School (spelling)

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School[s] is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP.

In every sense and word class, the initial letters of school are s-, -c- and -h-.

The same is true of such related words as scholar (AWE also has a page on a near-homophone at scholar - squalor), scholarship, scholastic, etc.

It may help you to remember this if you know that the root of 'school' is the Greek σχολή, which uses the letter chi, transliterated as 'ch-'.

The fictional schoolboy Nigel Molesworth recounted some of his experiences in the book Down with Skool. This mis-spelling is part of Geoffrey Willans' satire of primary children. DO NOT REPEAT IT!

You may also like to see AWE's pages on Primary schools and Secondary schools;
maintained schools (which in UK terminology are schools maintained by the state (those which in the USA and other countries are called 'public schools'), along with several forms of school which make up the maintained sector: Grammar schools, technical schools and secondary modern schools (an older divided system of secondary education) and the comprehensive schools which have largely replaced them;
and two forms of fee-paying education known in the UK as Preparatory schools and Public schools although both of these terms have different meanings in other English-speaking countries.