Would you send your child to private school?

January 3, 2018

*This is a collaborative post*

We’re still a few years off Little M starting school, but hubby and I have already started discussing our options and which schools we’d like her to go to. As teachers, we get to visit all different schools as part of our jobs (especially with me being a supply teacher!) and sometimes, we visit private schools too. I’m not sure that private school will be a financial possibility for us, especially with two children (you can’t really privately educate one, and not the other!), but we have still talked about it and weighed up the pros and cons.

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Private education can be a controversial issue, so I thought I’d ask the opinions of my fellow bloggers, to see what they think. Here’s what they said:

I contemplated sending my child to private school but then when I worked out the finances over the years I decided to start investing some of that money for my daughter and working less instead. That way we have more time together and my daughter / subsequent children, will have a nest egg for further education, buying a home etc. – Katy

If we could afford to I definitely would. I’d like to give Rory the opportunities which I didn’t have. Whilst I don’t think a private education guarantees you success I’d hope it would benefit him further down the line. – Becky

I wouldn’t as the primary schools close to where I live are excellent, as are the secondary schools. My six year old twin daughters attend a lovely village school and I really don’t think a private school could be any better! If the schools around me weren’t as good then maybe I would consider it, if I could afford the fees! – Collette

My children went to private school before we sadly lost our business. We wanted to be sure we were giving them the best opportunities we possible could. The class sizes, facilities and teaching quality was exceptional. After we lost our business and had to completely relocate we were not able to finance a private education. I was unhappy with the local schools that had availability and so I now home educate (some think I’m crazy – but we totally love it!) – Vikki

I would if I could afford it. I went to a private high school on an assisted place and didn’t want to go as none of my friends went but it was the best thing my mum did for me. I did well academically and went off to uni and didn’t get into any teenage trouble, unfortunately I can’t say the same for the majority of my primary school friends that I wanted to stay with. – Terri

I went to Private school and I would definitely send my children if I could afford it. I had an assisted place so we paid heavily reduced fees. I like the level of influence parents can have over the schools to make changes, I’ve heard so many horror stories about local academy schools and I hope things improve before my girls start secondary. – Kate

I wouldn’t, I believe if a child is willing to learn they will wherever they are. I was offered a scholarship at a Private School and refused to go (much to my parents dismay). I went to a state school and went on to do A Levels and a Degree & Masters in Law. I would have a private tutor for a couple of nights a week after school though as I had one and I found it so useful. – Maria

I think it depends where you live and what your local schools are like. I wouldn’t for primary, the breadth of education in our local school is amazing and children learn to be themselves alongside all the other activities that they can participate in. I might consider it for secondary school though. I think at that stage the difference in resources and class sizes could have a really positive impact. Again, it’s down to individual schools. One size definitely doesn’t fit all either so I would consider what works/ might work for each of my boys. – Jo

I wouldn’t send my kids to a private school, because I went to private school at both primary and secondary school level, and my circle of friends were very well off. I don’t want that for my children, I want them to have friends from all walks of life, and not to have to compete in having the latest thing. Education is more than just academic, and I believe my children can learn so much more about life from a state school. – Sabrina

The only time I think hubby and I would send our daughter to a private school is if that school specialised in a subject area that she was excelling in, to give her the best possible chance. In my opinion, state schools are more ‘down to earth’ on so many levels… Possibly controversial but my honest opinion. – Carol

Our son goes to to a private school. It’s lovely, but the pressure will increase academically. The sporting facilities are amazing, which was a huge draw. We didn’t actually get any places at local state primary schools though, so our hand was forced originally, but I wouldn’t take him out now. – Sarah

I hope to! Education in Northern Ireland is deeply influenced by religion and there are a huge amount of (state) schools Luisa simply wouldn’t have access to as she’s not from the ‘right’ community. I want her to grow up with a better understanding of other people and cultures than I was given in our mainstream system. – Hannah

I went to a private school but I don’t think I would send my children to one. Although I recognise that the school I went to gave me lots of opportunities that I might not have otherwise had. It was also very elitist, snobby and squashed all the confidence I had. I want my children to go to a school which is inclusive, where they are viewed as individuals and where they are loved and encouraged. In my opinion those qualities are more likely to be found in a state school. But I realise that I’m heavily influenced by my own personal experience of a private school. – Lucy

If you’re London based and thinking of sending your child to private school, then you can find information on the top 10 London private schools, here: https://www.educators.co.uk/london-private-schools/

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