From 11 to 16 years of age (academic Year 6 to Year 11) young people attend secondary school.

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Social and academic skills are nurtured in secondary schools

As with primary, local council maintained schools will follow the National Curriculum. Increasingly there are Academy and Free Schools that are allowed to set their own curriculum.

In reality students are being prepared to sit GCSE exams and the examination boards such as AQA and Edexcel prescribe study courses that follow the National Curriculum very closely.