Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shadow Chancellor Opts for Private School for His Children

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shadow Chancellor Opts for Private School for His Children

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SHADOW chancellor George Osborne has chosen an [pounds sterling]11,000-a-year privateschool for his two children, the Evening Standard can reveal.

In a move that will ignite intense political debate, he is sending son Luke,six, and four-year-old daughter Liberty to Norland Place, an independent prepschool.

It is non-selective but charges fees that start at [pounds sterling]3,004 per term inreception, rising to [pounds sterling]3,792, or [pounds sterling]11,376 a year, from Year 4.

Labour is bound to exploit his decision in the run-up to the next election, byaccusing him of snubbing the state sector and forfeiting his right to influenceeducation policy for ordinary people.

Mr Osborne today issued a statement saying he had never concealed hiswillingness to go private. George has always said that, like any parents, heand his wife Frances would choose what they thought was the right school fortheir children, said his spokesman.

Thats what theyve done, and George has never tried to lecture other parents.Norland Place is near their home, and was the school that George himself wentto, and was very happy at.

However, the Evening Standard understands that the couple had a place at a topstate primary, St Peters in Eaton Square, which is highly sought after by otherlocal families. However, after agonising, they decided not to take it up. Lukewas due to start last month but parents at the school were told they would notbe joining. Mrs Osborne, a writer and daughter of former Cabinet minister LordHowell, has told friends the decision was made for logistical reasons but alsothat she would not be swayed by politics in choosing where to educate herchildren.

Her husband, the heir to the Osborne & Little wallpaper fortune, went fromNorland Place to St Pauls School and Oxford University. …

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