School status

Maintained

A school for which an LEA has financial and administrative responsibility.

Independent

A privately owned school funded by fees paid by parents, for which conformity to many requirements of the national education system is not obligatory.

Foundation Schools

These are schools in the state sector but which formerly were Grant Maintained Schools funded independently from Local Education Authorities.

Community Schools

These are schools in the state sector formerly called county schools.

Voluntary Schools

A school where there is a strong involvement from a voluntary organisation, usually a church. The governing body employ the staff, control admissions and determine the form of religious education.