surely all religions do this?
I went to one of the best state schools in the region (top 20 in the country), and been state all my life, so I think I got the best of both worlds.
Although saying that I don't think there's any private secondary/VI form Colleges within 50 miles of where I live.
I don't think the private places would take me anyway.
Say, for example, I was at a debate once (geeky, I know) and ranting about private schools to a group of people nearby- Manchester Grammar School were our opponents.
I said some things. For example, that the first 5 A*s were on the house, and that you basically paid for the results; a bit like bribery, I think I put it at the time.
I later found out that the guy in the group who looked unfamiliar was in fact the Head Boy of Manchester Grammar School. I don't think he was best pleased.
But we beat them, so all's well that ends well.
State primary, private school and 6th form
I went to a prep. school, then a grammar school, to another private school for a while, and then tried an odd mixture of irregular classes at a local 'institute' (not of the mental variety) and home-schooling (i. e., autodidacticism).