Families pay thousands applying to ‘up to nine private schools’

The TES is reporting that families are applying to up to nine schools each and paying non-refundable deposits of up to £1,600 for places their children may never take up.

Schools say that the insurance practices adopted by panicked parents are hindering their planning for the next academic year and have even led to playground arguments between some competing adults…

…despite the exams and interviews needed to win these places, more and more are being rejected by parents who end up with several offers on the table.

Heads say that it is becoming increasingly common for families in London to “spread their bets”.

David Goodhew, headteacher at Latymer Upper School, a private school in Hammersmith, told TES that five years ago, parents were applying for approximately three schools, but that this has since tripled.

“It makes it hard to organise offers. If you get it wrong you could get a bulge year or get too few financially,” he said…

See more in the 11 March edition of TES.

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If it is a serious issue then presumably the only way to stop (or at least reduce) it would be to significantly increase the size of the non-refundable deposits but would that be fair?

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