'Public schools' - that count heavy weights such as Eton, Harrow and Rugby among their membership - are so called because enrolment is open to the general public, providing said public can pay the fees!
Independent schools, public schools and private schools are essentially the same thing and have history to blame for their different and perhaps confusing, range of names.
Independent schools range from the glorious and great to tiny schools run by parents who want a particular kind of education for their children. They have no state funding, instead they rely on tuition fees, gifts and endowments.
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