Year Eight is an educational year group in schools in many countries including England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. It is usually the eighth year of compulsory education and incorporates students aged between twelve and fourteen. It is known as eighth grade in the United States and Canada, and First Year in Scotland.
In New Zealand, Year 8 is the eighth year of compulsory education, and the last of primary education. Children entering Year 8 are generally aged between 11.5 and 13. Year 8 pupils are educated in full primary schools or intermediate schools, and in some areas area schools or combined intermediate and secondary schools.
In schools in England, Year Eight is the eighth year after Reception. It is the eighth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 12 by 1 September in any given academic year. It is also the second year of Key Stage 3 in which the Secondary National Curriculum is taught.
Year 8 is usually the second year of Secondary school (commonly referred to by students as high school after most middle schools were abolished). In some areas of England, Year 8 is the last year group in Middle school or the first year of Secondary School. Year 8 in some schools is the last year of Key Stage 3 and pupils may pick their options for GCSE in this year.
In schools in Wales, Year Eight is the eighth year after Reception. It is currently the eighth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 12 on 1 September in any given academic year. It is the second year group in Key Stage 3.
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