Frequently asked questions

Knowing the difference between maintained, non-maintained, independent schools and academies

Maintained schools and an academies are schools that are publicly funded. An Independent School is any school which provides full time education for 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age and is not controlled or financed by a Local Authority, which is usually run for profit. Non maintained special schools are run on a not for profit basis usually by charitable trusts.

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