State schools fall into four main categories:
Owned by a local authority which employs staff, decides on admissions criteria and has strong links with the community, offering use of facilities and childcare.
Foundation and Trust schools:
Run by a governing body, which employs staff and sets admissions criteria. The school land and buildings will be owned by the governing body or a charitable foundation.
Usually faith or religious schools, although anyone can apply for a place. The governing body employs staff and sets admission criteria.
Similar to voluntary aided, but run by the local authority, which employs staff ad sets admissions criteria.
Within these are a number of schools with special characteristics:
Community and foundation special schools:
Special schools for children with specific education needs, such as physical disabilities or earning difficulties.
Mostly run in the same way as other state schools, but the religious education curriculum, admissions criteria and staffing policies may vary.
Maintained boarding schools:
Maintained boarding schools offer free tuition, but charge fees for board and lodging.
Independently managed, all-ability schools that are set up by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups with freedom from following the National Curriculum and freedom from local authority control.
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Groups such as charities, universities and parents can set up all-ability, statefunded schools, free from local authority control. The first is expected to open in September 20100
Find out more at http://newschoolsnetwork.org/get-involved/register
Independent schools are funded by fees from parents
They may include:
For children aged 3-7
Provide an unhurried and creative learning environment focused on children having fun learning. Find out more at: http://www.steinerwaldorf.org.uk/
Encourage independence and self-motivated learning from an early age. Find out more at http://www.montessori.org.uk/