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In England and Wales, a public school is a private school that provides secondary education which parents have to pay special fees for.
In Scotland and the United States, a public school is a school that is supported financially by the government. In England and Wales, this kind of school is called a state school.
|Noun||1.||public school - a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board|
school - an educational institution; "the school was founded in 1900"
charter school - an experimental public school for kindergarten through grade 12; created and organized by teachers and parents and community leaders; operates independently of other schools
|2.||public school - private independent secondary school in Great Britain supported by endowment and tuition|
Gymnasium, lycee, lyceum, middle school, secondary school - a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
Eton College - a public school for boys founded in 1440; located in Berkshire
Winchester College - the oldest English public school; located in Winchester
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom