"some cotton-wool private school for rich brats"
Eton College, one of the UK's most prestigious private schools
Creative Commons AttributionEton College, one of the UK's most prestigious private schools - Credit: Wolfiewolf

In the UK, there are two sorts of schools: state schools, which are funded by the government, and private schools, which are paid for by the parents. Because school fees for private schools are high, most of the children who go to them come from wealthy families.