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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys
Posted by: Anita Blake
Date/Time: 22/04/15 09:19:00

'I must admit to being baffled that people think that the point of school is to prepare for exams at an age where the results are utterly meaningless.'

Sadly, in 21st century Britain where you went to school is becoming the most important determinant of what you end up doing in life. The 140,000 or so that it takes to educate a child privately looks like a bargain if it significantly boosts their life chances. You only have to look the senior positions occupied by people who went to local schools to see the importance - Chancellor of the Exchequer (St Paul's), Labour Leader of the House (St Paul's Girls), Hammersmith MP (Latymer) and the likely next MP for Ealing Central and Acton (Notting Hill and Ealing).

Top positions in the civil service, the BBC, national newspapers, law firms, the City are dominated by people from schools like this. For this reason many people regard prep school and 11+ exams as the most important of all and it is hard to argue with their reasoning.

We went down the state education route and the outcomes look to have been quite good in our case. However, it would be wrong to pretend that we had a choice as we weren't really in a position to pay for private education. It would also be wrong to pretend that the state education system offers anything that is comparable to top local private schools at the secondary level. Most children who excel at local state schools do so with the help of private tutors covering areas where the supplied teaching is deficient.


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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 08:41:00 Emma Ivine
   Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 08:59:00 Anna Beck
      Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 09:23:00 Karen Liebreich
   Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 09:40:00 Anita Blake
      Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 09:50:00 Emma Ivine
         Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 11:30:00 Elizabeth Jane Daley
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 11:40:00 M Patience
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 12:58:00 Thomas Barry
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys22/04/15 09:19:00 Anita Blake
      Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 16:39:00 Liz Combes
         Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 16:58:00 Anna Beck
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 17:22:00 Jenn Irvine
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 17:49:00 Hilary Atherton
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 18:08:00 Anna Beck
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 18:20:00 Jenn Irvine
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys21/04/15 18:56:00 Anna Beck
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys22/04/15 10:38:00 Hilary Atherton
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Falcons Pre-Prep or Orchard House for boys22/04/15 12:26:00 Elizabeth Ross

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