Unlike Public Schools in America, in Britain, a public school is a school that is not run by the Government. Before a child can attend, the parents must pay a fee (set by the school) and often the child must pass an exam to show that he or she is intelligent enough to enter. Public schools in England usually have higher standards that State schools (the equivalent of American Public schools), and pupils usually perform better in exams. However, these schools can also be called Private schools.
Famous English Public Schools
- Ampleforth - the premier Roman Catholic public school in England.
- Cheltenham Ladies' College - one of the two most prominent girls' public schools.
- Eton College - 'the' school for much of the British aristocracy. Attended by David Cameron.
- Harrow School - attended by Winston Churchill
- Roedean - near Brighton, a major girls' school
- Rugby School - the nineteenth-century model for the English public school tradition.
- Wellington College - has strong links to the Army
- Winchester College - the most scholarly of the main public schools.