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What is a faith school?

Faith schools have to follow the national curriculum, but they can choose what they teach in religious studies.

They may have different admissions criteria and staffing policies to state schools, although anyone can apply for a place.

The majority of faith schools in England are Church of England or Roman Catholic. According to a House of Commons briefing paper, at the end of January 2017 there were 27 Muslim faith schools in England.

Are faith schools subject to the same checks as other state and private schools?

Faith schools are inspected by Ofsted, the schools watchdog. Ofsted is responsible for inspecting maintained schools and academies, some independent schools and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education.


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