We know all about Eton, Ludgrove and Downe House, but what about those schools that offer an equally excellent education on less eye-watering fees? Catherine Austen lists the schools you should know about but probably don’t.
All-boys (11-18), but very strongly linked with Stamford High, which is all-girls. Highly successful, it has recently drawn away Lincolnshire pupils who might traditionally have been sent to Uppingham or Oundle. Has a small number of boarders, but is mostly day.
Beeston Hall, Norfolk
Really good co-ed prep school on the north Norfolk coast-half a mile from the sea- which still encourages full boarding. Gets plenty of scholarships to the likes of Oundle and Uppingham. Activities include ‘Come Dine with Us’ evenings, reeling, fly-tying and sailing-the school has its own fleet of ‘toppers’ on Wrexham Broads.
Thetford Grammar School, East Anglia
A school that can (just about) trace its origins back to ad631 and has been co-ed since 1975. Now offers independent edu- cation from age 3 to 18. Small, strong academically and close-knit, it’s long been a good-value option in East Anglia..