Cold war extends to private schools as number of Russian children sent to UK almost halves

The Telegraph reports that the number of Russian students whose parents live overseas has been steadily growing since 2007 but has dropped sharply over the past two years, according to the Independent School Council’s (ISC) annual census.

In 2015, there were 2,795 Russian pupils at the UK’s private schools, but this has now dropped to 1,699, the latest figures show. Meanwhile, the number of Chinese students attending fee-paying schools has soared in recent years.

Grace Moody-Stuart, director of Good Schools Guide education consultants, said that wealthy Russian families have historically been attracted to British boarding schools for the prestige associated with an all-rounded education.  

“If they live overseas they will be sending their children to prestigious British boarding schools. They want the sport, the art, and everything that is excellent about that education,” she said.

Ms Moody-Stuart said that while the Russian families who send their children to private schools in the UK tend to be extremely wealthy, the Chinese families tend to be more middle class. 

“Many of the Chinese students do not speak English. But they are very bright, they work very hard, they’re very ambitious,” she said.  

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