Private schools freeze fees to aid the ‘squeezed’ middle class

The Telegraph is reporting that a number of independent schools are cutting or freezing fees from next term as middle-class parents struggle to pay for their children’s education.

A rising number of fee-paying schools are looking at ways to lure back their traditional customers who have been pushed out by soaring fees, The Telegraph has learnt. It follows calls for public schools to behave more like grocery discounters such as Aldi and offer a budget option.

Earlier this month, Robin Fletcher, the head of the Boarding Schools Association, said private schools needed to focus on offering a premium product at a more affordable price.

Westonbirt School, an independent day and boarding school in Gloucestershire for girls aged 11-18, is freezing its £29,550-a-year fees for the next academic year…

St John’s International School, a day and boarding school in Devon, is following suit by freezing fees from September. Simon Larter, headteacher at the £12,000-a-year school, said he decided to freeze fees to “make them more affordable for our local parents”…

Other schools freezing fees include Wrekin College in Shropshire, West Buckland School in Devon and Moyles Court School in the New Forest…

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The demand for places at independent schools – especially at the top end in terms of reputation – seems to have remained very high despite tougher economic times over the past few years.

However, much of that demand has come from overseas parents. It will be interesting to see what the long-term impact of this is and what happens if UK schools lose their international appeal.

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  1. Funny, but when socio-economic background is taken into account, then UK state schools outperform private schools in PISA tests (OECD).  The private school ‘dividend’ is down to intake (and a perception that these are ‘elite’ institutions) not teaching.

  2. ddubdrahcir

    SchoolsImprove Of course, because most people in the squeezed middle have £12-30,000 spare every year for schooling. Squeezed top?

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