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An All-through school is a school which provides both primary and secondary education, [1] namely from the 1st to 12th grade in the United States and from Year 1 to 13 in parts of the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, they accept children at age 4, and school them right through to the age of 16 (or 18 with a sixth form). [1]


In 2009, there were only 13 all-through state schools in England, but the Coalition Government's Free school (England) programme has seen the number expand rapidly. [2]

Examples of this type of school are Simon Balle School, a co-educational secondary school, sixth form, and most recently primary school with academy status located in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England; and Dartmouth Academy, a non-selective, co-educational school within the English Academy programme, in Dartmouth, Devon, in the south-west of England.


The term "all-through" can be legitimately applied to establishments in many different circumstances, but one commonly accepted definition is "schools which include at least two stages of a young person‟s education within the one establishment". [3]

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