Future of private schools ‘at risk’ as loyalty among parents and teachers declines

The future of private schools is at risk because loyalty among parents and teachers is declining, an educational expert has warned in The Sunday Telegraph.

Charles Bonas has argued middle class families now have equally better schooling options in the state system as parents look for the ‘right, convenient, and affordable’ school.

The co-organiser of the Independent Schools Show, the world’s largest exhibition for British private schools to be held later this year, said parents are now more willing to shop around and move away from old ties.

His comments followed a soaring in private school fees, which are at their least affordable since the 1960s as concerns over the affordability for middle class families grows.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Bonas said: “The cliché used to be the father would call from the maternity hospital and the first rite of passage in your child’s life would be a call to the housemaster to say get him registered for the school in 13 years’ time.

“And it was decided. You go to the old prep school and you go to your father’s senior school but now you have to go through all the barrage of entry tests and so many of these schools are too academic for many children and parents want to be near the school even if it’s a boarding school.”

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