What has been overlooked, however, is education's best-kept secret, namely that in various parts of the country there exist high-
achieving state schools that also provide a boarding facility. Because such schools charge only for the boarding itself, with tuition provided free of charge, they represent outstanding value for parents who do need to make use of boarding. Sadly, however, because they are such a secret, even these establishments find difficulty in filling boarding places at present.
Even though it has arguably a somewhat chequered history and, for some, a tarnished reputation, boarding education can be the salvation of families for whom job mobility or family disruption make it appropriate for children to be boarders. I commend to all such families - indeed to all with any interest in using boarding education - the often first-class but largely unconsidered opportunity state school boarding represents.
P. D. JENNER
The Westgate School