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Saturday 27th August 2016
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Why are private schools known as public schools?


Why do they refer to private schools like Eton as a public school?
Matt, Heathrow


** Definitive **
Name: Malcolm, Stockport
Qualification: My wife’s a headteacher
Answer: It comes from when children were educated at home by a governor. Or they had the option of paying to go to a school which was open to the public. So they became known as public schools.

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