Foundation StatusSt Luke's School and Forest House Education Centre were successful in becoming Foundation Schools in 2016.What does Foundation School status mean?A foundation school is a state-funded - maintained school - in which the governing body has greater freedom in the running of the school than in community schools. Foundation schools were set up under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to replace grant-maintained schools, which were funded directly by central government. Foundation schools own their land and buildings and with capital and running costs met by the government . Within the maintained sector in England, approximately 2% of primary schools and 15% of secondary schools are foundation schools. Almost all of these are non-faith schools. The laws that create a foundation school automatically make them a charity.