Private school admissions ‘rising at fastest rate since 2008’

The Telegraph is reporting new research that suggests children are returning to private schools at the fastest rate since the financial crisis despite a rise in fees…

Figures show a bounce in pupil admissions this year as rising numbers of parents prioritise independent schools on the back of improvements in the economy, it emerged.

An annual report by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found that almost half of teachers working in private schools – 45.7 per cent – had seen increases in numbers in 2014 compared with just a fifth reporting a decline.

It was the most positive response to the question since 2008 and up from 39.8 per cent of staff who reported a rise in 2013…

Separate figures published by the Independent Schools Council found that the overall number of pupils in fee-paying education “held steady” in the last academic year at just over 500,000. Admissions from foreign pupils actually dropped slightly.

The rise recorded by ATL is made despite a continuing increase in fees, with average annual day fees more than quadrupling since 1990 from £2,985 to £12,700 in 2013. Boarding fees have soared from £6,800 to £28,000.

The ATL poll – based on a survey of more than 1,200 teachers – suggested most schools had increased their fees again in the current academic year. Of those teachers able to accurately discuss fee levels, only 12 per cent claimed prices had been cut or stayed the same at their school.

Other teachers said fees had risen, including around one-in-six who claimed prices were up by more than four per cent this year…

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Is this an inevitable consequence of some people starting to feel better off again or are there any other factors at play here? Interesting that the ISC figures suggest a drop in applications from foreign pupils as that seems to have been a key driver in recent times…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It would be interesting to find out from parents/students why they are choosing to go private instead of state

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Politicians keep telling us that state education is improving immeasurably so why would this be happening?

  3. HughdjNicklin

    andylutwyche My 1st wife always insisted that big majority of parents who can afford ind schs send their children 2 them. Was/is she right?

  4. sophiehazelpop

    SchoolsImprove The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in this country. Education needs to be a level playing field.

  5. Janet2

    So, ‘almost half’ of independent school teachers reported a rise in numbers.  That means more than half haven’t.  And the ISC says numbers at private schools is holding ‘steady’.  Yet the DT implies a surge in applications to private schools.

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