Education in the UK is compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 (4 in Northern Ireland) and 16.
There are several options to consider when choosing a school in the UK.
State schools, predominantly co-educational, are government sponsored and tend to attract local pupils within a catchment area.
Private (fee-paying) schools, offer a mix of single sex and co-educational opportunities.
There are also boarding schools that accept children from 7/8 years of age.
In addition, international and national schools are other choices.
Home schooling is possible if you are unable to find a place initially or have found this to be successful before.
A rising number of online schools is also available.