From 5 to 11 years of age children attend Primary School.
If they attend a school maintained by the local council their education will follow the National Curriculum to prepare them for secondary school.
There is great attention placed on English and Maths, and all children in England sit SATS tests in Year 2 (6-7 years-old) and in Year 6 (10-11 years-old).
These are externally marked. In addition schools are inspected and rated by OFSTED.