John Claughton Letter: Private education isn’t always expensive

The Independent, 11/11/14, HMC member, John Claughton, Chief Master, King Edward’s School, Birmingham writes:

The new head of the University of Birmingham proclaims that he will offer an education for which you would have to pay £30,000 in the independent sector (“University state school offers ‘£30,000-a-year standards’ to pupils”, 6 November).

He knows very well that such a sum is paid at boarding schools which also provide board and lodging. The fees of this independent school are just over £11,000 and 40 per cent of the pupils here don’t even pay that much. Indeed, 15 per cent of them pay nothing at all.

John Claughton
Chief Master
King Edward’s School, Birmingham