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It costs £150,000 to go to Eton - before the extras

Issue No. 2236

Eton was advertising for a pantry assistant earlier this month—offering £10,483 per year for a 40-hour week.

At that salary they would have to work for 15 years, without spending a penny, to afford an education there.

Current fees are £9,954 per term—or as the school prefers to call them, per “half”. That’s £29,862 a year.

Most boys enter Eton aged 13 and leave aged 18—so the total fees cost, assuming the rates stay the same, would be £149,310. And the fees are by no means the total cost of an Eton education—because then come the extras.

There’s a £250 registration fee and a £1,500 entry fee. The school uniform, known as “tails” must be bought, along with sports uniforms and equipment.

Boat club membership ranges from £91 to £113 per half. There is a charge of £210 per half for a 30-minute weekly music lesson.

And many other charges show up as well. For instance, “Boys are supplied with a bible at Eton; this will appear as a charge on the school bill.”

Eton is a world away from the crumbling schools and broken down facilities the vast majority of children get.

For music students, for example, Eton boasts a purpose-built orchestral rehearsal room, a recording studio, a pre/post production suite, rock band studio, electric guitar teaching room and a computer room.

It boasts very small class sizes—one teacher for every eight to 10 students, compared to one teacher for 30 or even more students in an average state school.

And alongside this is the “old” music school—consisting of three floors of teaching, rehearsal and practice rooms, a 250-seater concert hall, a library and an organ room.

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