The Independent is reporting that parents will spend £236 on average to send a child to school this coming term.
A study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the bank Santander, reveals the total cost of preparing a child for the new school year adds up to £2.9bn. The amount covers school uniform, shoes, jackets, gym clothes, books and e-books, stationery and school bags and is worked out between state and privately funded schools…
The beginning of term cost is higher in church foundation or trust schools – £375 compared to £371 in private schools.
The cheapest schools are community schools that have remained in the care of the local authority, where kitting out for school costs £226 and weekly costs average £49 a week. By contrast, parents who send their children to academies face a £262 bill for start-up costs and £56 per week thereafter.
Selective state grammar schools are more expensive, with an average £329 spent on getting a child ready for schools and £76 paid out on a weekly basis…
I’m not sure how robust this study was, but if valid, what do you think about the apparent differences in costs between different types of schools?
Is there any obvious reason, for example, why academies should cost more than local authority schools both in terms of initial costs and then also for ongoing costs?
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