Do children from a working class background fit into private schools?

Do children from a working class background fit into private schools?
Do children from a working class background fit into private schools?
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Choosing the right secondary school for your child is important. My son, Kameron likes to be challenged and gets bored easily. So it’s vital that I find the school that suits his needs.

Currently, he attends a state school and is meeting all of his targets. Now it’s time to seriously consider a local secondary school.

The problem is I fell in love with a private school, 30 miles away.


When I first mentioned that I was considering a private school to Kameron’s grandparents they dismissed the idea.

“There is a perfectly good school just around the corner.”

“He won’t fit in.”

“How will you keep up with everything the other children have?”

Of course I had been considering all of these things.

“Do children from a working class background fit into private schools?”

Listening to various views there are mixed feelings. These vary from feeling like a charity case to those who feel like they have a better grasp on reality than many of the people they knew who went to a private school. Despite the negatives, I am certain that Kameron had a grasp on reality as he had been at state schools since he was two. The highest priority now was his educational requirements.

During my final junior years my teacher had written me a good report.

“Kara is a promising student…”


I had been considered for nomination to a private school. However, my mother wasn’t convinced that it was the right choice for me and I attended a local secondary school. Although, I achieved some good results, there is always this feeling that I would have excelled if I had been receiving private education.

Putting everyone else’s anxieties aside I have been exploring my options.

“What do I have to lose by applying to a state and private school?”

There may be high risk but even higher rewards.

What independent schools do to offer promising students – regardless of their class – the opportunity to thrive academically. The competition is tough but Kameron likes a challenge…

Bursaries are not dependent on scholastic merit but are awarded to pupils who are likely to benefit from the school’s education – participating fully,. Kameron will need to pass examinations and work to the best of his abilities to retain his place at the school.

We are willing to apply to a private school as we believe that we are doing the right thing. There is nothing worse than those future feelings of what if…?

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Kara Woolven (7 Posts)

Kara first became published in 2011 after making the short list in a National PoetryCompetition. She has several poems published by United Press Ltd. She completed a Writers’ Bureau course and wrote a biography titled SuspectingGiftedness, Hidden Talents and Premature Labels based on her three children. This wasgiven merit by various publishers including Pegasus, and a writer from The Biographers’Club – The Tony Lothian Prize. Kara loves to write and enjoys helping her community. She is a parish volunteer andcurrently assists in running a stay and play group for parents and toddlers. She lives in England, with her husband and their three children.


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