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http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/j...tives-recession

Parents are being offered free laptops, uniforms for their children and discounted fees by independent schools embarking on one of the most desperate recruitment rounds of recent years.

Schools have increased discounts for siblings and raised the income threshold for families to qualify for bursaries as they fight for every last student amid predictions that the economic downturn - and increasing competition from grammar and other state schools - could force some private schools out of business by the end of the year.

There is also new evidence of private schools abandoning free academic scholarships under pressure from new government rules forcing them to justify their charitable status by providing more means-tested bursaries to poorer students.

Queen Ethelburga's College in the Yorkshire Dales, which charges up to £20,000 a year for boarders, has invited parents from across the country to an open evening next week, enclosing with the invitation a voucher offering a free term and a free uniform - worth up to £500 - or a laptop.

The letter says that in "current times, when some parents may wish to spend a little less", they had decided to offer the discounts and incentives. "For our school to continue to be highly successful, when others may be less fortunate, we realise prospective new parents will be seeking real value for money," it says.

It appears that desperation is happening in the private schools, it appears that people may not be as willing to take on debt to fund their childrens education.

The UK economy is sinking without a trace.

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Though a nice spirit of co-operation is shown here:

£500k urgently needed to save Penzance school

ONE of the finest private boarding schools in the county is on the verge of closing down unless they can urgently raise half a million pounds.

The Bolitho in Penzance is a school with more than 350 pupils aged between four and 18 employing 160 people. But now their bank has announced it will no longer permit the school's existing level of borrowing.

This means that

...

The majority of parents said they would support the scheme, and within just two days of the meeting, £285,000 had been raised. Bolitho – a non-selective school which emerged as third in the academic league tables on Thursday – might just continue to be one of Cornwall’s success stories.

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Guest theboltonfury
Don't these Schools run as Charity's ,thus not paying Tax?,

and they still can't turn a profit?

BS

You can spend all the money you like on schooling but it doesn't guarantee you that your kid won't turn out to be a complete dick.

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Don't these Schools run as Charity's ,thus not paying Tax?,

Yes.

and they still can't turn a profit?

BS

I don't see how not paying tax affects whether or not you make a profit.

However my experience of the charitable sector is that there is no ambition to build up surpluses for the bad times. As long as expenditure is just about covered by income they're happy. Big mistake.

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Guest theboltonfury
A Charity that excludes the Poor and Benefits the Rich,Brilliant.

BS

You mean the Church?

I'll get my coat

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Guest X-QUORK
A Charity that excludes the Poor and Benefits the Rich,Brilliant.

BS

Hush thy cynical mouth. They do at least offer the bare minimum...a handful of free scholarships and the locals get to use the Olympic size swimming pool on Boxing Days.

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Hush thy cynical mouth. They do at least offer the bare minimum...a handful of free scholarships and the locals get to use the Olympic size swimming pool on Boxing Days.

Thread going in anecdotals along these lines. I upset another poster by suggesting the charitable status was fraudulent, and he came back with a lot of valid points. Worth a read.

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/ind...howtopic=100381

Haven't responded to him properly due to lack of time & a burst rad in my place today :(

The Grauniad probably got their story from HPC.

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