Sending a child to boarding school from the ages of seven to 18 now costs up to half a million pounds a study shows.
Boarding fees have seen an average annual rise of 4 per cent for each of the last five years according to research from the Good Schools Guide.
The national average of 11 years at a boarding school is currently ￡415000 – compared with ￡340000 in 2013 says the study.
And the bill for sending a child to one of the country’s most expensive establishments has now hit ￡500000.
Increasingly many schools are catering for excessively wealthy families from Russia China and the Middle East where a British public school education is highly prized.
Some experts have said this shift has contributed to the fee rises since these families have vast wealth and are willing to pay almost anything. They also expect top-of-the-range facilities which must be paid for by schools through the fees.
But it means aspirational middle class families who may have sent their children to boarding school in the past are now priced out.
Despite the fee increases being much higher than the rate of inflation many within the industry expect fees to rise at a similar level in the years to come.
Beth Noakes editor of the The Good Schools Guide – Boarding Schools said: ‘The outlay for a boarding school education would buy a small castle in some parts of the country.
‘There can be no doubt that many middle-class families who once would have considered boarding have now been priced out.’
“毫无疑问，许多曾经考虑过寄宿学校的中产阶级家庭现在已经被排挤出去了。”Schools in London and the Home Counties tend to be more expensive but it is possible to experience a board for much less with the cheapest schools costing a total of around ￡222000.
At any boarding school parents should expect to pay for uniform sports kit music tuition and school trips as well as the fees.
However the research found that some schools are offering reduced fees to guarantee they continue to get middle class English children – while some even give away fully-funded places to outstanding pupils.
bs Manchester United Kingdom 7 hours ago
They’re not priced out greedy boarding schools simply want to increase the price. And are using wealthy families from overseas as an excuse. No pity either way because boarding schools were created by the wealthy who actually priced the working class out of a high level education.
susiecutelondon London Town United Kingdom 3 hours ago
Boarding school is awful why have kids then send them away? My husband was sent to boarding school at 6 and it has damaged him.
Nulli Secundus Oxford United Kingdom 1 hour ago
We all should want the best for our children if we can afford it… it’s the added benefits on top of the education that they receive…. social skills self confidence positive attitudes self belief manners etc…..
simplyme Oxford United Kingdom 1 hour ago
High class children’s home
Mr Sin Nick The Real World United Kingdom 1 hour ago
Boris and Moggie are shining examples of why we need to ban this sort of education it brings out the very worst in human skills.
twigsok london United Kingdom 28 minutes ago
Apart from education surely it’s a parents job to teach a child social skills manners and build their self confidence