The States Education Department is responsible to the States of Guernsey for the administration of education in Guernsey. Compulsory school age is five to 15 years. Free primary education from five to 11 years of age is provided in infant, junior and primary schools within defined catchment areas. There are also a few private fee paying schools for primary aged pupils and also for secondary school children. There is a secondary selection test at the age of 11, which determines whether a child is placed at one of three secondary schools or given a special place at the Grammar School or one of the independent colleges. There are three schools catering for pupils with special educational needs.