Are Private Schools a Waste of Money?

Charles Bonas contributed to this article in The Telegraph Magazine 01.05.2021, extract below.

‘There is no such thing as a “best school”,’ Bonas says. He
thinks that ‘most independent schools, despite charging fees,
still offer more value than most state schools in terms of
intangibles like heritage, aesthetics, confidence building, esprit
de corps, and tangibles – green space, teacher-to-pupil ratios
and essential facilities.’ But he recognises too that ‘some
children may have absolutely no interest in that and excel at
large, hugely diverse state schools and take justifiable pride in
working their way up. I predict that it will become more usual for
one sibling to take this route while another goes to an
independent day school, perhaps for the final two or five years,
while a further sibling goes to a small country boarding school
for seven years. All these outcomes will result in confident,
independent learners, positive in their differences.’

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