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.
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.