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    I went to state school and am glad I did. You meet people from all walks of life whereas this would be much the opposite if you went to private. I found state school makes you work harder as things aren't just laid out on a plate for you and reckon that it gives you much more life experience.
    As for those who reckon private schools outshine state schools in every category, several state schools in my area consistently perform better than the local private school...
    I'd have loved to have private school facilities though.
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    I couldnt've gone private, i feel that if its a good state school (offering a good curriculum etc) and you are a fairly self motivated then you will do just as well in a state school academically as you would in a private and i feel you'd get more life skills by attending the state school.
    Two of my mates come from a well off background and at the start of secondary school they went private, and within a term both of them left it and came to the same state secondary as me. They just couldnt get their head around how pompous and arrogant a lot of the people were (their words not mine).
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    (Original post by pleaserecycle)
    I went to state school and am glad I did. You meet people from all walks of life whereas this would be much the opposite if you went to private.
    I don't really see how that's true. Sure, if you go to a private school, you're not really going to be interacting with those children whose parents don't have much money.
    But then again, if you go to a state school, surely you won't be interacting with those children whose parents do have a lot of money?

    I found state school makes you work harder as things aren't just laid out on a plate for you
    In what way are things laid out on a plate for you at a private school

    and reckon that it gives you much more life experience.
    I would have thought that private schools gave you a good amount of life experience, what with all those school trips they organise to other countries and places of interest (such as ski trips), the activities that they have on offer (such as the Combined Cadet Force) etc.

    As for those who reckon private schools outshine state schools in every category, several state schools in my area consistently perform better than the local private school...
    Why did anyone bother going to that private school then?
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    State school. I wouldn't be the same person or have learned some of the harsh lessons that I have.
    I've achieved well and I know it's all my own work from my own motivation and making the best of all my opportunities.
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    I went to a very good Catholic primary state school, moderately good Catholic secondary school, and I'm going to an independant state funded 6thform college.

    I wish I'd gone to private school.
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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    Why did anyone bother going to that private school then?
    Well rounded education, the belif that all the fellow pupils will be 'good eggs' and not likely to be misleading or causing ones kid trouble, better qualified teachers, far better pastural care.
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    State school.

    My parents could have sent me to a private (being an only child :rolleyes:) but they chose not to because we're not rich or upper-middle class at all and they didn't want me to be ashamed of who i am compared to the other kids.

    But now that i'm about to apply to college, i can see how much of an advantage people at private schools have. Both the colleges i'm applying to have reserved places for students in their partner schools (all privates obv) and they get in without even having to formally apply. So basically they can get 11 D's while i can get 11 A's and they still have the advantage :lolwut:
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    state schools all my life. the way i see it, the only core differences between public and private is the differing levels of opportunities that are available and the differing levels of 'encouragement' to do your work. oh and of course the financial security and comfort a private school offers (along with the parents financial power to care for their child).
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    Private.

    It's good mainly cos there isn't some looney in the back playing around distracting everyone.
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    I went to a grammar, it's state school but with private quality :proud:
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    I went to a state primary and go to a private secondary. I now wish I hadn't gone private, I'm lower middle class and the bursary squeezes my family exceptionally tight, I haven't been on holiday in 3 years and can't afford school trips or extra stuff like music lessons etc. I would leave but I suppose it would be a bit stupid to do so now. That said basically everyone that goes there hates it.
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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    What makes you say that?
    Just out of interest, seeing as I've never been to a state school
    well the people who I know that went to private school are a little inexperienced in dealing with social situations and dont really know how to cope on their own.

    If you go to a private school the diversity of the people you are with is totally different then to the diversity at state schools.
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    I went to private school, paid for by the MOD, or I would've had to keep changing schools.

    To be honest the education at mine wasn't up to much, I got an average pread of GCSEs and I was top of my class. However the schoold specialised very heavily in dyslexia, about 40% of pupils had learning difficulties so the extra lessons to help my dyslexia were so so valuable.

    What private school really did for me was to give me some independence and force me to learn to look after myself. It taught me tolerance and patience. It's also taught me to appreciate my parents more, being away from them.

