Private school admissions ‘rising at fastest rate since 2008’

The Telegraph, 08/11/14,  a study by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers suggests that many private schools are witnessing an increase in pupil numbers this year.

Figures show a bounce in pupil admissions this year as rising numbers of parents prioritise independent schools on the back of improvements in the economy, it emerged.

An annual report by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found that almost half of teachers working in private schools – 45.7 per cent – had seen increases in numbers in 2014 compared with just a fifth reporting a decline.

It was the most positive response to the question since 2008 and up from 39.8 per cent of staff who reported a rise in 2013.

The findings will be seen as evidence of a recovery in the private school population following years of flat lining numbers in the wake of the economic downturn.

Separate figures published by the Independent Schools Council found that the overall number of pupils in fee-paying education “held steady” in the last academic year at just over 500,000. Admissions from foreign pupils actually dropped slightly.

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