The school system in England has the following key stages:
Key Stage 1: 5 to 7 years old
Key Stage 2: 7 to 11 years old
Key Stage 3: 11 to 14 years old
Key Stage 4: 14 to 16 years old
Key Stage 5: 16 to 18 or 19 years old
At the end of Key stage 4, students take the GCSE examinations and at the end of Key stage 5 they take the GCE A-level examinations.
A variety of subjects are available at both levels, across humanities, arts, natural and applied sciences, vocational subjects. Students are assessed at the end of each key stage. The most important assessment occurs at age 16 when students pursue their General Certificate of Secondary Education. Once students complete their GCSE's they may either go onto further education and then potential higher education, or they can just finish school and seek employment in the working world. After the GCE A-level examinations, the most coveted universities in England are naturally Oxbridge, followed by Russel group institutions which are a group of 24 research-intensive universities and are all unique institutions.
There is a variety of subjects which students may opt for: spanning languages, arts, natural sciences, applied sciences. vocational subjects, social science and humanities. There are also "modules" in various subjects. Some might opt for an easier version of a subject and others might opt for a more rigorous version.
Here we provide listings of various high schools in England, along with their academic performance as assessed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.