Definition of voluntary school in English:

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voluntary school

Pronunciation: /ˈvɒləntriskuːl/


(In the UK) a school which, though not established by the local education authority, is funded mainly or entirely by it, and which typically encourages a particular set of religious beliefs.
Example sentences
  • His Education Bill proposed state schools where voluntary schools had not been established, to be administered by elected school boards.
  • The Church of England continued to supervise religious instruction in the schools and its own voluntary schools were to be supported from the rates.
  • They were also empowered to borrow money, to use compulsory purchase orders to acquire sites and to accept the transfer of religious / voluntary schools to their control.
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