These are the UK’s most expensive private schools, if you’ve got a spare £30k
I guess Daddy’s going to have to find an extra £13,000 down the back of the sofa
Private school fees are always going to be expensive, that’s a given. But being reminded of quite how expensive is a shock.
We’ve collected the top 20 most expensive public schools in the UK using data mined by posho magazine Tatler for their Schools Guide 2020.
All of these are more than your uni tuition fees. For a term.
20. St Mary’s Ascot: £9,530
St Mary’s Ascot is set in Berkshire with a term fee of £9,530. Imagine that the cheapest school on this list is STILL more expensive than an entire year at university. Wild.
19. Canford: £9,657
Dorset’s Canford has Great Britain Olympic rowers Anastasia Posner and Brianna Stubbs amongst its alumni. It costs a lovely £9,657 to attend here every term and to attend boarding school, it’ll set you back £12,696.
18. Bedales School: £9,745
Located in Hampshire, Bedales school costs £9,745 per term. Boarding school costs £12,400. Pupils are even allowed the luxury of calling teachers by their first names here.
But, actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Minnie Driver also attended the school. Some of you may know Minnie Driver as the woman who played Mandy in Ella Enchanted.
17. Cheltenham College: £9,860
Cheltenham comes in next. It costs £9,860 to attend Cheltenham College every term but remember, you can’t put a price on education. Pupils here have previously won gold and silver in British Alpine skiing Championships. Classic.
The guy who gets sliced in half at the start of the first Kingsman movie (Jack Davenport) attended here. He’s also the guy who played James Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Fancy.
16. Westminster School: £9,903
The first London school to make our spenny list. Westminster School costs £9,903 to attend. Personally, I think I’ll pass. 35 pupils last year went on to study at top London universities, including UCL and Imperial.
Louis Theroux went here, which he reminded us of in May, when The Sunday Times ran a story headlined “Louis Theroux: gay sex was part of life for boys at Westminster School”.
15. St. Mary’s Calne: £9,915
This school is way out in Wiltshire and costs £9,915. Dogs are often known to be allowed to roam the corridors to give the school a more homely feel for the pupils.
Fun fact: Will’s mum from the Inbetweeners went here and I really wanna know if the boys who are currently there still think she’s a milf.
14. Hurtwood House: £9,916
Straight of Surrey (of course it is), Hurtwood House costs £9,916, a whole one pound more than St. Mary’s Calne. The experience must hurt as much as the price.
This school is notoriously hard to get into as you have to have a one-to-one meeting with the Head and his brother? Weird. But Emily Blunt attended this school so it can’t be that bad.
13. Wycombe Abbey: £10,090
Our first £10,000 school on this list.Obviously this place is in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. It is £10,090 to attend here. It also has a sister school that’s just been opened in China.
Sally Phillips (aka Bridget Jones’ journo scum bestie Shazza) attended this school alongside a Baroness.
12. Bradfield College: £10,360
Another spenny offering from Berkshire, Bradfield College is £10,360 every term. Apparently the food here is so good it has its own Twitter and Instagram accounts.
11. Sherborne School: £10,475
Sherborne School is also in Dorset. It costs £10,475 to attend here but when you’re basically attending Downton Abbey, did we really expect anything cheaper.
Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville went here. Ultimate daddy Jeremy Irons went here as well as Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
10. St. Edwards School: £10,530
Based in Oxford, St Edward’s School costs £10,530 to attend every term. Last year three of their pupils attended Oxford university last year and a further 80 per cent go on to attend Russell Group universities, according to Tatler.
9. Bryanston School: £10,849
Bryanston is situated in Devon and sometimes referred to as ‘Bry’. Probably some kind of inside joke, I guess. It costs £10,849 to attend Bryanston every term. Music is a particularly big subject here, with instrument and vocal lessons both being compulsory.
8. Charterhouse: £11,210
Another posh school from Surrey, Charterhouse is £11,210 per term. Yes, we’re now in the big boi figures that are all above 10K. Charterhouse is very well-established school and is about to take on it’s first female pupils in 2021. About time.
On the bright side, Lord Rees-Mogg, father of our new fave political meme, Jacob Rees-Mogg attended this school.
7. Marlborough College: £12,605
Yet another public school in Wiltshire makes the list. Marlborough College is £12,605 to attend per term and 80 per cent of their students go on to attend Russell Group unis.
Both Jack Whitehall and Kate Middleton attended Marlborough, which is a weird combination but we like it.
6. Radley College: £12,775
Located in Oxford (again) Radley College costs £12,775 and is an all boys school. With 800 acres of lawns, there were presumably plenty of places for future England cricket captain Andrew Strauss to knock a ball around in his student days.
5. Downe House: £13,050
Miranda Hart attended Downe House. We like to think she spent her school years galloping down the corridors.
Downe House lies in Berkshire with an attendance fee of £13,050. Honestly, can they get anymore expensive?
4. Benenden School: £13,124
Yes. Princess Anne (the Queen’s daughter) went to Benenden, a name which you can only say with an RP accent. This all- girls school will set you back £13,124 a term, BUT offers work experience in the local village shop, which is owned by the school.
3. Harrow School: £13,350
Harrow costs £13,350 and was founded by Queen Elizabeth I. Winston Churchill and Benedict Cumberbatch went to Harrow. All the good things about Harrow will never compensate for the fact it’s not Eton.
2. Winchester College: £13,903
Winchester College just missed out on our number one most expensive school but it’s still an extortionate £13,903. It’s in Winchester (no shit) and has even invented its own sport which is a mix of football and rugby. Don’t think this will catch on, somehow.
1. Eton College: £14,167
Lads, it’s Eton. It costs £14,167 a term and will probably make you Prime Minister.
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