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    (Original post by _princessxox)
    Day boarding for the entire year at my school is £28,350, so still a lot more than £6000 per year
    Well obviously there are more expensive schools, mine is 5000 per term for day-pupils, for example.
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    (Original post by DrSocSciences)
    Nonsense. Maximising your own potential, having the luxury of immersing yourself in an environment in which your peers attach value to their education, and making lifelong networked friendships gives you freedom.
    I guess it depends what you value. To me freedom is doing what I like when I like.. The people you'll be surrounded with won't be atypical of the world itself so I don't really know why you'd want to be there. I mean they would offer extra-curricular activities but again i'm sure you could pay money externally to get the same experiences at a state school. Meh. For me school is an annoyance, I would have been much happier just having a tutor..
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    (Original post by FailedMyMocks)
    I guess it depends what you value. To me freedom is doing what I like when I like.. The people you'll be surrounded with won't be atypical of the world itself so I don't really know why you'd want to be there. I mean they would offer extra-curricular activities but again i'm sure you could pay money externally to get the same experiences at a state school. Meh. For me school is an annoyance, I would have been much happier just having a tutor..
    Perhaps I haven't made myself clear. A few years of 'confinement' can give you a long life of freedom. I left school 31 years ago. You guys forget that there's a very long life that follows your schooldays, and you can access the best possible version of it, if you choose to commit to those few years at school.
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    (Original post by DrSocSciences)
    Perhaps I haven't made myself clear. A few years of 'confinement' can give you a long life of freedom. I left school 31 years ago. You guys forget that there's a very long life that follows your schooldays, and you can access the best possible version of it, if you choose to commit to those few years at school.
    Not necessarily. You act like you can't get stellar grades at a decent state school.. It's grades at the end of the day that determine what universities you go to.. Money is good for experiences and opportunities for private education I feel it is a waste.

    I should have gone to college, but I went to a sixth form and I regret it so much. I think if you are semi smart, want to actually study you should go to a college where you will have your taught subjects but also time outside to do extra curricular activities if of course you can afford it.
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      I went to a normal school and still got into a RG uni, it all depends on how much effort you put in tbh , however saying that Private schools are a lot better for education and stats do show this as most people succeed at private schools
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      I go to an all girls private school and I really enjoy the learning and the way of life. At the beginning of year 7 I moved from a state school into this private school in year 11. I love the teachers and all the opportunities we receive. I'm barely 15 and I already have about 4 or 5 qualifications. The only issue that I have that I've only started developing this year is friendship issues. Since my school is very small with not many people I don't have many very close friends anymore as they have all left and I feel very lonely. However, at my school if you are feeling like this there's always someone to hang around with even if you don't particularly want to. This differs from school to school because obviously there are other private schools have lots and lots of students and of course boys and girls. Private schools are a bit of a love hate thing. It's like marmite. You either love it or you hate it because I know some people who have left within days due to not liking the school. If you want anymore advice or questions feel free to ask and hmu x
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      I'm on a scholarship at a private school that costs £16,000 a year. Personally, I wouldn't send my children to private schools as I feel as though ultimately it's the role of the child to do well at school, not the teachers. If you can afford to pay for it, sure, go for it. But I believe you can get good support from state/grammar schools, especially if you work hard and respect others. I've got friends who go to state schools who have way outperformed me with results.
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      (Original post by Rex Onocrotalus)
      I'm on a scholarship at a private school that costs £16,000 a year. Personally, I wouldn't send my children to private schools as I feel as though ultimately it's the role of the child to do well at school, not the teachers. If you can afford to pay for it, sure, go for it. But I believe you can get good support from state/grammar schools, especially if you work hard and respect others. I've got friends who go to state schools who have way outperformed me with results.
      Exactly. It's the child and his motivation to get good grades that will affect his outcome more than the type of education itself.
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      (Original post by FailedMyMocks)
      Not necessarily. You act like you can't get stellar grades at a decent state school.. It's grades at the end of the day that determine what universities you go to.. Money is good for experiences and opportunities for private education I feel it is a waste.
      Not at all. Of course you can get stellar grades at a decent state school. However, I think you're underestimating the other benefits of being at a private school, which I have already mentioned
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      £6000 a term is a huge amount, especially when you might get the same grades at state school, and get a better education in life - you meet people from all different walks of life, not just those with rich parents
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      (Original post by DrSocSciences)
      Not at all. Of course you can get stellar grades at a decent state school. However, I think you're underestimating the other benefits of being at a private school, which I have already mentioned
      I feel I have took them into consideration. I wouldn't be happy there and I'm sure many people would feel the same. Your teenage years should be yours to own. A institution shouldn't be telling you that you have to do this activity, that activity attend this session that session if you don't want to.. just my 2 cents. A private school would help a child achieve better grades no doubt, I just feel the drawbacks are greater.
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      I did not go to a private school.. and up until a few years ago I would have been on the side of 'Not worth it.. never did me any harm'.

      But recently my mind changed quite dramatically when 2 of my family members became teachers at private schools, and I got to see first hand what its like within these schools.

