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.
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
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.