Why private schools are better

Becca Atkinson argues that people should stop criticising students from private schools – and just accept those institutions are a lot, lot better than state schools

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with a state school education, but I’m just glad I went to a private school. Some things only money can buy – and a good education is one of them.

In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia. Just because my parents paid for my education does not mean I ‘bought’ my way into Bristol. I worked just as hard to get my grades. From my perspective my parents paid two sets of school fees, mine at a price I won’t disclose, and yours, through their taxes.

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Yes, it may be unfair that being able to pay upwards of £12,000 a year in fees entitles you to a better education, but that’s life. You don’t get something for nothing. Private education comes with many advantages and they’re worth paying for. Some parents choose to spend their money on school fees and some spend on flashy holidays and expensive cars.

Private school students tend to go into the best jobs. Top private school alumni networks such as the Old Etonians or Old Harrovians, provide fantastic opportunities and this is worth the school fees alone. Although you may wish it wasn’t: it’s about who you know, not what you know.

Private schools have better facilities. Whilst state schools may have netball courts and hockey pitches, private schools come with stables and squash courts. This attracts students who are dedicated to various sports, which makes them leaders and team players. For this reason it’s no surprise that ex-private school students tend to have the best jobs; they’ve been trained to lead since they were children.

Private schools get better results. This may be because the students who go there are more clever: you have to pass stringent tests to get in. It may be because of smaller classes, which means more one-on-one attention so students thrive. Regardless, better results mean better prospects and that is worth paying for.

I don’t think people can take the moral high ground that because they went to a state school they’ve earned their place at Bristol more than I have. Parents change catchment areas to get their children into the best state school, or lie about their religion – both methods are underhand in my opinion. I’d rather my parents paid for my education than resorted to such dishonest tactics.

  • David Cameron

    Completely agree, first really good piece of tabloid journalism from the tab for a while. Bold enough to potentially ruffle a few feathers, but equally well written and argued.

    pip pip

    • Speakthetruth

      Money may buy you education but it can’t buy you social skills and common sense.

      • doffus mcgraw

        You generalise as much as the article, but the point ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ clearly offers an immense advantage. So social skills are obviously are greater priority for state educate folk. Herrgh

      • Old Hull Comprehensian.

        I lick mi school a lot. Fht

        Ada.m ‘The Azman’ JoBswurth

      • Mycroft Holmes

        I know God gave me those for free darling

    • Becca Atkinson

      Why is everybody getting up in my grill?

      • Smug

        I got a 1st class degree in PPE from Cambridge. I went to a private school……. and I am not going to lie to you, right now life is good

        • PPE Student

          Cambridge don’t do PPE….

        • PPE Student

          Cambridge don’t do PPE…

        • Mastercard

          Social awareness: priceless

      • Some guy

        Private schools generally are better. This is the main reason why they exist, this is why people give them money.

        Similarly, private health care tends to be better. This is why people pay for it.

        This is just a realist article which people, as always, find it difficult to accept.

        • State School Student

          Dear ‘Some Guy’

          If you honestly believe that this is “just a realist article which people, as always, find it difficult to accept.” Then I truly feel sorry for you, as I’m afraid you are equally as deluded as this article.
          Nobody is contesting that private schooling offers (to some level) a better education. Unfortunately it also offers a rather sour sense of entitlement which makes you, yes you some guy, come across like a complete twat. I believe here you will find everybody’s cause for concern.
          Comments that suggest ‘Posh Prejudice’ is equal to that of homophobia and racism, and that her parents paid for our state education (as if nobody else pays taxes, ever) are clearly ignorant of reality and the product of an uneducated half-wit who decided to openly re-enforce the apparent opinion of ‘posh privilege’ with this silly piece of poorly structured writing.

          Furthermore, I don’t think there is an ongoing issue between private and state schooled students. University is an equaliser, we’ve all worked hard and we’re all here as a product of that. To me it doesn’t matter if you’re on a scholarship or if your parents paid £12,000 of fees. What matters is when some uneducated spoilt individual decides to think she’s better because of her education, if we went by that system anyone who obtained over a 3rd last year is a better person than she is and should act in such a way. Do we really want to be encouraging that?

