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State Schools Are Only For The Poorest Lawyers, Doctors And Teachers

by | 23rd, November 2014

pupils at Eton School cheering The Queen


Andrew Halls, headmaster of King’s College School in Wimbledon (fees per annum: £20,000 plus extras) a year, has a warning:

“We have allowed the apparently endless queue of wealthy families from across the world knocking at our doors to blind us to a simple truth: we charge too much… The most prestigious schools in the world teach the children of the very wealthiest families in the world. A typical boarding school now requires a parent to have a spare £30,000 in taxed income to pay for just one child every year.

“We are in danger of coming across as greedy, because we can charge what appears to be limitless fees but in truth there is a fees timebomb ticking away. It feels like the build-up to the banking crisis. For the first time in my career, I feel that the shifts over the next 10 years could prove seismic.”

These schools are businesses. They charge what they can get.

One odd line comes at the start of the Sunday Times’ report:

Fee-paying schools have become so expensive that lawyers, doctors and teachers can no longer afford to educate their children privately, with some becoming little more than “finishing schools for the children of oligarchs”, according to a headmaster at one of the country’s top independent schools.

How much do teachers earn. The Department of Education notes:

At a minimum of £22,023 (or £27,543 in inner London), the starting salary in teaching is high compared to other graduate starting salaries. Leading practitioners can earn up to £65,324 in London and £58,096 outside London, while head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,232 and £114,437.

Lawyers ?

Most firms operate a system where trainees spend six four-month periods in different departments, such as crime, personal injury, corporate, property, litigation and private client. The minimum salary for trainee solicitors in central London is £18,420 (£16,500 elsewhere) but that rises considerably in the City, where first-year trainees can receive £28,000 to £41,000

That can lead to salaries of beween £100,000 and £1m plus a year.

And medcia in the NHS :

In the most junior hospital trainee post (Foundation Year 1) the basic starting salary is £22,636. This increases in Foundation Year 2 to £28,076. For a doctor in specialist training the basic starting salary is £30,002. If the doctor is contracted to work more than 40 hours and/or to work outside 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, they will receive an additional supplement which will normally be between 20% and 50% of basic salary. This supplement is based on the extra hours worked above

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