A very disturbing and shocking truth came to light recently; the UK government released figures showing the cost per pupil in the school year 2009-2010 and it seems that a number of schools had cost per pupil of over £30000 per year.
A typical state school in London has a cost per pupil of nearly £9000 per year. Now this doesn't seem to be much at first glance. But when you look closely at the nature of the state school; 9am till 3pm or thereabouts 5 days per week. Facilities are not exactly the best on offer to the pupils and results in GCSEs and A-levels are lower than public schools - in short the standard of education in state schools is typically lower than their public school counterparts.
No here is the shock - most public schools are charging fees of around the same cost £9-10000 per year. A public school near York, Queen Ethelburga's charges day pupils just £2795 per term or only £8385 per year yet the standard of education is higher and the standard of school life; class sizes, equipment etc is far higher (they even have an equestrian centre). As an example the pass rate at this school for A-Levels is 100% and at GCSEs is also 100%.
Just why this should be is a puzzle; the only thing I can think of is mismanagement - as an example we learned that our kid's school gets charged a ridiculous amount for their printing and as the owner of a printing company I knew that I could do the same printing for 40% less and told the school; but guess what? the school has awarded the contract for the next 5 years. I did not bother to ask what the tendering process was.
If the government is going to spend £10000 on my childrens education per year, can they just give me the money and I can send them to a public school.