The UK has a variety of famous schools some of which have been educating children for centuries. These schools are generally private schools. The best known famous schools in the UK include:
- Cheltenham Ladies College - Cheltenham Ladies College is one of the best known girls' schools in the country. It takes students from 11-18 years.
- Eton - Eton can date its history back to the 1440s when it was set up by Henry VI. Eton is only open to boys and children can attend from the age of 11 to the age of 18. Eton boys are famous for the formal tailcoats and waistcoats that they wear.
- Gordonstoun - Gordonstoun was established in 1934 and offers co-educational options for boys and girls from 8-18.
- Harrow School - Harrow was given a Royal Charter in the 1500s by Elizabeth I although it has been in existence since the 1200s. Harrow, like Eton, is a fee paying private school for boys.
- Roedean - Roedean is a girls' private school that was founded by three sisters in the late 1800s. It is held to be the most costly girls' private school in the country.
- Rugby - Rugby was established in the 1560s. This is a co-educational school that allowed girls to enter the sixth form in the 1970s and which has allowed them to enter the school as a whole in the 1990s.
- Winchester - Winchester was founded in the 1300s and takes on boys from the age of 13-18.
- Yehudi Menuhin School - this school was founded by Yehudi Menuhin to help musically gifted children. It generally takes children on from the ages of 8 to 18. The school is part private in that parents pay something towards the cost of their child attending the school but they do not have to pay traditional full private school fees.