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- British girls' comic Bunty had a long-running strip called The Comp about this type of school. The comic's flagship story, The Four Marys, was set in an exclusive boarding school for girls and had run since the magazine began in the 1950s; so The Comp was introduced as a more modern counterpart in an effort to represent the kind of school that readers might actually attend.
- In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, the Fantasy Counterpart of the Good Old British Comp is the Thieves' Guild School. If places like Hugglestones and the Assassins' Guild School are the Discworld's Up to Eleven 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 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
- There is also the Convent School of Seven-Handed Sek, which generates the Disc's equivalent of convent girls. Their interactions with their more privileged peers at the AGS can be every bit as attitudinal, as an upmarket Venturi girl discovers at the price of her pride and dignity.
- Carry On Teacher, even though the school is a secondary-modern.
- Despite the above reservation about Scotland, surely we have to include Gregory's Girl
- The History Boys - though not a comprehensive (they go to grammar school), all the characters are working class and explicitly underdogs in their applications to Oxford.
- The Demon Headmaster is set in a "too good to be true" example (if the name wasn't a clue). The New Transfer Student protagonist finds that almost everyone is a model student, and kids can even be found parroting facts back and forth during breaks. Then she finds herself reciting stock lines whenever someone asks her about the school, and has no idea why...
- Adrian Mole went to one in the earlier books and many of his problems, especially in the first book, occur here, such as his dealings with Barry Kent and Headmaster Reginald "Popeye" Scruton. The sterotypical depiction is lampshaded when Hamish Mancini visits the school and is disappointed that canings have been done away with.
- In the Discworld of Terry Pratchett, the Fantasy Counterpart 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, Up to Eleven.
Live Action TV
- The archetypal example of such a setting is the children's Soap Opera Grange Hill (1978-2008). If you're British and born before 1990, you can probably hum the theme tune.
- Waterloo Road
- The Boot Street Band
- Behind The Bike Sheds was a short lived musical tv series set in one
- The Sarah Jane Adventures series one had one episode set at the local comp (Park Vale High School, which despite the name is this trope and not a High School) and the second series sees an increase in school set scenes because the Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Maria, Rani, is the daughter of the new Headmaster.
- The Doctor Who episode "School Reunion" was set at a comprehensive school whose teachers had been replaced with shapeshifting aliens.
- The Inbetweeners is the single best, most realistic depiction of British school life ever seen. Of particular note is how up-to-date the insults are (bellend and dickwad are particularly popular) and how they don't shy away from having kids swearing, watching porn and going on and on about sex (you know, as actual secondary schoolers and 6th formers actually do).
- Please Sir!, a sitcom (1968—1972)
- One episode of Educating Marmalade was a parody of Grange Hill and set in a comprehensive school.
- The Beiderbecke Affair
- Harmony attends one in The Queen's Nose
- Palace Hill was a particularly surreal example, with members of the Royal Family, and for one series a young Margaret Thatcher, rubbing shoulders with working-class teenagers. Oh, and one of the school toilets was actually a "time khazi", which is how Maggie managed to be there.
- Hollyoaks has several storylines set at the local version, Hollyoaks High (although its focus is on university students.)
- Immortalised in song by Madness in "Baggy Trousers" from 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 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.
- Annyseed attends a Comprehensive school, although the laws of the Annyseed universe don't require the students to wear uniforms.