Lmao. All these high school movies are somewhat accurate, however yeah they are exaggerated a bit. Most of the kids at my high school were cool, I went to a smaller one and most people were respectful of one another. Not really any “mean girls” type of situations. Yes there are really popular kids, I’m surprised to hear that it’s not like that over in your kneck of the woods? The popular kids are just like in the movies, the handsome sports star and the hot cheerleader is pretty typical.
As far as the prom goes, yes there is a prom king and queen. In fact every year there is also a football game that corresponds with a dance called “homecoming”. I was nominated for homecoming king one year but I didn’t win the vote The kids are the ones doing the voting so yeah the popular kids usually win it. Interestingly enough at my senior prom my best friend was prom king and our best girl friend was queen. He is gay and we had all been best buds since our first year, just interesting because as you pointed out he was not your typical prom king lol.
So tldr is that yeah what you see in those movies is for the most part how it really is. So my question to you is what is the high school (?) experience like over in England?