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A primary school in Český Těšín, Czech Republic
A small primary school in Norfolk, England
An elementary school in Višňové (Slovakia)
"Michlal" Elementary school in Ramat Gan (Israel)
A Shōgakkō or Elementary school class in Japan

A primary school or elementary school is a school in which children receive primary or elementary education from the age of about five to eleven, coming before secondary school and after preschool. It is the first stage of compulsory education in most parts of the world, and is normally available without charge, but may be offered in a fee-paying independent school. The term grade school is sometimes used in the US though this term may refer to both primary education and secondary education.

The term primary school is derived from the French école primaire, which was first used in 1802.[1]

  • Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth Nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[2]
  • Elementary school is preferred in some countries, especially in the United States and Canada.

In the United States, "primary school" may refer to a school with grades Kindergarten through second grade (K-2). In these municipalities, the "elementary school" includes grade three through five.[3] The terms first school or infant school may also be used in North America though these, strictly speaking, refer to different educational programs.

In some places, primary schooling has historically further been divided between lower primary schools (LP schools), which were the elementary schools, and higher primary schools (HP schools), which were established to provide a more practical instruction to poorer classes than what was provided in the secondary schools.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". 
  2. ^ Primary school. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on 12 June 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9061377
  3. ^ "Cartersville City School District ::". cartersville.k12.ga.us. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Bruce Ryburn Payne, Public Elementary School Curricula: A Comparative Study of Representative Cities of the United States, England, Germany and France (1905), p. 155.

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The Guardian
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:42:13 -0700

Earlier, Morgan elicited a loud, sceptical response from the nearly 500 mainly primary school heads when she declared: “This is not about pass or fail, this is about knowing how children are making progress at the end of their primary school years.”.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:36:44 -0700

The Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign wants parents to keep their children off primary school, saying they are “over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance of test results and league tables than children's happiness and joy ...

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:20:38 -0700

A primary school in Trafford is splitting from an academy trust following a row which saw its headteacher suspended. Lime Tree Academy in Sale has confirmed plans to break away from Enquire Learning Trust after two years with the academy chain. It ...

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:03:45 -0700

The primary school pupils enjoyed a range of workshops. Photo: Jacqui Sinnatt. The event, pioneered by Executive Headteacher of Netley Primary School Bavaani Nanthabalan, has been running for three years. It is designed to encourage pupils to consider ...

Peterborough Telegraph

Peterborough Telegraph
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:11:15 -0700

Gemma Saunders, from Farcet, attended Farcet C of E Primary School on Friday to present the school with a brand new defibrillator. She was joined by her partner, Ashley Wilsdon, Kev Lawrence from Heart FM, and her two sons, Bradley, seven and Ben, 10, ...

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:15:00 -0700

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:07:30 -0700

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:26:13 -0700

The 16-year-old pupil at Migori Primary School was allegedly selling the drugs at Rakwaro centre with his accomplice Kennedy Otieno aged 20. The minor was found with 94 rolls while Otieno had 96 rolls which they had stuffed under their clothes.

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