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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.

Abbotsholme, Derbyshire
01889 590217

Small, country-focused school pupils) which promotes individuality and consideration for others. Prep and senior departments in a 140-acre Derbyshire set- ting; about 40% boarding. The farm is a prominent part of daily life-pupils can take Environmental and Land Based Science GCSE. Pupils wear the symbolic Abbots- holme star, created by the school’s founder, the reforming educationalist Dr Cecil Reddie, on their jumpers. Good on SEN.

Brooke Priory, Oakham
01572 724778

Founded in 1989 by headmistress Elizabeth Bell-also a joint master of the local Cottesmore hunt-and her mother, Susan Allen, Brooke Priory has swiftly grown into a force to be reckoned with in Leicestershire and Rutland. ‘Welly Days’ ensure children are educated about the countryside. Cricketer Stuart Broad is a former pupil.

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