Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Middle Class Brits abandon State Schools

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The scale of the exodus is shown for the first time in statistics indicating that many families outside the traditional fee-paying heartland of the South East are shunning comprehensives in favour of private schools.

In almost a third of towns and cities - including Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Reading, Blackburn and Brighton, which have some of the most deprived neighbourhoods - more than one child in 10 attends a private school.

In parts of inner London the figures are even more stark, fuelling fears of an emerging educational "apartheid" in the biggest cities.