1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
From the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Every year we patiently wait for that wax-sealed envelope to arrive on our doorstep inviting us to Hogwarts, and every year nothing arrives but more disappointment. There are so many exciting things going on at Hogwarts, that we simply recommend you scrap your current school and just go to Hogwarts instead. If that’s not possible however, then quidditch, potions lessons (preferably without Snape), secret passageways, talking paintings, feasts, transfiguration lessons and owls are just some of our suggestions for making school a bit more bearable. Health and safety might be a slight issue (Hogwarts has had more than its fair share of mishaps) and we wouldn’t expect a career in anything apart from teaching or for the ministry of magic at the end of it… but it would 100% be worth it.
2. Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches
From the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
If Hogwarts is a little too quirky for you, then Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches might be a worthy second choice. This British girls’ boarding school for witches is set in a stone castle on top of a mountain surrounded by forest, which we assume is much better than looking out the window at a grey playground. First years are each given a little kitten to perch on the end of their broomsticks on their first day, lessons include how to make a laughing potion, and school trips are to places such as Gloom Castle at Grim Cove. And if clumsy Mildred Hubble can get through the year in one piece, then we’re sure we could manage it too.
3. Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women
From the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Although outsiders think Gallagher Academy is a prestigious and snobby all-girls school, it’s actually a school for spies where the pupils are trained in martial arts, learn political secrets and try to crack CIA codes. With an underground security system, secret passageways, hidden elevators and different sublevels, there is a lot to explore at this school. But our favourite has to be the Grand Hall, with food created by a former White House chef, and a board that dictates which language and accent everyone should use for conversation each day. Much better than moaning about the rain whilst eating a soggy ham salad sandwich!
4. The School
From the Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith
Mysteriously named ‘The School’, Murph Cooper doesn’t realise that his new school is for children with superpowers until his teacher gets him up in front of the class and asks him demonstrate him cape (capability to you and me). With lessons on how to control your cape, and teachers such as Mr Flash and Mr Souperman, there’d never be a dull class at The School. We wouldn’t want to be like Murph and go there with no capes at all though. We’d opt for Mary’s ability to fly if given the choice. Or maybe Nellie’s cape to control the weather would come in handy when it comes to sports day and school trips.
5. Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
From the X Men comics
Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters was founded to help young mutants to control their powers, and encourage better relationships between humans and mutants. The mansion in which it’s based comes complete with an underground bunker, danger cave, boathouse and even holding cells to keep dangerous villains. Like most of the schools on our list, being a pupil there is probably as dangerous as it is cool, and unfortunately at Xavier’s School the mortality rate surpasses the graduation rate. The mansion itself has also had to be rebuilt several times after various battles and attacks. We’d definitely be up for it if our superpower was immortality though!
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