The English educational system offers parents and children various options when it comes to choosing a school. These include:
- Nursery schools - nursery schools can be state run or privately run. They are designed to give child care from birth to school age in private terms although many state nurseries may only offer places for the year before a child starts school.
- State schools - these schools are funded and run by the state and are free to attend for every child in the relevant area. These schools include community schools.
- Trust/foundation schools - these schools are fun by a governing body and may be set up as a trust that has links to a charity or business.
- Faith schools - these schools can be attended by anybody but they will be run on a religious basis.
- Private schools - the parents of children attending private schools will have to pay fees. The children may also have to pass an exam to gain entry to the school.
- Independent schools - these kinds of schools are run and paid for by parents and many are run as charities.
- Specialist schools - these schools may have a specific focus such as arts, sports or technology.
- Special schools - these schools are set up to help children with specific special educational needs.
- Academies - these schools are state managed in partnership with sponsors from the community.
- Grammar schools - grammar schools are usually open to all but children will need to pass an exam to go to one.
- Boarding schools - boarding schools are generally private schools where the children live at the school rather at home during term time.
- Sixth form colleges - these are specific colleges that take children through their sixth form education
- Further education colleges - these colleges may offer standard sixth form education such as A Levels and/or vocation courses for the over 16s such as BTECs and City and Guilds.