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English translation: 'academic year' joining and leaving rules

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English term or phrase:born before January can go at Easter
English translation:'academic year' joining and leaving rules
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22:09 Mar 31, 2003
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Art/Literary
English term or phrase: born before January can go at Easter
Chris Tarrant:
I had an English degree and I drifted into teaching in the East End of London, in New Cross. And it was a while ago as well, a long time ago. It was hard and I had, I think they still have them now. It's what they call the "Easter Leavers". Which means basically that "As soon as they can go, they go!" And they'd had enough basically. It's the sort of accident of birth where if you're born before January, or something, you can go at Easter basically. And I got them, they were the "Easter Leavers" . The sadness of it was that the bright ones could not really get through. The bulk of them had done with education when they were about, you know, ten or eleven.

What does the month you were born in have to do with Easter, school etc.?
lim0nka
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:06
academic year
Explanation:
The academic (school year) to assess which year intake you will be in starts 1st September and ends 31st August.

For school leavers, you can leave school at 16, so if your birthday fell between 1st September to 31st December, maybe you were allowed to leave school at the end of the Easter Term...not come back for the Summer Term after Easter.

If you were born 31st August, I guess you had to stick it through to the bitter end!

I don't think these rules apply now! You stay until you've finished your GCSE's.

Anyway, it is definitely a rule that Chris is remembering that had to with where your birthday fell in the academic year relating to how early you could quit school.

hth
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jerrie
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:06
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Thank you, Jerrie!
Those rules sound strange, though... ;)
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academic year


Explanation:
The academic (school year) to assess which year intake you will be in starts 1st September and ends 31st August.

For school leavers, you can leave school at 16, so if your birthday fell between 1st September to 31st December, maybe you were allowed to leave school at the end of the Easter Term...not come back for the Summer Term after Easter.

If you were born 31st August, I guess you had to stick it through to the bitter end!

I don't think these rules apply now! You stay until you've finished your GCSE's.

Anyway, it is definitely a rule that Chris is remembering that had to with where your birthday fell in the academic year relating to how early you could quit school.

hth

jerrie
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:06
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 773
Grading comment
Thank you, Jerrie!
Those rules sound strange, though... ;)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Сергей Лузан
2 mins
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agree  Amy Williams
10 mins

agree  Refugio
40 mins

agree  Anne Lee
1 hr

agree  Autobahn: Brigitte
1 hr

agree  Sarah Ponting: My birthday's on 1 September, so I missed a year for one day!
8 hrs
  -> That's the way the cookie crumbles!
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