Age Guidelines to Entry

Ages at Entry


Age National Curriculum of England Equivalent Year Groups USA and Canada Lao PDR
Before Sept 1st Year Stage
2 Nursery Nursery Pre-School Liengdek
3 Reception 1 Foundation Stage Pre-School Anuban 1
4 Reception 2 Pre-School Anuban 2
5 Year 1 Key Stage 1 Kindergarten Anuban 3
6 Year 2 Grade 1 Pathom 1
7 Year 3 Key Stage 2 Grade 2 Pathom 2
8 Year 4 Grade 3 Pathom 3
9 Year 5 Grade 4 Pathom 4
10 Year 6 Grade 5 Pathom 5
11 Year 7 Key Stage 3 Grade 6 Matthayom 1
12 Year 8 Grade 7 Matthayom 2
13 Year 9 Grade 8 Matthayom 3
14 Year 10 Key Stage 4 IGCSE Grade 9 Matthayom 4
15 Year 11 Grade 10 Matthayom 5
16 Year 12 Key Stage 5 A Level Grade 11 Matthayom 6
17 Year 13 Grade 12 Matthayom 7

The British education system operates on the premise that students thrive best in their correct class age groups. Differentiated teaching caters for differences in needs and abilities; the most able children are challenged, while children needing support or more time are cared for and encouraged to fulfil their potential.

At Heathfield International School, we believe that it is important for children to be with peers at a similar stage in social maturity, and experience and educational research tells us that changes made early on may have negative consequences later. For these reasons, we adhere to the policy of keeping children within their correct age band except in the following circumstances:

If the child’s birthday falls within a month either side of 1st September.

In cases such as these, if parents feel that their child would benefit from being placed out of age, the school will assess the child, talk to the child’s parents and, where possible, to former teachers to ascertain the best position. In general it is much more advantageous for a child to be older rather than younger in a class.

If a student in Year 10 or upwards and working in a second language does not have a level of English high enough to follow successfully the IGCSE programme.

Provided there is evidence of academic ability and the student has a reasonable basic level of English, the school will consider options which would allow the student time to focus on English skills and then join the appropriate programme.