Categories of Different Types of School

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Categories of Different Types of School

I will identify and describe the characteristics of six different types of state and independent school below and outline the way in which these schools are managed, the ages of the children they deal with and the curriculum that they are required to follow.

Community schools

In a community school:-

the local education authority owns the land and buildings, but the governing body is

responsible for running the school

the local education authority employs the staff

the local education authority funds the school
the local education authority provides support services, for example, psychological services and special educational needs services the pupils have to follow the national curriculum

the admissions policy is usually determined and administered by the local education

authority

Community schools look to develop strong links with the local community. They can do this in a number of ways, including providing use of their facilities, or providing services like childcare and adult learning classes.

An example of a community school is Woodlands Community Primary School situated in Cwmbran. The ages of the children attending range from 4-11 years. The curriculum followed, is made up of block of years, known as key stages: Year 1 and Year 2 are known as Key Stage 1

Year 3 to 6 are known as Key Stage 2

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects are the same for Key Stages 1 and 2: English
Maths
Science
Design and Technology
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
History
Geography
Art and Design
Music
Physical Educational

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2 Voluntary controlled schools

A voluntary controlled school can also be called a religious or faith school.

In a voluntary controlled school:

the land and buildings are owned by a charity, often a religious organisation such as a church the charity appoints some of the members of the governing body, but the local education authority is responsible for running the school

the school is funded by the local education authority

the local education authority employs the staff

the local education authority provides support services

the pupils have to follow the national curriculum

the admissions policy is usually determined and administered by the local education authority

An example of a voluntary controlled school is Eyton Church in Wales Voluntary Controlled Primary school situated in Wrexham. The ages of the children attending range from 4-11 years. The curriculum that they are required to follow includes:-

Language, Literacy and Communication,

Personal and Social Development

Mathematical Development

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Creative Developments

Physical Development

They also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities that include fencing, Dragon Sports football, rugby and netball, cycling proficiency, gardening, computer club and gymnastics.

The governing body of the school comprises of eleven individuals. Governors help set the school's

strategic direction effectively each year and are actively involved with the whole school evaluation.

The governing body will discuss issues such as:-

Election of Chair and Vice Chair

Election of new governors

Finance – Budget

Additional grants to school budget

Traffic Management on site

Regular Head Teacher's Reports

Staffing Appointments

Health and Safety Audit

School Action Plan

Target Setting

Building and Maintenance Projects

School Funds

PTA

School Based Review

Appointment of Governors with Specific Responsibilities

Annual Report to Parents

Governor Training

School Council

Child Protection Issues

Capital Spending Plan

The school is required to set targets...
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