      Honestly, the facilities.. the care.. the overall package.. is just so superior in some private schools (Not all) to other schools that they are not on the same level. That's not even mentioning the academics.

      For me, private schooling my children will be about their chances in life - with the emphasis on 'Chance'.

      There is a chance they could fail in both schools, or be unhappy in both.. or do amazingly in both, or get into good/bad friend circles in both etc. etc. - but from what I have seen, I would wager that paying for private school pushes those chances towards the favorable end for mine and my wife's future children. It can't guarantee anything, but it certainly helps a bit.
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      I'm just gonna put this out there, that if you're not ready to put in the mental investment, you won't get anywhere, whether that be private or public. Paying for better grades is a laughable reason. Additionally, Private School isn't one body, there are such things as good and bad ones, you really should consider doing research into the environment etc before dumping 6Gs of what I assume is your family's money, on something that you may not get anything out of.

      My advice: If you're not comfortable, leave. Go wherever you want, just remember that blindly dumping 6k won't make your grades shoot up overnight, really do some research into the actual school before making such decisions. I'm not saying that Private Schools are not worth it, not at all, just make sure that you go to somewhere that you can easily see will make good on such an investment, or alternatively a v good state/grammar school.
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      If you go you will probably succeed. Westminster school has 50% of their students going to oxbridge and they have the money and teachers to make sure you do well. The only downside I might see is stress and stuff like that. For a levels they are especially good and you have a better chance of going to uni. I personally dont like private skls because i think its unfair that they get better chances than me just for having money, but I would take the chance to go in a heartbeat.
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      (Original post by FailedMyMocks)
      Exactly. It's the child and his motivation to get good grades that will affect his outcome more than the type of education itself.
      Thats not necessarily true, If your school is bad enough and unorganised enough it can really impact your grades. In my secondary a whole year of Drama students got C's and D's with only one achieving a B because the teacher was awful and left their final performance to two weeks before the due date, when they are supposed to have 3 months to prepare. They also confused the units for their BTEC A level science students, which meant a month before the exams they had to redo all their experiments which take two school years to do. Evey last one of them failed the practical part.
      So while I agree that motivation is key to success a good school can really boost you in the right direction, they have opportunites, small classes, better links. So if given the chance I would deffo go for it.
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      (Original post by FailedMyMocks)
      A institution shouldn't be telling you that you have to do this activity, that activity attend this session that session if you don't want to.
      Erm, that's exactly what an institution does, and is intended to do. There's lots of stuff in life that I don't want to do, (pay tax etc), and opting out "because I don't want to" seems a pretty petulant, childish response.
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      only if you're quiet af
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      (Original post by Ellieg333)
      £6000 a term is a huge amount, especially when you might get the same grades at state school, and get a better education in life - you meet people from all different walks of life, not just those with rich parents
      your negatives are part of the point for a lot of parents..

      I want mine and my wifes future kids to meet a lot of kids with rich parents. Why? Because statistically on the whole wealth does not change dramatically between generation.. Chances are those kids of rich parents will one day be rich themselves. They are excellent contacts for my future kids.

      The old saying of 'its not what you know, but who you know' - is enough justification for private school alone. Contacts made in secondary school can last a life-time.

      What good is it for my kids to have a better education in life? I don't want them to have an ordinary life - I want them to have a very privileged life.. for that an education in 'life' if such a general thing exists is pointless. Its much more useful for them to have an education in the specific skills, social etiquette etc. etc. that they will need for securing themselves a decent well off future. If they want to experience 'real life' (as some would put it) then they can do that outside of school in their free time. In school they are their for the sole purpose of learning and securing themselves a better future. Both of which are enhanced by being at a (good) private school.
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      I’ve been in public school all my life until this year (year 12) I moved to a private school. I personally don’t think it’s worth it to move to a private during GCSEs as I got 8A*s and 2As in public - you can really get everything you need online and in books. However, I’m rather struggling with A Levels, with the highest I’ve gotten so far a B. But the pastoral care and the level of teaching is SO good for A Levels and I think it’ll be beneficial in the long run.

      I think that it is completely pointless to move to private years 7-9, even more so during primary school. It is kind of understandable during GCSEs but certainly not necessary, but I think you NEED to go to a private sixth form to have a better chance to do well. Hope this helps
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      (Original post by fallen_acorns)
      your negatives are part of the point for a lot of parents..

      I want mine and my wifes future kids to meet a lot of kids with rich parents. Why? Because statistically on the whole wealth does not change dramatically between generation.. Chances are those kids of rich parents will one day be rich themselves. They are excellent contacts for my future kids.

      The old saying of 'its not what you know, but who you know' - is enough justification for private school alone. Contacts made in secondary school can last a life-time.

      What good is it for my kids to have a better education in life? I don't want them to have an ordinary life - I want them to have a very privileged life.. for that an education in 'life' if such a general thing exists is pointless. Its much more useful for them to have an education in the specific skills, social etiquette etc. etc. that they will need for securing themselves a decent well off future. If they want to experience 'real life' (as some would put it) then they can do that outside of school in their free time. In school they are their for the sole purpose of learning and securing themselves a better future. Both of which are enhanced by being at a (good) private school.
      People like you make me cringe
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