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A+ Grade - Good Schools GuideBristol Living Magazine - 20th September 2016

Education is certainly the greatest gift a child could ever have, but – as all parents know – every present comes with a price tag. Good Schools Guide Advice Consultant Nicky Adams counts the cost of school – both state and independent.


Much like lunches, there is no such thing as a free education, even in the state sector. Of course, parents who choose an independent school for their son or daughter face an even heftier bill. But in both cases, forewarned is forearmed and before applying to a school or college it is always worth researching the costs to make sure that they are affordable. If not, financial help can often be made available.

State education

Although state education itself is free in the UK, there are nearly always additional or optional costs for parents. In fact, a recent survey by Aviva found that parents spend at least £1,600 every year sending a child to state school, which adds up to an eye-watering £22,596 for a whole school career (4-18), then more on top if your child continues into higher or further education. By far the largest cost for working parents of young children is after-school care, but all parents find that other little extras all add up: Read more

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