Based on the government approved types of school, what type of schools is Hogwarts?

I believe it would be somewhat like a Foundation School where it is state funded and has a governing body that technically owns the grounds.

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    its a school of whichcraft and wizardry
    – Himarm
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 19:47
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    Whichcraft? Oh, thatcraft.
    – BBlake
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 20:19
  • Do they also teach Dance Magic?
    – Valorum
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 5:39

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None of the above. The school is evidently funded by a separate non-governmental body that exists within the UK but isn't answerable to the UK government. On that basis (and taking into account that the school is neither licensed, nor inspected by any Local Education Authority nor OFSTED) I would have to say that the closest description of it is that it's not a school in any discernible sense of the word but rather a private club for children of school age.

Because education is definitely taking place and because none of the teachers hold QTS status, you could possibly argue that it's a private academy of some sort (if you squint and turn your head sideways). It would certainly be illegal to operate on that basis so at the very best it's an illegal private academy.

  • I would throw my hat in with Acadamy. Also I'd argue that it's run and funded by the Wizard Government/MoM.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 20:03
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    @Pureferret - Don't even get me started on their policies on physical punishment of students, failure of duty of care, lapses in school safety, Health and Safety violations. I counted at least 30-40 crimes committed in Chapters 6 + 7 that would get any normal school closed instantly.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 20:06
  • @Richard - you are forgetting that Wizarding society runs by the model of between 400 and 100 years ago. Gotta make an adjustment for that Commented May 27, 2015 at 21:34
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    plus, they have a ginormously sized vicious basilisk underneath :D its enough to get the licenses cancelled :D Commented May 28, 2015 at 9:18
  • I'm willing to entertain discussion that it's an Embassy school.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 10:16

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