The Sunday Times is reporting that the heads of some of the country’s leading private schools have rejected claims that they are bolstering privilege in society.
In a letter to the newspaper, the 12 heads, including Simon Henderson at Eton College and Joe Spence at Dulwich College, say their schools are striving to be engines for social mobility, with up to a quarter of pupils at some schools drawn from poorer homes and receiving bursaries or scholarships.
They said it is time to stop being “rude” about their schools which provide outstanding education.
The letter follows Cabinet Officer Matt Hancock’s call for companies to ask job applicants whether they went to private school to “level the playing field” with candidates from poorer homes.
That prompted Lord Waldegrave, provost of Eton College, to pledge to quit the Conservative party over the move.
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