Bunhill: Classless

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REMEMBER Beresford House, the Bromley prep school whose future, I revealed last month, was threatened by Talisman, its management consultant owners? Parents were told last week that the school is to close and they have five weeks to decide whether to send their children to Braeside, another Talisman school a mile down the road, or find another.

Graham Hill of Talisman explains that falling rolls have rendered Beresford 'not viable, economically and educationally'.

Switching schools in the middle of the school year is one thing. But if all the Beresford children go to Braeside, there will also be more than 200 pupils at the school, compared with 106 two years ago. Doubtless this is what management consultants call maximising the overhead utilisation.