Most schoolyards are fairly generic: children using the climbing equipment, playing football, trading Pokémon cards, and even some showing off cool and colourful backpacks like this to their friends.
That said, even the wildest playground isn’t likely to be anywhere near the level of craziness that goes on in some fictional schools.
Here are some of our favourites…
Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters from X-Men
Bound to have a bit less anarchy than that of Hogwarts, Professor X’s school is still likely to have your fair share of unpredictability and hazards.
Though the movies and TV shows don’t show us an awful lot of school life, it’s fair to say that most schoolyard fights probably wouldn’t end in a verbal argument, rather fire, ice, lightning, or adamantium claws…
Battle School from Ender’s Game
Sadly, the film version of Ender’s Game didn’t really portray Battle School anywhere near to the extent detailed in the book, as years and years of Ender’s struggle and hardship was seemingly crammed into a few days in movie time.
Battle school in general doesn’t exactly sound like the most fun with its military-type harshness, however, the amazing moments when you can float around in zero gravity whilst firing stun guns in a giant room would almost even things out.
Starfleet Academy from Star Trek
A bit like wanting to maximise your lack of responsibility and freedom at college before heading out into the wide world of employment, the Starfleet Academy is the place to learn the ropes before getting involved in epic space battles.
What’s more, cultural diversity here will be seen in profuse amounts, as you’ll not only meet those from different countries, but different planets. Here’s a quick guide to all the species enrolled at Starfleet.
Hogwarts from Harry Potter
No doubt that many of the students who finish Hogwarts will be experts in spellcasting, potions, or spotting a dragon, yet it remains to be seen how they’d fair in basic English, mathematics, or even any sport that doesn’t use a broomstick.
Still, the constant excitement and danger that exists in life at Hogwarts (at least when Harry Potter was enrolled) is enough reason to get up and go to class every day. Just hope that you’ve got Lupin instead of Snape first thing Monday morning…
Coal Hill School from Doctor Who
The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan was a pupil at Coal Hill School and in the very first episode of Doctor Who her unearthly nature came to the attention of teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Their curiosity piqued, they followed her home to a local junkyard and to a fateful first encounter with the Doctor.
In the show’s 25th year, Coal Hill was the focus for an Imperial Dalek incursion in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’, set just months after the events of ‘An Unearthly Child’.
Jumping to the present day, the school took on a rather eccentric temporary Scottish caretaker alongside [SPOILER] the recently deceased Clara Oswald and Danny Pink.
Springfield Elementary from The Simpsons
It’s a little rundown, sure, and the education system might not be world-class, but Springfield Elementary’s array of colourful characters and wacky faculty is what gives the school its heart.
Where else could you drink ‘malk,’ eat gym mats for lunch, or even get turned into lunch yourself if you’re not careful enough.
What’s your favourite fictional school? Let us know below…
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