LMPN79 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:11 am
Fortunately state schools exist!
Having gone to a highly competitive private school myself, my kids are going state. Private school fees are now astronomical. Back in the 80s/90s, there was at least a hint of normality. The middle class parents of my private school friends couldn’t afford private school today. It’s a pity these schools are so out of reach, along with abolition of assisted places, this only adds to the inequality of education opportunities today.
Can someone tell me why they are SO expensive today?
I would also like to know.
I would guess that because they are in a marketplace competing for the very best staff, that is one reason. Also, most of them occupy ageing and in many cases listed buildings, which require a huge amount of costly maintenance - and surplus funds to ensure there is always money to tackle unexpected emergencies. They also have massive grounds and facilities which require constant maintenance and upgrading. They are expected to have the latest equipment and technology, which costs more money than most state schools could afford. They are run like businesses because they have to be and they are competing for the global (yes - especially these days) elite, so they can't afford to stand still.
Apart from those reasons, I don't know. But you might as well ask why middle class people can't afford houses in Kensington any more - not 'so' long ago, they could.