The Public Schools Act
was legislation passed by the British Parliament
It was based on the report of the Clarendon Commission, a Royal Commission on Public Schools which ran from 1861 to 1864, and investigated nine schools:
The Act removed the schools from the control of the government, granting them their independence and instating a board of governors for each, and led to the relaxation of the curriculum, from the previously-mandated, wholly Classics
-based one, to a boarder academic span.