Key Stage

A Key Stage is a stage of the state education system in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the British Territory of Gibraltar setting the educational knowledge expected of students at various ages. The term Key Stage is also used in Hong Kong although the ages at which each Key Stage applies differ from England.

The stages are as follows:

Key Stage
Ages School
Forms Final exams
0 3-5 0 Nursery / Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)
1 5-7 1-2 1st-2nd form infants
2 7-11 3-6 1st-4th form juniors 11 plus (generally only for Grammar School entry)
3 11-14 7-9 1st-3rd form secondary
4 14-16 10-11 4th-5th form secondary GCSEs
5 16-18 12-13 Sixth form secondary, also FE college A-Levels, AS-Levels, NVQs, National Diplomas

The National Curriculum sets out targets to be achieved in various subject areas at each of the Key Stages.

The Key Stages were first defined in 1988 Education Reform Act to accompany the first introduction of the National Curriculum. The precise definition of each of the main 4 Key Stages is age-related, incorporating all pupils of a particular age at the beginning of each academic year. The Key Stages were designed to fit with the most prevalent structures which had already grown up in the education system over the previous 100 years of development.

Key Stage 1 fits broadly with the first stage of primary education, often known as infant schools. This break had existed for some time, being acknowledged in the 1931 Hadow report as 'axiomatic' by as early as 1870.

Key Stage 2 fits the later stage of primary education, often known as junior schools. Again, described by Sir William Henry Hadow, this took pupils up to the standardised break at age 11.

Secondary education was split between Key Stages 3 and 4 at age 14, to align with long-existing two-year examination courses at GCSE level.

Key Stages 0 and 5 have no legal definition, and are merely used as indicators to complement the defined Key Stages.

Education in England
Key Stages
Foundation Stage
  • Nursery
  • Playgroup
  • Reception
Key Stage 1
  • Year One
  • Year Two
Key Stage 2
  • Year Three
  • Year Four
  • Year Five
  • Year Six
Key Stage 3
  • Year Seven
  • Year Eight
  • Year Nine
Key Stage 4
  • Year Ten
  • Year Eleven
Key Stage 5
  • Primary school (Infant school
  • Junior school)
  • Secondary school
  • Sixth form college
Exams and qualifications
  • 11 Plus
  • GCSEs
  • A-Level
  • English Baccalaureate
  • Common Entrance Examination
  • NVQ
  • BTEC
  • Schools (category)
  • SATs
  • O-Level
  • School Certificate
  • Higher School Certificate

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