Rachel Johnson: Boarding school made me

Boarding schools are. They offer round-the-clock education, supervision, and entertainment, that is both cripplingly expensive (we have taken out vast loans to pay fees for our three boarders, Ludo, 18, and Charlotte, 16, at Marlborough and Oliver, 14, at Wellington) and surprisingly good value. As Mary Killen, a columnist on The Lady, has worked out, “Top boarding schools charge £10,000 a term or about £1,000 a week once breaks are taken into account. It seems extortionate but it works out that, for around £6 per hour, the children receive bed, board, education, religion, sport, IT, laundry, and cleaning services. They are also living out the concept of community and how their actions will affect, for better or worse, the other members of their society.”


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