Birmingham City Council

Types of schools

There are various types of primary school in Birmingham. These include maintained schools managed by the local authority or other organisations and academies that are state-funded but independent from local authority control.
In line with legislation, Birmingham Local Authority coordinate applications and offers to all state-funded schools in Birmingham, regardless of the type of school or academy.

Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
Voluntary Aided Schools
Foundation Schools
Academies
Free Schools


Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
Birmingham City Council is the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools.

Voluntary Aided Schools
These are schools that have been set up by voluntary bodies, such as churches or foundations. For each voluntary aided school the governing body is the admission authority and decides its own over-subscription admission criteria.

Foundation Schools
The Governing Body at each foundation school is its own admission authority and is responsible for setting the over-subscription criteria at their school.


Academies
Academies are independent, all-ability, state funded schools that are either new schools managed by independent bodies or existing schools that have converted to Academy status. The Academy Trust at each academy is its own admission authority and is responsible for setting the over-subscription criteria at their academy.
Free Schools
Free schools are new independent, state–funded schools that are established by individuals or organisations from a wide range of backgrounds, including charities and community groups. The body that established each free school is its own admission authority and is responsible for setting the over-subscription criteria at their school.