There are two main types of schools in the UK, state-funded or independent (privately-funded) schools.
- State-funded schools
Over ninety percent of British students attend state-funded schools. State schools follow the “National Curriculum,” with core subjects including English, mathematics, science, religious education and sex education.
To find a state school in your area, click here.
For full details of applying for a school, transport to school and appealing against an admission decision, follow this link.
State schools (and some independent schools) are inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Child Services and Skills (Ofsted) every three years and the results are published online.
- Independent schools
Independent or public schools are funded by student fees and interest earned on school endowments/investments. They set their own curricula and participate in a voluntary accreditation program facilitated by the Independent Schools Council.
To search for an independent school, click here.
More information on types of school can be found at the following links:
The New Schools Network, founded in 2009, is a small charity that works to transform the standard of education in England by delivering more high-quality free schools and campaigning to win public and political support for free schools.