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Answer #1 | 29/12 2013 07:47
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by fifth form, but people can go to Sixth Form at 16. After a person finishes their GCSE's (exams), they can go to Sixth Form or college. Most of these places have the same term time as secondary school (the year begins in September and ends in May/June). For your example, someone turning 16 in January would be going to Sixth Form the following September. To avoid confusion, don't call it it Year 5 (that's primary school), if your story allows, call it Year 11. The the years in Sixth Form are Year 12 and Year 13. Private schools do have their own rules, which is separate from state schools, but perhaps look at real private schools rules so you don't add anything too unreal. Remember that your character would have to pay to attend a private school. I hope this helps! Good luck! :)
Answer #2 | 29/12 2013 07:57
Never really heard of a fifth form before (and I've lived in the UK all my life). A year in primary, secondary and sixth form (or a college, which is more or less the same thing) goes from September to May/June. Those born in September are the oldest kids in their year. Therefore, those who turn 16 in January would not then graduate from their year and move onto the next. Secondary school: Year Seven (11-12 year olds), Eight (12-13), Nine (13-14), Ten (14-15) and Eleven (15-16). So, she'd be in Year 11. I suppose that'd be the 'fifth form' as some students go onto a sixth form next. Ideally, you should copy the rules and standards of a real life private school, so that you can make it more realistic.
Answer #3 | 29/12 2013 12:47
fifth form is 15/16 years old and sixth form is 16 upwards if they turn 16 in January they go to sixth form that year i advise following the national rules but you can change school uniform, packed lunches, going out at lunchtime, school could finish at 3.00 etc.but don't change it too much

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