State school - paid by the government
Faith school - focused on a particular religion
Comprehensive school - anyone can go to
Grammar school - from the age of 11, the government pays for, an exam known as the "11-plus"
Independent school/private school - not paid for by the government
Primary school - the first school
Secondary school - after primary school
Time at school is divided into three chunks - pre-school, primary and secondary education.
School is compulsory for children and young people between the ages 5 and 16.
The great majority of parents send their children to state schools, where education and equipment are completely free. Other children are sent into independent schools „public school“. These schools are usually boarding.
The school year is divided into three terms.
Primary school is for children from 5 to 11. Secondary school is for young people between the age of 11 and 16. In some areas there are middle schools (age 9–13).
Britain has 47 universities (including the open universities). The most famous and the oldest ones in Britain are Oxford and Cambridge.