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UK independent schools explained

Independent public schools

'Public schools' - that count heavy weights such as Eton, Harrow and Rugby among their membership - are so called because enrolment is open to the general public, providing said public can pay the fees!

Independent schools, public schools and private schools are essentially the same thing and have history to blame for their different and perhaps confusing, range of names.

Independent schools range from the glorious and great to tiny schools run by parents who want a particular kind of education for their children. They have no state funding, instead they rely on tuition fees, gifts and endowments.


Private schools - paying for the privilege
Article published 2nd June 2008     It used to be the case that only the upper crust and the very wealthy sent their children to private schools. Nowadays more than half...

Preparatory schools
  Are they all Harry Potteresque? For pupils aged 8+ preparatory schools, (or 'prep schools', as they are more usually known) are independent schools that prepare children for...

Pre-preparatory schools
  From birth onwards you need to think about the type of school you want your child to attend. If you're considering the independent sector a great pre-prep school will undoubtedly...

Article published 17th January 2009   An increasing number of senior independent schools, who admit children at age 13, are pre-testing children at age 10 or 11. We said that...

Independent schools reviewed by The Good Schools Guide
Article published 6th December 2008 There are so many guides to schools it can be difficult to know where to start but, The Good Schools Guide is the ONLY guide that 'cherry-picks'...

10 reasons to choose an independent school
Article published 9th December 2009   Times may be hard yet, despite the odd private school closure, reports show the independent school sector is remaining resilient and robust....

Boarding schools explained - the right choice?
Exeats? Prep? Jolly hockey-sticks? Boarding isn't for every child or indeed every family, but squeals of delight are frequently heard from those it suits, 'We have so much fun, one...

Boarding at a UK school
To board or not to board – is that the question?   Traditionally, heartless British parents sent their little darlings off to school at seven or eight and didn’t...

How to choose a UK boarding school
Article published 14th May 2008 Each school as unique as your child? Give a great deal of thought to what sort of character you want your child to turn out to be. Boarding schools,...

What price boarding?
Article published 14th May 2008 It's not just the financial outlay... Most people are aware that, for the vast majority of boarding schools hefty fees and extras are a given, but...


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