Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Private Schools Warned of Hit to the Whole Sector: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Private Schools Warned of Hit to the Whole Sector: News

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UK recession's effect on student rolls found to be wide-ranging.

British private schools have suffered greater falls in student numbers than previously reported and should not expect the situation to "magically reverse", according to a new report.

Previously the recession had been blamed for inflicting losses largely on girls' schools and establishments in the North and South West of England. But the National Independent Schools' Benchmarking Survey has issued a stark warning that tough times are likely to continue: 2012-13 could be a "watershed year", setting the trend for "the next few years", it says.

The report, based on a survey of 555 schools, reveals drops in student numbers in types of school that until now had been holding out against the recession. The 0.6 per cent fall in student numbers in senior and all- through schools was the largest recorded in a single year for 17 years. And joint day and boarding schools lost 0.5 per cent of their students this academic year, suffering their first decline for the same period, according to the report. …

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