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Private school fees up 43%

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UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 10:40:19

story here

Deliberate, do you think?...

So if only "18 professions" can now afford them, and they don't include teachers, architects or police officers, what are they? Any offers?

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 10:52:54

I'll start then:

Chief executive of council (rather than using the schools in his own local authority - ooh, bit of politics, layzangemmun?).

cornsilk Sat 12-Jul-08 10:54:57


UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 10:57:04

Yes, while championing the "excellence" of the schools in their constituency (some strange new use of the word "excellence" with which I was not previously familiar).

brimfull Sat 12-Jul-08 10:59:39

Consultant Doctors
Army officers (as they're helped)

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:09:19

Are they really? That's interesting.
Are any other professions helped?

nailpolish Sat 12-Jul-08 11:11:34

teachers who work in these schools
my friend is a teacher in a private school and gets a 50% discount

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:12:14

oh yes, I think I did know that. It's not always as much as 50% though is it?

Cammelia Sat 12-Jul-08 11:12:22

Pop stars


Hospital Consultants

Global brand owners

Brewery Heiress's

Fund Managers

Merchant Bankers




UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:13:24

'Journalists' is a pretty big group, though. I mean, there's Rosie (spit) Millard and there's the bloke who does the round-up on the Bogshire Gazette.

nailpolish Sat 12-Jul-08 11:13:25

i have no idea
i only know what my friend gets

Cammelia Sat 12-Jul-08 11:15:31

Sorry UQD I of course meant Famous Journalists

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:16:38

Can all MPs afford it? What's an MP's salary - about £60K? I suppose it depends on other outgoings.

nailpolish Sat 12-Jul-08 11:18:22

mps dont really live on their salary though do they
they get most of their income from other things

SueW Sat 12-Jul-08 11:18:50

Some teachers get 90% discount e.g. Repton

Teachers in GDST schools don't get any discount. Or not at our local one anyway.

noddyholder Sat 12-Jul-08 11:20:50

Lots of local builders here have been sending theri kids to private not sure how long that will last!

ruty Sat 12-Jul-08 11:21:34

Arms dealers
Drug smugglers
Drug manufacturers
Oil Tycoons
Russian Mafia
Saudi Royal Family
Traffic Wardens [sorry prob not just got carried away there]

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:24:20

And bursaries are only for the really low income, to judge by our local independent schools (less than 13k). Those in the middle get squeezed - too "rich" for a bursary, too poor to pay the fees themselves.

nailpolish Sat 12-Jul-08 11:29:22

lots of ordinary people send their children to private schools

they just worked their arses off and do without cars holidays nicely decorated houses etc

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:31:28

I'm sure that's true. It's still out of reach for a lot of "professional" incomes though. It's not just the fees but all the expected "extras" like music lessons and uniform and trips.

Creole Sat 12-Jul-08 11:31:54

ermmmmm, lottery jackpot winners??

nailpolish Sat 12-Jul-08 11:33:20

i know a couple who own a sandwich shop who send their 2 girls to a private school

and folks get help from grandparents etc. inheritences.

why are you so bitter UQD?

cornsilk Sat 12-Jul-08 11:33:24

UQD - very true - I've been looking for ds1 and it's £5.50 a day for dinners, which are compulsory, which adds on another £100 a month.

UnquietDad Sat 12-Jul-08 11:34:09

Who says I am bitter?
It seems to be Wilfully Misinterpret Me Morning on here...

SilentTerror Sat 12-Jul-08 11:35:27

DHis a GP and is opposed to private education due to inverted snobbery grin,but most of our GPfriends send their children to private schools,indeed his partner in the practice does.
Some do extra sessions to afford it.
Ithink it depends on how many children you have,ie alot of people could afford to send one child,wheras not many,even in thehigher paid professions,could send 4.

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