to 18. The two years are often called Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. At sixth form level, most pupils take A-levels. Alternative qualifications include Standard Grades and Higher in Scotland, or the International Baccalaureate. Please see Further education for more details.
Boarding schools offer a wide range of subjects including mathematics, sciences, history, geography, drama, IT, literature and foreign languages. All these qualifications are highly regarded by universities, colleges and employers in the UK and around the world.