A boarding school education now costs more than half a million pounds.
The Times revealed last year that annual fees at the most expensive and best known schools would reach £40,000 for the first time.
Now analysis by the Good Schools Guide shows that educating a child who starts boarding aged seven in 2018 could cost £500,000 in fees by the time they reach 18. This figure does not include extras such as uniforms, sports kits, school trips and music lessons.
The guide says that boarding school fees have risen by 4 per cent a year on average for the past five years. “Despite the increase in the cost being much higher than the rate of inflation, many within the industry expect fees to rise at a similar level in the years to come,” it says. “Boarding schools in London and the home counties tend to be more expensive but it is possible to experience a boarding school education for less.” Read more.
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Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
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There are currently around 164 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 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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If you think your child would benefit from a boarding school education, but are put off by the high fees and consequent limited social mix of a typical independent boarding school, you may find that a state boarding school is the answer. Read more...
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Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious. Grammar schools are located in 36…
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