Private school head ‘would rather close down’ than become a state school

Magnus Bashaarat, of the £37,000-a-year Bedales in Hampshire, made the claim in the wake of the Labour Party conference voting to “integrate” private schools with the public sector. The Independent reports.

He said: “Were I to be given the ultimatum, tomorrow, that Bedales be made a state school, and that it should follow the national curriculum and policymakers’ preoccupations with the transfer of knowledge and disregard for humanities and the arts, I would decline. I would rather we shut our doors.”

Writing in The Times, he said he liked the idea of a national education system without the dichotomy between state and independent schools but that the UK had an “awfully long way to go” before it was ready to integrate the two systems “without sacrificing everything good that we do”.

Mr Bashaarat also said the “unholy triumvirate” of Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Jacob Rees-Mogg had made the Eton brand “toxic” and that the number of prime ministers coming from the same school was a “legitimate concern”.

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