I was under the impression, that high school is typical AmE while in UK secondary school was used. However, I was confronted that in British English high school is also used, and I was provided with this link www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/high-school as confirmation.

This feels rather odd to me, however I haven't found any sources to verify it one way or another so the question is - is high school allowed in BrE?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_England#Schools_and_stages mentions High school in "State funded schools" at the same level as secondary school however the article left me non the wiser...

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    Secondary school is the usual term for 11-18 yr-olds. – BillJ Jun 18 at 15:53
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    Similar to this recent ELU question. In UK, we do not have "high school" as a generic type of school. Some schools have that in their name though, or as the linked table seems to show, be used internally to represent the section of the school. – Weather Vane Jun 18 at 16:03
  • Agree with @Weather here, definitely think that wiki article is dubious though! I went to a privately funded school which had High School in the name and was reception - 6th form. Plus I went to a different boarding school for "secondary school" which also does not follow that table on the wiki page! – Bee Jun 18 at 16:36
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    I have never heard "high school" for an English school except in the titles of certain schools: "My secondary school is called X High School". If a British person says "high school" I understand them to be speaking of something in the US. However I believe there are regional variations, and perhaps it's used in Scotland. – jonathanjo Jun 19 at 17:58

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