Types of school – SIMPLIFIED

Because different governments have set up different initiatives for secondary schools, there are lots of different types of state secondary school in England, and it can be confusing.  Here, the issue of different types of school is simplified.

The main types of  state secondary school that matter to you as a parent are comprehensive, and grammar/ selective.

The majority of schools in England are comprehensive, which means they do not select by ability. A minority of schools are grammar/ selective, or partially selective, which means they do select by ability. Faith schools are religious, and their admissions criteria is usually linked to their religious status.

Other types of school are less important when it comes to selecting the right school for your child.





Free Schools


Middle-High schools



Voluntary Aided

Voluntary Controlled


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