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I am looking to change schools for my younger son. He is currently in a French homologue school, but we would like to switch him into the English system for various reasons.
We are in West London, and our elder son went to a private pre-prep and is now at a selective prep. We were happy with the education he received at his pre-prep, but that was due to the teachers he had, who were fantastic. However, the school changed in ethos during our time there due too being taken over by a for-profit schools group just before we started. The changes took place during our time there and the environment changed due to a more pushy, corporate one. The increase in pushiness was probably exacerbated by the increase in pushiness of parents (used to have a more laid-back environment, now full of gung-ho parents who only want their son to go to Colet Court). Additionally, the idea of for-profit schools does bother me, particularly when school fees go up 5% each year, despite the school being "very profitable" (said by the deputy head), and the group made a net profit of £8 million from its London schools last year.
We have a spot reserved at this school, as his brother went there, however I wanted to see if there were still schools out there which were small and not in a for-profit school group. All the schools around me seem to be for-profit.
My catchment state school was in special measures in the not too distant past, and had to be closed. I don't think that would be an option. The best state school in the area is very close to me, but it is catholic, and I am a fervent athiest.