Top 10 (make believe) schools

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the primary setting for most of the Harry Potter series. Photo / Supplied
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the primary setting for most of the Harry Potter series. Photo / Supplied

Hogwarts has topped the league tables - as the all-time best screen school, according to a poll.

Fans clearly preferred lessons in witchcraft and wizardry to more traditional classes in maths and English, edging ahead of Grease's Rydell High and Shermer High from The Breakfast Club.

The Harry Potter school picked up 45 per cent of the votes in the poll for streaming and DVD rental service Lovefilm.

More than 1500 film fans gave their choices, ahead of the start of the (northern) autumn school term.

Fans said goodbye to Hogwarts this year as the final Harry Potter instalment, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was released in cinemas to become the third-highest grossing film of all time.

Also highly ranked were institutions from Jack Black's comedy hit School Of Rock and TV's Saved By The Bell.

Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley said she was pleased to see some of the older films landing a place in the table.

"It is great to see some nostalgia creeping into the list, with schools from the 80s and 90s.''

TOP 10 ON-SCREEN SCHOOLS:
1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

2. Rydell High (Grease)

3. Sunnydale High (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

4. Shermer High (The Breakfast Club)

5. Bayside High (Saved By The Bell)

6. Horace Green (School Of Rock)

7. Padua Stadium High (10 Things I Hate About You)

8. William McKinley High (Glee)

9. Westerberg High (Heathers)

10. New York City High School for the Performing Arts (Fame)

- AAP

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