Compulsory school age

Definition: 

In England and Wales, a person is no longer of compulsory school age after the last Friday of June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.

In Northern Ireland, a person is no longer of compulsory school age after 30 June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.

In Scotland, pupils whose 16th birthday falls between 1 March and 30 September may not leave school before 31 May of that year. Pupils aged 16 on or between 1 October and the last day of February may not leave until the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.

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