Most children in the UK attend state schools. These are normally run by the Local Education Authority. In Oxfordshire, this is Oxfordshire County Council. Their webpage on Starting School contain a list of all state schools in Oxfordshire. Attendance in state schools is free but you must apply for a place for your child.
State schools in Oxfordshire are 'comprehensive', ie they do not select pupils on academic ability. One of the neighbouring counties, Buckinghamshire, has academically selective schools, which are known as 'grammar schools'.
State schools can also be:
- a faith school associated with a particular religion
- a special school for pupils with special educational needs (SEN), which may include physical disabilities, learning difficulties, or behavioural difficulties
- an academy or free school which receives funding directly from central government, and may set their own term dates, times and curriculum
Some schools have specific admission requirements, for example a faith school may require evidence of religious affiliation.