All children in England between the ages of 5 and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school.
Most state schools have to follow National Curriculum the most common ones are: * Community schools: controlled by the local council and not influenced by business or religious groups * Foundation and trust schools: more freedom to change the way they do things than community schools, ran by their own governing body which also decide the admissions policy. The land and building is generally owned by the local governing body or an outside trust such as a business, all outside support services will be bought independently by the school. * Academies: ran by a governing body, independent from the local council - they can follow a different curriculum, often funded partly by the government and individual sponsors, these schools are not maintained by the local authority but do work closely. * Grammar schools: ran by the council a foundation body or a trust - they select all or most of their pupils based on academic ability and there is often an exam to get in. * Voluntary aided schools are mainly religious or faith schools but children from any faith are able to attend, the land and the building are normally owned by a religious or charity organisation for instance the local church, they are ran by their own governing body and funded partly by the charity and partly by the local education authority who provide outside support services. * Voluntary controlled schools: These schools are ran and funded by the local authority which are also responsible for employing staff and funding outside support services needed. The building and land are typically owned by a charity which is often a religious organisation. * Specialist schools: Schools which specialise in 1 or 2 certain subject for instance Languages, science, arts, sports, maths computing, will receive additional government funding for
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