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10th Nov '17 4:54:58 PM Malady
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27th Oct '17 7:20:49 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, the FantasyCounterpart of the Good Old British Comp is the Thieves' Guild School. If places like Hugglestones and the Assassins' Guild School are the Discworld's UpToEleven take on British boarding schools for the socially well-heeled, Pessimal reasoned, then there surely must be a run-down secondary modern somewhere in the city which is neither socially upscale nor all that academically inclined. But which teaches its less privileged pupils all the street-smarts they will ever need. As the TGS is just round a corner or two from the AGS - look out for Class War between toffs and scruffs to be played out in all its violent glory. Assassin students may learn all about stylish weapon-use, but Thieves are also taught skills like Bladed Weapons, Use of Cosh, How to Break a Bottle Safely [[note]] - ''your'' safety, not that of the person you intent to use it on[[/note]] and, most crucially, Resisting Arrest. The respective Headmasters, Mr Boggis and Lord Downey, deplore the violence and frequenlty get together for a social drink and discussions on fostering amity between their respective pupils. [[note]]TGS teacher Miss Steffi Gibbet and AGS tutor Miss Alice Band have forged positive links between the two schools in [[LesYay their own special way]] and are prominent in getting their pupils to see eye-to-eye without wanting to poke it out.[[/note]]




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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/TerryPratchett, the FantasyCounterpart of the Good Old British Comp is the Thieves' Guild School. Pratchett did not get round to describing this teaching institution in anything like the same depth of detail he gave to the more socially upscale Assassins' Guild School, but ''The Thieves' Guild Yearbook'' sketches out enough background detail to infer that this is Ankh-Morpork's take on the Good Old British Comp. Taken, as you would expect, UpToEleven.
24th Jun '17 8:59:26 AM WillBGood
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* Immortalised in song by Music/{{Madness}} in "Baggy Trousers" from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' --> ''Lots of girls and lots of boys/ lots of smells and lots of noise.'' Interestingly, written partly as a reaction to 'Another Brick in the Wall'- the slightly younger, working class members of Madness didn't entirely relate to [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors that image of school]] - their own education had been slightly more relaxed, and they were aware that the teachers were making do as best they could with their situation as much as the children.

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* Immortalised in song by Music/{{Madness}} in "Baggy Trousers" from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'':
--> ''Lots of girls and lots of boys/ lots of smells and lots of noise.'' Interestingly, ''
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1st Mar '17 11:06:28 AM FF32
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* St. Frost Academy in ''VideoGame/WastedYouth''.
7th Jan '17 9:57:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] was set at a comprehensive school.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] was set at a comprehensive school.school whose teachers had been replaced with shapeshifting aliens.
16th Aug '16 4:20:19 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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They used to be able to administer a caning, but this was stopped in the 1980s; many a media commentator has called for its return. Highly popular for the expected hijinks the students (and also often teachers) will get up to, because really, really shouldn't get up to them. Such shows are naturally prone to DawsonCasting.

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They used to be able to administer a caning, but this was stopped in the 1980s; many a media commentator has called for its return. Highly popular for the expected hijinks the students (and also often teachers) will get up to, because really, really they shouldn't get up to them. Such shows are naturally prone to DawsonCasting.
19th Sep '15 3:23:56 PM HowlingSnail
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Comprehensive schools were set up in the 1960s by the UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson government, replacing the old system of Grammars and Secondary Moderns (where you went and a lot of your future depended on the dreaded 11 plus exams -- this system still prevails in Northern Ireland and small parts of England, and a variation on it can be seen in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' books and movies).

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Comprehensive schools schools, now generally just called "Secondary Schools", were set up in the 1960s by the UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson government, replacing the old system of Grammars and Secondary Moderns (where you went and a lot of your future depended on the dreaded 11 plus exams -- this system still prevails in Northern Ireland and small parts of England, and a variation on it can be seen in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' books and movies).



British school pupils in almost all cases are required to wear school uniform and you can spot a troublemaker from a mile off by the fact that he or she [[CustomUniform isn't wearing it properly]] (skirt too short, tie askew, top button undone). It is of note that in some schools, not wearing one's uniform correctly has encroached en masse, to the extent that very few pupils wear the entire uniform correctly. They generally include a white shirt, tie, dark bottoms (trousers or skirts) and smart dark shoes.

