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The UK School System

The education system is slightly different in different parts of the UK. This page currently gives information about the system in England. 

5 – 18y: The legal requirement for children to receive full time education.

4 – 11y: Key Stages 1 and 2 can be called primary, junior, or infant school.

11 – 16y: Secondary school for Key Stage 3 and 4 culminating in GCSEs (similar to HKCEE or DSE).

17 – 18y: " Sixth form for Key Stage 5 culminating in A levels, or college or an apprenticeship, which is similar to IVE in HK."

Manchester Friendship Festival


Saturday, 28 May 2022 11:00  15:00

A WELCOME EVENT for newly-arrived people from Hong Kong and a chance to meet locals from Manchester! Children are particularly welcome.

This Spring, UKHK is organising a series of Friendship Festivals and receptions across the UK, so we can all have fun together in the sun – people from Hong Kong, local churches and communities, and everyone in the neighbourhood! Mark the date, register for the free tickets today, and come have a blast and make new friends!

UKHK Projects 2022

Join the Welcome Course



1 Welcome to the UK
2 Understanding British Culture
3 Making Friends
4 Wellbeing
5 Problem Solving
6 Citizenship


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