Definition of voluntary school noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


voluntary school

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a type of British school run by a religious group or other independent organization. Voluntary schools receive money from the local authority or the government in the same way as other state schools, but may provide the school buildings. Voluntary-aided schools have more independence than voluntary-controlled schools. Most voluntary schools are run by Christian groups. The first Muslim voluntary school in Britain was created in 1998.