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com·pre·hen·sive school

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  1. comprehensive school, composite schoolnoun

    a large British or Canadian secondary school for children of all abilities


  1. comprehensive schoolnoun

    a normal secondary school, accepting pupils of all abilities; replaced the secondary modern schools and grammar schools


  1. Comprehensive school

    Comprehensive schools are primarily about providing an entitlement curriculum to all children without selection either due to financial considerations or attainment. A consequence of that is a wider ranging curriculum that includes practical subjects such as design and technology and vocational learning that was less common or non-existent in grammar schools. Providing economic post 16 provision becomes more challenging for comprehensive schools because of the number of courses needed to cover a broader curriculum with comparatively fewer students. This is why schools have tended to get larger and many local authorities organised secondary education into 11-16 schools with the post 16 provision provided by Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges. Comprehensive schools do not select their intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude but there are demographic reasons why the attainment profiles of different schools varies considerably. In addition, government initiatives such as the City Technology Colleges and Specialist schools programmes make the comprehensive ideal less certain. In these schools children could be selected on the basis of curriculum aptitude related to the school's specialism even though the schools to take quotas from each quartile of the attainment range to ensure they were not selective by attainment. A problem with this is whether the quotas should be taken from a normal distribution or from the specific distribution of attainment in the immediate catchment area. In the selective school system admission is dependent on selection criteria, most commonly a cognitive test or tests. Although comprehensive schools were introduced to England and Wales, in 1965 164 selective grammar schools are still in operation. This is a very small number compared to approximately 3500 state secondary schools in England. About 90% of British pupils attend comprehensive schools. Comprehensive schools correspond broadly to the German Gesamtschule and to the high school in the United States and Canada.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprehensive school in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

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    The numerical value of comprehensive school in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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