School admissions 2011

Schools by type

Community schools

Community schools are state-funded and the school's staff are employed by Oldham Council. The Council is also responsible for the school's admissions and owns the school's estate.

Trust schools

Trust schools are state-funded foundation schools which receive extra support (usually non-monetary) from a charitable trust made up of partners working together for the benefit of the school.

Voluntary Aided C of E schools

Voluntary Aided C of E schools are state-funded but with contributions to building costs by the Church of England. The church also has a substantial influence in the running of the school.

Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic schools

Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic schools are state-funded but with contribitions to building costs by the Roman Catholic church. The church also has a substantial influence in the running of the school.

Voluntary Controlled Community schools

A Voluntary Controlled Community schools are state-funded, and a foundation or trust (usually a Christian denomination) has some formal influence in the running of the school.

Academies

Academies are directly funded by the Department for Education and are independent of direct control by local government (i.e. Oldham Council).

Infant schools

Infant schools are for children aged between 4 and 7 years.

Junior schools

Most junior schools cater for pupils moving from infant schools from the September following their seventh birthday. Pupils join in Year 3, and stay at the school for four years, leaving at the end of Year 6 when most pupils are aged 11.

Special schools

These schools cater for pupils with special educational needs.