Definition of direct-grant school in English:

direct-grant school


  • (in the UK) a fee-paying school that received funds from the government in return for the admission of non-paying pupils nominated by the local authority.

    • ‘He attended a direct-grant school which expected its pupils to be on track for Oxford or Cambridge.’
    • ‘The working party will also look at proposals from Martin Stephen, headmaster of Manchester Grammar, who favours bringing the former direct-grant schools into a formal relationship with the state system.’
    • ‘Different Labour governments - sometimes with the tacit support of Conservatives - have destroyed the academic infrastructure in the secondary schools, the grammar schools and the direct-grant schools.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that, left to his own devices, Lord Adonis would reintroduce direct-grant schools.’
    • ‘He gets a scholarship to a direct-grant school, Latymer Upper in Hammersmith.’