Independent schools are schools that charge fees to attend rather than being funded by the state. They are sometimes referred to as private schools or, in the UK, Public schools. Some are privately owned, some are run by charitable trusts.
The independent school sector is not obliged to teach the National Curriculum However, they must be registered with, and meet certain regulations set by, the DfES (Department for Education and Skills). In Wales the schools are registered with the Welsh Office Education Department-WOED. Independent schools are also free to set the day and term lengths.
Half of all independent schools are inspected by Ofsted
. Schools that are members of the Independent Schools Council are inspected by The Independent Schools Inspectorate
and some schools are inspected by the School Inspection Service
Admission to independent schools can be based on interview, common entrance exam, previous school report or a mixture of all of them. Independent schools generally have smaller class sizes and offer a wider range of extra- curricular, activities.
Independent schools can be boarding or day, single sex or coeducational.