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Year Six is an educational year group in schools in many countries including England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. It is usually the sixth year of compulsory education and incorporates students aged between ten and twelve.

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Australia

In Australia, Year Six is usually the sixth year of compulsory education. Although there are slight variations between the states, most children in Year Six are aged between eleven and twelve.[1]

New Zealand

In New Zealand, Year Six is the sixth year of compulsory education. Children are aged ten or eleven in this year group. [2] Year Six pupils are usually educated in Primary schools or in Area schools.[3]

United Kingdom

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England

In schools in England Year Six is the sixth year after Reception. It is the sixth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 10 by the 1st September in any given academic year. It is also the fourth and final year of Key Stage 2 in which the National Curriculum is taught.[4] It is also the year in which all students in maintained schools undertake National Curriculum tests in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.[5]

Year Six is usually the final year of Primary or Junior School. In some areas of England, Year six is a year group in Middle school.

In some parts of England, where there remain separate Grammar and Secondary modern schools, students in Year Six may sit a test for entrance into a Grammar school. The test is known colloquially as the Eleven plus exam.

Wales

In schools in Wales Year Six is the sixth year after Reception. It is currently the sixth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 10 on the 1st September in any given academic year. It is the fourth and final year group in Key Stage 2.[6]

Northern Ireland and Scotland

In Northern Ireland and Scotland, the sixth year of compulsory education is called Primary Six, and pupils generally start at the age of 9.

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Preceded by
Year Five
Year Six
10–11
or
11–12
Succeeded by
Year Seven

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