May 28 2015

Private Schools in the UK ‘Too Expensive’ Says Eton Headmaster

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The headmaster of Eton College, one of the most renowned colleges in the UK says that the best independent, private schools in the UK are too expensive for middle-class families.

Tony Little, the head at Eton thinks that fees at the leading British private schools that can exceed £30,000 per year put them out of reach for many middle-class parents.

According to recently released numbers from the Independent Schools Council, the fees at British boarding schools again increased above the rate of inflation. Compared to last year, fees went up by 3.6% on average.

Eton’s headmaster voiced his concerns in a speech at the Boarding Schools’ Association Conference: ““If you’re talking about this phrase ‘the squeezed middle’ not being able to afford those schools, that is a concern to a lot of people.”

While Eton College is one of those private schools in the UK that can offer fee assistance to some students, this is not the case with many other independent schools in Great Britain.

The fees for renowned independent schools, among them Eton, Winchester or Harrow are more than £35,000 per year.

Those fees are covering costs for facilities and pastoral care according to the headmaster. Mr Little pointed out that there are alternative for those families who struggle to meet those costs.

The Kingshottschool is one of those private schools Hertfordshire that families should consider.