Okay, I'm English, but I moved to Scotland when I was fourteen and as a result of this my understanding of the English education system is pretty much limited to the years up to Year 9.
Story is set modern day (though an exact year isn't given, it's not particularly relevant here).
My character was born on the 27th of March so I'm assuming that she would be able to start school the year that she turned four (because intake is for those who are at least four on the first of September). Meaning that she starts school at four and a half (heh, like me... never realised that).
The story begins in the summer after her seventeenth birthday, I can't change her age because it's a major plot point later when she celebrates her eighteenth birthday.
What stage is she likely to be at by this point? I was thinking A levels or AS levels. Am I right?
I was thinking about having her leave school. In Scotland because of the way that the month for incoming students works you can be seventeen when you leave school. Would be be able to apply to universities and so be able to spend the summer preparing to go to Uni?
Of course she's not going to make it there, due to a family tragedy, would she be able to hold off her final year at school because of this? Maybe go to college after she's had time to get over things.This
Wikipedia page makes me think that I could have her going to a Sixth Form College and then have her hold off a year to get everything together.
Thanks in advance for any help.
All sorted now, thanks.