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Sometimes referred to as public schools, these include both preparatory, or ‘prep’, schools, which prepare pupils for the Common Entrance Examination at 13 or for the Eleven Plus in those areas where it still exists; and private secondary schools. They are fee‐paying.

In Scotland, too, independent schools are fee‐paying, and provide education for the age of 3–18. Again they are known as private or ‘public’ schools although they do not receive any public funding. All are registered with the Scottish Education Department and receive regular inspections from HM Inspectorate of Education. As they are not managed by the education authority, these schools are not required to teach the Scottish national curriculum although in practice nearly all pupils are entered for the same public examinations as in state schools. However, after standard grade examinations, some schools choose to follow the English Advanced Level system as opposed to Scottish Highers.

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