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Used in a variety of ways to differentiate between age groups of pupils in a secondary school. Schools with sixth forms may use it to refer to the majority of its pupils, those in Years 7–11. Alternatively, it might be used to indicate Years 7 and 8 only, while Years 9, 10, and 11 are referred to as ‘middle’ and ‘upper’ school. Its original usage was in public schools, where it was a term used for the younger pupils.

Subjects: Education.

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