All-through school

An All-through school is a school which provides both primary and secondary education[1], namely from the 1st to 12th grade in the United States and from Year 1 to 13 in the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, they accept children at age 4, and school them right through to the age of 16 (or 18 with a sixth form).[1]

In 2009, there were only 13 all-through state schools in England, but the Coalition Government's Free school (England) programme has seen the number expand rapidly.[2]


The term "all-through" can be legitimately applied to establishments in many different circumstances, but one commonly accepted definition is "schools which include at least two stages of a young person‟s education within the one establishment".[3]

See also


  1. Paton, Graeme (23 February 2014). "Record surge in the number of 'all-through' schools". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. "'All-through' schools: From here to university". The Independent. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. "Learning Together in Allthrough schools" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

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