Boarding numbers at this school stand at their second highest in a decade, at least partly because so many day children choose to board in their last year or two. 'Traditional' boarders at age seven or eight may be a vanishing species but children know what they want and many parents are still prepared to pay for what they perceive as a different and special type of education.
In a buyer's market perceptive parents look carefully before they make a choice of school and there is a new realism in most independent schools: value for money is a concept no longer ignored by the successful survivors in a 'market' that may be shrinking but is far removed from terminal decline.
H. DAVIES JONES
St Andrew's School
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