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.
- Two existing independent schools will join the state sector as free schools.
- Twice as many new free schools will start the new term this week compared with last year, as 55 open their doors for the first time, the Government has announced.
- Currently, schools - unless they are academies or free schools - must ensure that all meals meet strict nutritional standards, such as correct levels of salt, fat and sugar.
2 historical A school for which no fees were charged, typically run at public expense.
- 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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