Two or more local authority maintained (or community) schools governed by one governing body


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Form of entry

The number of classes of 30 children that a school admits each year

Foundation governor/trustee

Appointed by the foundation board

Foundation schools

Maintained schools in which the governing body is the employer, owns the land and buildings and sets the admission criteria

Foundation special schools

Maintained special schools, which have the same freedoms as foundation schools (see above)

Foundation stage

Curriculum followed by children below statutory school age, in schools and nursery/ pre-school provision

Free school

A type of academy, either a new school set up in response to parental demand or a fee-paying school joining the state education system


Free school meals. Pupils are eligible for FSM if their parents receive certain benefits

Funding agreement

The document which sets out the relationship between an academy/MAT and the Education and Skills Funding Agency ESFA/Department for Education (DfE)

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