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You may want to research schools in your area or find out specific information about a school. There are resources to help you:
If you want to know what schools Lancashire County Council maintains you can download a list:
From time to time we review the educational provision of the schools we maintain. You can find out if a school you are interested in is under review in our schools reviews section.
Lancashire County Council maintains many types of schools across the county. The autonomy of the school depends on the type of school. The different types of schools we maintain include:
We don't maintain the following types of schools:
Nursery schools offer early education for eligible three and four year olds. We also offer nursery classes in primary schools. In addition we work with private and voluntary providers to guarantee the provision of early education places in Lancashire.
There is a mix of community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided and foundation schools. We co-ordinate applications to schools but who determines the admissions arrangements depends on the type of school.
Some of our secondary schools offer sixth form education. We propose and determine the admissions arrangements for sixth forms.
Most maintained secondary schools in Lancashire are comprehensive, however Ribble Valley, Lancaster and Rossendale offer grammar school education. These are schools (which are academies) that select children by academic ability. They co-ordinate the secondary transfer process with Lancashire County Council, and for this purpose tests are held in the Autumn Term of the academic year preceding that in which children are admitted to secondary school (i.e. in the Autumn Term of Year 6).
A special school is just for children with statements of special educational needs or education health and care plans. You can view a list of maintained special schools in Lancashire.
Mainstream schools also have extra resources to allow them to make provision for certain types of special educational needs.
You can find out about SEN and how children are assessed.
Short-stay schools are pupil referral units which provide education to pupils at risk of exclusion or who are permanently excluded from school.