Education in WA


Although attendance at kindergarten is not compulsory most children attend because parents understand that it helps give their child the best start to school.

Children may start in kindergarten if he or she turns four years old by 30 June in that year.  Kindergarten is part-time, offering 15 hours each week.


Children who are turning five years old by 30 June can start Pre-primary at the beginning of that year. Pre-primary is the first compulsory year of schooling and your child will attend five full days a week.

Children usually attend the school closest to where they live. Most schools start between 8.30am and 9.00am and finish between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

Years 1 to 7

Primary school starts in Year 1. Students must turn six years of age by June 30 of the year they start Year 1.

In the early years of primary school the main focus is on literacy and numeracy so that students learn to read and write, and understand mathematics. Students also develop knowledge and skills in science and technology through programs which build on their natural curiosity and inquiring minds.


Secondary school starts at Year 7 with most children beginning during the year they turn 12. The school leaving age is 17 years.

Students in Year 11 and 12 can start an apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school. Studying for the Western Australia Certificate of Education can be combined with training and work. There are three study options: allowing the student to try out different jobs in an industry they are interested in which can progress to an apprenticeship; completing a traineeship qualification while still at school; or starting apprenticeship training on a part-time basis at school which can be continued full-time after leaving school.

School Terms 2015

Term 1
February 2 to  April 2 (9 weeks)

Term 2
April 20 to July 3 (11 weeks)

Term 3
July 20 to Sept 25 (10 weeks)

Term 4
October 12 to Dec 17 (10 weeks)


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