Record Number of Students for Private Schools in the UK

private independent schools in the UK

If there is one area that is not affected by the still rather poor economy in the United Kingdom it is private, independent schools.

According to new numbers recently released, fee-paying private schools in the UK are currently seeing record numbers of pupils attending.

The annual study conducted by the British Independent Schools Council  shows that 517,000 pupils are currently enrolled in more than 1200 independent schools in the UK.

This is the highest number of privately schooled pupils in the United Kingdom in four decades.

The new study also reveals that the number of those from overseas who are studying in the United Kingdom is on the rise while the number of those who live in the United Kingdom remains lower than previously.

As compared to 6 years ago, the number of pupils whose parents live overseas has increased by 33%.

Not counting those whose home is outside the United Kingdom, 490,000 residents of the United Kingdom are currently in private schools

Asia is leading amongst those who are coming to the United Kingdom to study with almost a third of the 27,000 overseas pupils in British schools with most of the pupils coming from China and Hong Kong. Those are closely followed by Russia, Germany and Spain.

One other reason why the current numbers are significantly higher than they had been in the past is that the census for this year also includes nursery schools that saw a big increase in the numbers of children aged three and under. Experts point out that the high number of very young children attending private nursery schools in UK is one indication for the difficulties finding suitable childcare in the United Kingdom.

While the numbers of pupils in independent schools in the UK went up, average fees for private schools have been dampened, mainly on account of the current economy. As of today, the average fee for attending a private school in the United Kingdom is £13,000 per year.

Private, independent schools in United Kingdom are often providing the best combination of education and extracurricular activities. If you happen to live in Hertfordshire or surroundings, prep schools Hertfordshire can be a good starting point to read about what private schools can offer your children today.

How To Save Money When You Move


A move can often be very expensive. If you moved in the past, I am sure this is not exactly news for you. If you appoint a removals company to do the move for you it can easily cost you several hundreds of pounds. Your actual cost may depend on the distance they will have to move your belongings and of course some other factors as well.

I always tell my friends and relatives that they should take their time when they look for a removals company. Just 10 minutes studying the yellow book and calling a bunch of firms asking for their rates can save you a good chunk of money.

But here is a tip from me how you can save the biggest chunk of money the next time you move, either alone or with your entire family:

Pretty much any removal company in the UK today is offering various removal packages. The most expensive packages are normally those where the movers do everything for you, means they will come to your home and pack everything, load your belongings on a truck and then do the actual transport to your new home. This may be an option for those who are busy working so they don’t have a lot of time or for those large households where it is simply impossible without any help.

But depending on your particular circumstances you can actually pack up your goods yourself and have the movers only come and load your already packed things into the truck and then do the haul. If you do it that way it will normally be a lot cheaper as compared to having the movers do the entire move including the packing.

The other cost factor is that some removal firms may overcharge you when it comes to packing materials. If you pack your belongings yourself you can normally get a much better deal on boxes and padding material if you just buy them from a DIY market as opposed to get those things straight from the movers.

The many times I moved in the past I was always happy with “Removals Bristol”. They have a variety of moving packages. I recommend them to you since I was very satisfied with their service and friendliness.