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State school is an expression used in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to distinguish schools provided by the government from privately run schools. Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ...


United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the term, state school, refers to government-funded schools which provide education free of charge to pupils. The contrast to this are fee-paying schools, often called independent schools, private schools or public schools (In the UK only). An independent school is a school which is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operation and is instead operated by tuition charges, gifts, and perhaps the investment yield of an endowment. ... Private schools, in the United States, Australia, Scotland, and other English-speaking countries, are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public funds. ... The term public school has two contrary meanings: In England, one of a small number of prestigious historic schools open to the public which normally charge fees and are financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as private charitable trusts; here the word public is used much as in...

In England and Wales the term public school is often used to refer to fee-paying schools. Public, in this sense, refers to the fact that, archaically, they are open to any member of the public (as opposed to religious schools, open only to members of that religion). Some people call only the older fee-paying schools, public schools, while others use the term for any such school. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ...

In Scotland, where the educational system is distinctly different from the rest of UK, the term public school was once used officially to describe state schools (being, as they were, publicly owned) - although preference is now being given to the term 'state school'. Use of public school in Scotland is ambiguous in definition as it can be used in both contexts as schools such as Fettes College in Edinburgh are often considered alongside other independent private schools; however, the peculiarly Scottish use of the term has found favour abroad, particularly in the United States and Canada. This article is about the country. ... Fettes College is an independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh, Scotland. ...

Throughout education in the UK, state schools are under the control of local councils (Local Education Authorities in England and Wales), save for cases where independent schools are funded directly as in City Academies. Thus in the great majority of cases the phrase "state school" is a misnomer, and the more correct term maintained school is used in technical literature. A Local Education Authority (LEA) is the part of a council in England or Wales that is responsible for education within that councils jurisdiction. ... A city academy is a type of British secondary school, of which one of the major architects was Andrew Adonis in his capacity as education advisor to the Prime Minister (now Lord Adonis, a junior Minister at the Department for Education and Skills) in the late 1990s. ...

Some maintained schools are partially funded by religious or other charitable bodies; these are known as voluntary aided schools or voluntary controlled schools. In a voluntary aided school (many of which are church schools) the governing body, as opposed to the Local Education Authority, employs the staff, and decide admission arrangements but the school is nevertheless funded by the state and does not charge fees. ... In a voluntary controlled school in England (almost always church schools), the land and buildings are often owned by a charitable foundation. ...

The oldest state school in England is Beverley Grammar School, which was founded in 700 AD. Beverley Grammar School, is a boys secondary school in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. ... // Events Saint Adamnan convinces 51 kings to adopt Cáin Adomnáin defining the relationship between women and priests. ...


In Australia state schools are the responsibility of the state governments. States Schools grew out of the system of National Schools in the mid-19th century.

Queensland State Schools are schools that are part of the Queensland, Australia State Government provided universal free education system. ... Queensland State High Schools cater for Years 8 to 12 (covering students from 12 to 17). ...

United States

In the United States, state school is a colloquial term for state university, a college or university in a state university system. Public school refers to primary and secondary schools which are funded and/or run by a governmental entity. quagmire:For alternate meanings see state university (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

State school is also a term used somewhat condescendingly or derisively by students and alumni of some "University of" schools to refer to "State University" schools of the same state, e.g., referring to any California State University from the perspective of the University of California. The California State University (CSU) is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College System. ... Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz UC Office of the President in Oakland The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ...

In Texas, "state school" is the designated term for a state-run residential facility for people with developmental disabilities.[1] Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Texas State Schools are a collection of residential facilities run by the state for people with developmental disabilities. ...

South Africa

In South Africa, a state school or government school refers to a school that is state-controlled. These are officially called public schools according to the South African Schools Act of 1996.


  1. ^ Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

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