Are you confused about the types of schools available in England?
I’ve been working in schools for over 20 years and I’ve come across countless parents and members of the public, even fellow teachers who are also confused about the structure of schools in England!
You wouldn’t be alone. I’m confused too!
There will be a focus on standards, not structures. (David Blunkett MP. Secretary of State for Education, 1997)
This is a blog I’ve been wanting to write for many months, kindled by a chapter in John Dunford‘s new book: The School Leadership Journey. In ‘navigating a route for the school’, Dunford highlights in chapter 2 the ’emphasis on structures’ throughout the last two decades in the English education system.
“[Blunkett] could not resist the temptation for all education secretaries of state to tinker with the structure of the school system. Primary schools have largely been immune from the maelstrom of structural legislation … although a growing percentage of primary schools are now becoming academies, with the encouragemnet to work together within multi-academy trusts.”
Types of Schools:
- Comprehensive schools
- Secondary modern schools
- Grammar schools
- Faith schools (voluntary aided)
- Community schools
- Specialists schools (with a choice of ten specialisms)
- City technical colleges (CTCs)
- Grant-maintained schools
- Beacon schools
- Studio schools
- Univeristy technical colleges
- Academies (sponsored or converted)
- Trust schools
- Free schools
- Teaching schools
- National support schools
- State boarding schools
- Special schools
- PRUs (Pupil Referral Units)
- … we even have MATs (Multi-Academy Trusts.
Are you aware of all the types of schools above? I knew them all, but I certainly would not be able to list them all from memory if asked! Even more, what makes each of these schools different and how they work is even more complicated for the parent (and maybe even the employee). How well do teachers know our school structure and their functions? What sets them apart?
Which type of school did you attend as a child? If you have a child, which type do they attend and why? You may have had a choice in the matter, or none at all? Perhaps you’re a teacher reading this and have worked in a variety of schools listed above? If so, leave a comment below and elaborate on some of the key differences, if any.