• Ex-private school director ‘unable’ to repay £150k loan

    The director of a private school that went bust had an “overdrawn” £150,000 loan when it collapsed, an investigation by auditors has found. But despite the Henriette Le Forestier Schools company owing creditors more than £900,000 – including £231,000 to former employees – just £30,000 will be recouped from the loan. Henriette Le Forestier Schools,

    17.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Private school with £35,000 yearly fees looks for £3.50-an-hour apprentice to tend grounds

    A private school with annual fees of £35,000 is looking to take on a £3.50-an-hour apprentice to tend its grounds, in a move branded “a disgrace” by one of the UK’s largest trade unions for school support staff. Cheltenham College, an independent coeducational boarding school in Gloucestershire, advertised for an ‘apprentice groundsperson’ on the gov.uk

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Council launches investigation into benefits of private schools

    A council is reviewing the community benefit of local private schools to decide if they deserve generous discounts in business rates. It is thought to be the first time a council has taken this step and while the rates cannot currently be changed for charitable organisations, experts believe pressure could be exerted on the government

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Here’s why ‘low-cost’ private schools in England WILL work

    One of the architects behind proposals for a low-cost private school in England explains why he believes the ‘no frills’ education model can take off… My work over the past 17 years has focused on low-cost private schools mainly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In these regions, private education is everywhere, even for low

    5.00 Feb. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Notices to failing private schools to be made public by government

    Damning improvement notices for dozens of failing private schools will now be published online by the government, a year after Schools Week first requested and revealed the figures. The disclosure comes as new figures show the number of independent schools rapped for poor performance is increasing. The government said publishing statutory improvement notices issued to

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Private schools want £55m funding to offer 10,000 places for low-income pupils

    Private schools want to offer up to 10,000 places to low-income families every year – as long as the government provides £55 million to fund the scheme. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has this morning announced proposals to create new places for families unable to afford private school fees. The ISC wants the government to

    10.02 Dec. 9th, 2016 | News

  • Private schools spend three times more on each pupil

    Private schools are bumping up their fees while state school funding remains flat, widening the attainment gap between the state and independent sectors, academics have claimed. Research published this week by the UCL Institute of Education, titled The labour market benefits of private schooling, has found that fees within the private sector have increased well

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2016 | News