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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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Beautiful Natures, Overpriced Products and Self-Destruction

Beautiful Natures, Overpriced Products and Self-Destruction

(p.248) Chapter Nine Beautiful Natures, Overpriced Products and Self-Destruction
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the risks faced by public schools. These include the rise in school fees, which are, in real terms, at their highest since the birth of the sector in the fourteenth century. The fee increases are a response to very real upward pressures on schools' costs, arising from ever increasing expectations of what a public school should provide. Another problem faced by schools is greater state interference in university admissions. Universities agree with the Office for Fair Access on targets for the proportion of UK students to be admitted from state rather than independent schools. Some public school heads fear, however, that the target could be hardened into a quota, where universities would be barred by law from admitting more than a certain proportion of public school pupils.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, school fees, university admissions

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