I always thought that it was all about the difference between US Eng and UK Eng.(Original post by threeportdrift)
In general conversation, a public school and a private school are, confusingly, the same thing. The contrast is public/private versus state school.
In the USA public schools are supported by the goverment and private schools are the ones who require high fees. In the UK the schools financed by the taxpayer are called state schools and public schoolsare the ones expecting the parents of their pupils to pay very expensive fees.
Mum wants to come to Freshers with me