Schools in Great Britain In Great Britain there are different types of secondary schools. Most of them are state schools where education is free. But some parents choose to pay for private education. Private (or public) schools in England and Wales are very expensive and they are attended by about 5 per cent of the school population. The education in public schools is of high quality, the discipline is very strict. Most of private schools are either for boys or for girls. Public schools are famous not only for their perfect education but also for the right friends and contacts which are useful for a successful future. In some British schools uniforms are worn by all the pupils, in others the children can wear what they want to. Some public schools in Britain, such as Eton, have uniforms based on what was worn over a hundred years ago. Some private schools are very famous, such as Eton, Harrow, Rugby and Winchester. Harrow school is famous as the place where Winston Churchill was educated, as well as six other Prime Ministers of Great Britain, the poet Lord Byron and many other prominent people.