"If your children have already been born, you have left it too late to save," as the saying goes.
For those seeking to educate their children privately, the adage is pertinent: school fees have risen by more than a fifth since 2012, outstripping the rise in average earnings, says Lloyds Private Banking.
Many parents want to send their child to a private school “but increasing fees mean even those on higher salaries may struggle to afford it”, says Sarah Deaves, private banking director at Lloyd.
Just seven per cent of British children go to fee-paying schools. The charges vary depending on where in the UK you live and the type of education you want. London has seen the biggest rise in fees, up by a quarter since 2012 to £16,560 a year, according to the Independent Schools Council. Read more.
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There are currently around 163 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. Almost half of these are in what are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools.
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