January 19, 2008
Are Private Schools in England "Charitable"? - The People Speak
"Sir, In the context of their concerted and established efforts to contribute to local communities and widen access to the education they offer, calling modern independent schools “exclusive clubs” is almost as out of date as the tediously familiar image of an imperious Etonian in tails, surveyed by picturesque urchins, which appeared — again — yesterday.""Sir, Until we get rid of the majority of independent schools, which, in reality, pay lip service to the idea of “serving the local community” so as to justify their charitable status, nothing of any substance will ever happen in the state sector. Creating two or three bursaries is patronising and is a way of stepping around the real issues."
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