at the nursery school/at nursery school

GeneD

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Little Ryan doesn't go to school yet. Next year, he will start at the nursery school where the other children [his brothers or sisters] used to go.
From "English Grammar in Use. Supplementary Exercises" by Louise Hashemi and Raymond Murphy.

Is the definite article used there because it is a specific nursery school (that being previously attended by "the other children")? If so, would the following sentence be correct?
Next year, he will start at nursery school. ​Not a specific school. In general.
 
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Yes, and yes.
 

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In BrE, you can say "Next year, he will start nursery school". No article is required at all if you're not talking about a specific school.
 
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