There are many different categories of maintained schools in addition to academies, which, though publicly funded, are independent schools. If the school is a community school or is voluntary-controlled, the local authority decides on the admission arrangements and applications should be sent to the LA. If the school is foundation or voluntary-aided, the school governing body decides the admission arrangements and which children best meet its oversubscription criteria if it has more applicants than places. Whether you apply direct to the school or via the LA depends on whether the LA coordinates admissions. For further details contact your LA.