    Maybe I lost out on some valuable life experience though as it's a sheltered environment. But in my student house I was the only one who knew how to work the central heating system/how the electrics in the house worked/how to change a fuse/how to keep the place clean so it wasn't a total loss!
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    (Original post by katierattray)
    well the people who I know that went to private school are a little inexperienced in dealing with social situations and dont really know how to cope on their own.
    But the limited number of people you know who've attended private school cannot possibly be representative of everybody who goes to them. :P Equally, my friend who attended private school and is remarkably well-adjusted (not remotely "snobbish" or inexperienced in dealing with social situations), having attended a top Uni cannot account for them all either.

    From reading this thread there seems to be a negative perception of private schools but, I should think, on average (considering the number of top Uni spaces privately educated people take, &c.) it generally will be beneficial to a student's education to attend. I'm sure there are poor private schools, just as there are under-performing state schools.

    That said, I've had a really terrible time with state education. The school I attended from years 7-11 was exceptionally lousy and, no matter how hard I worked, I couldn't seem to quite counter the fact that only approx 35% of students left there with 5 A*-C grades. There were some amazing teachers but, generally, they were appalling. The buildings were falling apart, windows would often be broken (and left like it!), the heating often wouldn't be on in winter, textbooks were shockingly poor (and never enough to go around!) and the headteacher told me I should, "teach myself maths out of a revision guide, it's perfectly possible" and insisted that we didn't need a good teacher for said subject. Classes were often not based upon ability and... well, I won't go into the behavioural issues.

    It was a joke! On the other hand, you get brilliant state schools. I just didn't have the luck to attend one. :P
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    (Original post by Soylent Green)
    Not trying to sound posh but that doesnt seem enough for a private school...In comparison mines about £25,000 a year not including air fare.
    £25000!!!!!!!!!!!!! what do they do? give you textbooks with gold leaf?? jesus thats a lot isn't it?
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    I went to private school for the first 6 years of my education, and state from year 7 onwards.
    As a result of this, I am too posh for most state school people, yet not posh enough for those who were privately-educated
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    (Original post by katierattray)
    I think state schools are a better place for learning how to cope in the real world, I went to state school and it didnt do me anyharm, I wouldnt of wanted to go to private school. I dont think that a state school can be blamed for bad grades, I think that you can get good grades in any school if you put the work in.
    'Nuff said.




    I went to state school, and I couldn't have got better GCSEs, then I went to arguably the best non-selective state school in the country. So no, I don't wish I could have gone to private school. If my local 6th form hadn't been as good however, or had I needed more attention at secondary school, private school would have certainly been more attractive.
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    (Original post by Soylent Green)
    I go to a private boarding school so my view might be biased, but I reckon that its pretty obvious that generally private schools are better academically and pretty much in every other area...
    On the other hand, at my Private School/College: Money was a very big deal and if you didn't have it and say... you were on a scholarship.. you weren't allowed in certain cliques etc.
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    (Original post by Ambielina)
    But the limited number of people you know who've attended private school cannot possibly be representative of everybody who goes to them. :P Equally, my friend who attended private school and is remarkably well-adjusted (not remotely "snobbish" or inexperienced in dealing with social situations), having attended a top Uni cannot account for them all either.

    From reading this thread there seems to be a negative perception of private schools but, I should think, on average (considering the number of top Uni spaces privately educated people take, &c.) it generally will be beneficial to a student's education to attend. I'm sure there are poor private schools, just as there are under-performing state schools.

    That said, I've had a really terrible time with state education. The school I attended from years 7-11 was exceptionally lousy and, no matter how hard I worked, I couldn't seem to quite counter the fact that only approx 35% of students left there with 5 A*-C grades. There were some amazing teachers but, generally, they were appalling. The buildings were falling apart, windows would often be broken (and left like it!), the heating often wouldn't be on in winter, textbooks were shockingly poor (and never enough to go around!) and the headteacher told me I should, "teach myself maths out of a revision guide, it's perfectly possible" and insisted that we didn't need a good teacher for said subject. Classes were often not based upon ability and... well, I won't go into the behavioural issues.

    It was a joke! On the other hand, you get brilliant state schools. I just didn't have the luck to attend one. :P
    I went to a terrible state school aswell but you can still learn and achieve good grades in a state school its down to the person not the school.

    I have met alot of people who have attended private schools and they arent prepared for life and the school they went to is a good school.

    I think that going to a state school is beneficial because you have to work harder to succed which is beneficial because you have learned to work harder.
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    (Original post by Soylent Green)
    Not trying to sound posh but that doesnt seem enough for a private school...In comparison mines about £25,000 a year not including air fare.

    My parents have spent over £100k on my education :| And I stayed at home!
 
 
 
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