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comprehensive school

noun
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for comprehensive-school

comprehensive school

noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a secondary school for children of all abilities from the same district
2.
(Eastern Canadian) another name for composite school
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comprehensive school

in England, secondary school offering the curricula of a grammar school, a technical school, and a secondary modern school, with no division into separate compartments. Pupils are placed in A, B, or C "streams" according to their aptitudes and abilities. Comprehensives are similar to the large, multipurpose American high school, in which the ability grouping system is known as "tracking."

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