Definition of primary school in English:

primary school


  • A school for children between the ages of about five and eleven.

    • ‘Five local primary schools have been rewarded for their commitment and achievements in PE and sport.’
    • ‘North Swindon has an expanding population and has five primary schools.’
    • ‘The school was included in a year-long review into five Catholic primary schools in East Bradford.’
    • ‘It has five primary schools but two new ones are due to be completed by 2006.’
    • ‘In the last five years, primary schools in England and Wales have halved the amount of time allocated to physical education.’
    • ‘Of the five primary schools reviewed in Leeds, Tinshill has the most surplus places - 140.’
    • ‘Each of the five classrooms at the new primary school provides an education for 60 children.’
    • ‘Several other primary schools have new head teachers this term.’
    • ‘Eleven primary schools from the Keighley area took part and the best five from each school were shortlisted for the final judging.’
    • ‘Twenty seven teams from the five primary schools in the Credit Unions Common bond took part.’
    • ‘The literacy and numeracy strategies were not compulsory in primary schools.’
    • ‘The event gives the junior pupils from primary schools in and around Appleby a taste of grammar school life.’
    • ‘They had known one another at nursery, gone to separate primary schools but were reunited at secondary school.’
    • ‘The course is open to boys and girls who attend primary schools in the borough and who are in years five or six.’
    • ‘Parent power appeared to have triumphed last night in a battle to save five Bradford primary schools from closure.’
    • ‘In other schools secondary school teachers visit local primary schools to give special classes.’
    • ‘Pupils at both local primary schools started the new school year last week after the summer holidays.’
    • ‘The two schools are to merge in September to become one primary school for children aged five to 11.’
    • ‘The Council has also agreed to fund plans to create three special primary schools alongside existing primary schools.’
    • ‘The survey also indicated that more than two out of five primary schools charged pupils for swimming lessons.’


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