A type of secondary school in the UK, for children aged from 11/12 to 16/18. Comprehensives are public and non-fee-paying, and many of them were formed from secondary modern
schools after the phasing out of the 11-plus exam
in the early 80s, which sent children to different schools depending on ability
Comprehensive schools have something of a bad reputation as they are often very large, and there has been much debate over whether lumping all children together, regardless of ability, is a good idea. However, most of them are internally streamed
according to ability, and some have excellent teaching records.