Just because you can afford private education doesn't necessarily mean you go private. I know of many people at Bolingbroke who could have gone private but have instead chosen to go to Bolingbroke.
I don't disagree.
But my point is many of those who have secondary school children now would have bought their houses at a third of the prices that are being charged today.
Whether we like it or not we are turning into an area where one needs a salary of 300k plus to buy a house and that means big jobs and many of those people have a propensity towards private education. Not saying that all will but just that higher incomes do tend to mean a higher propensity for indy ed.
What we haven't yet got, and what would turn this on it's head, is a feeling that the school has the smarts and facilities of private but without the price tag. There are some schools in Hampstead etc that manage to fulfil that role and if BB can get that then it doesn't matter how much one earns, there is equal status to attending say, Camden School for Girls, as say Latymer, then the school will thrive.
I really really hope it does. A fantastic state secondary school can give an area real character, well above that of another super-polished indy, but at the moment I think we need to be honest and say the jury is out.