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Definition of free school in English:

noun

1(In England) a school set up by an organization or a group of individuals, funded by the government but not controlled by the local authority.
Example sentences
  • While the efforts of those individuals who set up free schools may be commendable, the overall effect on society is to deepen social segregation.
  • The first term has begun for the 57 pupils at Corby's new free school, which has opened in an old teacher training building.
  • The national curriculum will set a benchmark for academies and free schools to measure themselves against, and for parents to use to hold them to account.
2 historical A school for which no fees were charged, typically run at public expense.
Example sentences
  • After ordination he took charge of the Little Friary among the destitute in Cork, where he opened free schools and founded a charitable society in St Vincent de Paul's tradition.
  • Nineteenth-century leftists assumed all that was necessary to create a just society was universal suffrage and free schools.
  • The foundation of the school is taken to be the October 24, 1546, when Holgate received letters patent for the foundation of three free schools at York, Old Malton and Hemsworth, where he was born, from Henry Vlll.

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