Private education

Private education

Economy forces schools to limit fee increases

THE economic downturn has seen Scotland's leading private schools being forced to limit price increases as hard-pressed families tighten their purse strings.

'State should fund school boarders'

THE headmaster of a prestigious independent school has said he would like to take on state pupils as boarders if funding could be provided for their education.

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New calls for end to private education

TEACHERS remained undecided on the abolition of private schools in Scotland after a debate at the EIS annual conference.

Scotland's private schools record lower level of A passes in Highers

FEWER pupils at private schools in Scotland are achieving A-grades in Highers exams.

Middle class 'priced out' by private school fees

INCREASING numbers of professionals are being priced out of providing a private school education for their children, according to new figures.

School wins right to keep charitable status

A PRIVATE school yesterday won the right to retain its charitable status, in a test case which will ease fears that new rules could cost the independent education sector millions of pounds.

More parents choose private schools, with pupil numbers at 9-year high

INCREASING numbers of parents are choosing to send their children to private schools, at a time when pupil numbers in the state sector are falling, according to figures published yesterday.

They have only themselves to blame

HAROLD Wilson's sons were educated at UCS, an independent, fee-paying school in London. Nobody, as I recall, made a fuss about this decision, even though Wilson, before becoming leader of the Labour Party, was regarded as a man of the Left, belonging to the Bevanite group.

Kelly faces local party backlash

ANGRY Labour activists have vowed to block Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, from being selected for a safe Labour seat over her decision to send her son to a private school.

Outcry as Kelly sends child to private school

FORMER Education Secretary Ruth Kelly was today named as the minister who had enrolled one of her children in an elite £15,0000-a-year private prep school.

Fees-row school may help pay for degrees

PUPILS at a top private school found guilty of keeping its fees artificially high for three years could receive help with the cost of their university education as compensation, it emerged yesterday.

Private school set to break down barriers

AN Edinburgh private school could be the first Scottish school to introduce a scheme to give children from broken homes free places in boarding schools.

Would-be students use degree of guile

HUNDREDS of Scottish school pupils have paid a private company as much as £150 to 'ghost write' their university applications in an attempt to gain a place on high-demand courses.

Private education moving out of range for parents on average income

PRIVATE schools have moved further from reach for the average worker over the past five years, according to research.

Another bastion falls as academy votes to end single-sex education

FOR nearly two centuries, the Edinburgh Academy has been a mainly male bastion, boasting eminent alumni such as Tam Dalyell, a former Father of the House of Commons, and Charles Falconer, the Lord Chancellor.

Earnings boost for women who had all-girl education

GIRLS who go to single-sex schools earn more in later life than those who share their classes with boys, a study has found.

Scots educator who gave students a voice

OLIVER Goldsmith's perceptive description of the village schoolmaster in his epic poem The Deserted Village sums up perfectly the traditional view of a good old-fashioned British education. Teachers were strict and imposed discipline along with the three Rs. Unless told to speak, children were expected to be seen and not heard.

Local authority in a class of its own

THE number of parents choosing to pay for private schooling in Scotland's top performing education authority area has fallen dramatically over the last decade, The Scotsman has learned.

Funding lift for Gillespie's history plan

A HISTORY project at Dame Muriel Spark's former school has received a £49,000 boost.

Academy set to open its doors to girls

ONE of Edinburgh's top private schools is preparing to break with tradition and admit girls in all its classes.

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