Schooling is compulsory for all children on the island aged between five and sixteen. St Helena offers nursery, primary and secondary schools, boasting a curriculum comparable to the UK. There are 3 terms in each academic year:
- September to December (followed by a four week break at Christmas)
- January to April (followed by a two week break)
- May to August (followed by a two week break)
Each term, also benefits from a one-week break for a half term holiday. Nursery school facilities are offered to children at the start of their 4th year to prepare them for primary school, five mornings a week. Pilling, Harford and St Paul’s primary school is located in the Jamestown, Longwood and St Paul’s districts respectively. Prince Andrew School (PAS) is the only secondary school on the island, and is located at Francis Plain. Prince Andrew School offers A-level studies to pupils wanting to further their education. In addition to the usual subjects, pupils are taught vocational skills such as site carpentry, masonry, automotive studies and maritime studies. Limited crèche facilities for young children are available on the island during school holidays, and occasional mornings. Adult education is coordinated by The Lifelong Learning Team. See also Skills Development.