The best schools you've never heard of

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** This article was published in Country Life’s Schools supplement in 2013. Read the School Life supplement in its entirety

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.

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