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British school pupils in almost all cases are required to wear school uniform and you can spot a troublemaker from a mile off by the fact that he or she [[CustomUniform isn't wearing it properly]] (skirt too short, tie askew, top button undone). It is of note that in some schools, not wearing one's uniform correctly has encroached en masse, to the extent that very few pupils wear the entire uniform correctly. They generally include a white shirt, tie, dark bottoms (trousers or skirts) and skirts), smart dark shoes.
shoes and, quite often, a blazer.



Gangs are common, both of the good ("let's have a jape") and bad ("let's nick the smart kid's lunch money") variety. Kids in TV schools display a far greater degree of coordination on their own than one ever saw in real life. The teachers have to be called "miss" or "sir" (a policy that only actually happens in some schools) and are generally highly strict. Whatever you do, don't annoy the Head Teacher.

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Gangs are common, both of the good ("let's have a jape") and bad ("let's nick the smart kid's lunch dinner money") variety.variety, although most schools now have electronic payment for school dinners, so it's more "steal their dinner card/finger print". Kids in TV schools display a far greater degree of coordination on their own than one ever saw in real life. The teachers have to be called "miss" "Miss" or "sir" "Sir" (a policy that only actually happens in some schools) and are generally highly strict. Whatever you do, don't annoy the Head Teacher.



Scottish state schools aren't called comprehensives; typical terms are "high school", "academy" or "secondary school". There are a wide range of other differences, but none of them are relevant to the trope, except that uniforms seem to be more optional.

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Scottish state schools aren't called comprehensives; typical terms are "high school", "academy" or "secondary school". There are a wide range of other differences, differences between English and Scottish schools, but none of them are relevant to the trope, except that uniforms seem to be more optional.
11th Sep '15 10:15:42 AM Kitchen90
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Scottish state schools aren't called comprehensives; typical terms are "high school" "academy" or "secondary school". There are a wide range of other differences, but none of them are relevant to the trope, except that uniforms seem to be more optional.

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Scottish state schools aren't called comprehensives; typical terms are "high school" school", "academy" or "secondary school". There are a wide range of other differences, but none of them are relevant to the trope, except that uniforms seem to be more optional.



* [[Film/CarryOn Carry On Teacher]]

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* [[Film/CarryOn Carry On Teacher]]Film/CarryOnTeacher, even though the school is a secondary-modern.
9th Jul '15 9:51:02 AM DaibhidC
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* ''Literature/TheSecretDiaryOfAdrianMole'' went to one in the earlier books and many of his problems, especially in the first book, occur here, such as his dealings with [[TheBully Barry Kent]] and Headmaster Reginald "Popeye" Scruton. The sterotypical depiction is lampshaded when [[{{Eagleland}} Hamish Mancini]] visits the school and is disappointed that canings have been done away with.

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* ''Literature/TheSecretDiaryOfAdrianMole'' ''Literature/AdrianMole'' went to one in the earlier books and many of his problems, especially in the first book, occur here, such as his dealings with [[TheBully Barry Kent]] and Headmaster Reginald "Popeye" Scruton. The sterotypical depiction is lampshaded when [[{{Eagleland}} Hamish Mancini]] visits the school and is disappointed that canings have been done away with.
21st May '15 1:24:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Immortalised in song by Music/{{Madness}} in ''Baggy Trousers'' from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' --> ''Lots of girls and lots of boys/ lots of smells and lots of noise.''
** Interestingly, written partly as a reaction to 'Another Brick in the Wall'- the slightly younger, working class members of Madness didn't entirely relate to [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors that image of school]] - their own education had been slightly more relaxed, and they were aware that the teachers were making do as best they could with their situation as much as the children.

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* Immortalised in song by Music/{{Madness}} in ''Baggy Trousers'' "Baggy Trousers" from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' --> ''Lots of girls and lots of boys/ lots of smells and lots of noise.''
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'' Interestingly, written partly as a reaction to 'Another Brick in the Wall'- the slightly younger, working class members of Madness didn't entirely relate to [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors that image of school]] - their own education had been slightly more relaxed, and they were aware that the teachers were making do as best they could with their situation as much as the children.



** And for that matter, the free fan-made sequel for the PC called ''Klass of 99.''

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** And for that matter, the free fan-made sequel for the PC called ''Klass of 99.''
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