          I completely disagree with your notion that this is just hard for people to accept, with vague talk of private health. It is already widely accepted that private is usually more efficient, it is not a case of us “poor underclass” feeling bitter. This is a black and white educated response to a silly spoiled little girl who has not only shown how unintelligent she truly is, but wasted £12,000 of her parent’s money per year to highlight herself as immature and completely lacking of any commons sense. Oh, and the hundreds of people who’ve wasted their time reading this article, of course.

          • Ed Miliband

            Cool story bro.

          • Total Bull

            It clearly is an article that people find difficult to accept, and your patronising comment is proof of this. I would say that it’s just as fair to say that some people who have gone to state school grow up with as much of a ‘sense of entitlement’ as private school pupils; you feel like you have grown up with something less than other people, so you live with this air that the world owes you a favour for not having this privilege. You turn your noses up at people from private school and have this preconception that private school pupils are ‘spoilt’, which is a ridiculous and uneducated generalisation. I am not talking about all state schoolers here, just the small, hypocritical and prejudiced minority.

            I would argue that if we are talking in material terms – people who you would call ‘spoilt’ being those who tend to be given more ‘things’ than other people – then people from state school could be equally as spoilt. I, for one, do not have a car as my parents cannot afford to buy one for me, yet many people who I know who went to state school have nice cars, as if their parents are earning a middle income they have, by proportion, much more disposable money than those of proportionally less incomes who are paying for private school.

            Yes, offspring of those at the top and the bottom of the pile could be arguably ‘more’ and ‘less spoilt’. However, those in the middle, and this is the majority, are often better off in terms of material possessions if they have gone to state school and their parents have chosen to spend their money on flashy possessions, holidays and a nice house.

            What state school does give you, and this is the whole point of the article, is a good start in life, if you choose to use it wisely, and a springboard for what one hopes will be a good career.

            So maybe you should have been slightly less narrow-minded before writing your ‘black and white educated response’.

            • State School Student

              Where do I begin? The complete dismissal over the articles disgusting unification of ‘posh privilege’ and racism/homophobia, the suggestion that her parents are funding everyone’s education (excluding the blatant, obvious fact that any tax payer is also funding), the blindness to the way this article is more of an uneducated rant than anything close to a factual constructed argument? So many possibilities…

              In terms of the “spoilt” comment you seem to have taken so personally. It is in reference to the girl, who I unfortunately know and is, incredibly spoilt. Again, before you go there, this isn’t some bitter jealous remark. I am from a middle class background with incredibly hard working parents who have sacrificed a lot for me to have a comfortable lifestyle. I was state schooled and totally disagree (again) with your comment about feeling a sense of the world owing me something, especially not on the back of someone whose been privately educated haha. I find that notion so ridiculous, and if you’d opened your eyes before stating such a moronic opinion you’d probably find that a lot of state schooled pupils are actually very appreciative to be in Bristol, not because of its association with private schools, but for its proof of their academic success.

              As I said above I have no problem with private schools or the pupils that have attended them. I think if you’ve got the money to send your children there by all means do. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing sometimes that I’d had the opportunity to go. I DO however have an issue with people who take this privilege they have been given and play the “Oh poor me, state school children are so vile about my better education” approach. Nobody actually cares where you went, they care about the person you are, and the way you treat others. If that person is arrogant and narrow minded in their views and decides they’re not only better than others due to their educational merit, but openly writes a terrible argument about it showcasing their idiocy, then what do you expect?

              This is not a rejection of private schools, or the pupils who went. Nor is it a comment on certain families disposable income and what they choose to do with it. It is plain and simply a backlash against a poorly written, poorly argued, horrific view of one very immature girl and sadly a portion of individuals who leave private school with the same belittling notion.

              • You’re boring

                At the end of the day her opinion is no more or less valid than yours, and she’s entitled to it, as are you to yours. And some state school kids, the ones who have a bee in their bonnet about the fact that they haven’t been to private school and try and avoid having anything to do with private school pupils, do definitely have the ‘poor little me’ syndrome whereabouts they feel that life has dealt them a rubbish hand because they haven’t been, when in reality they just had a ‘normal’ education, whereas some other people have been fortunate enough to have had one which is above the norm.

                They have a lot to learn about life because there will always be someone who is richer, has a bigger house, is more successful or whatever, and its not fair to go around hating those people, like some state school people do to private school kids, just because of this. It’s pure and utter jealousy and it’s not healthy for anyone.

                If they don’t like private school people because some are spoilt and snobby, which is true, then no one’s holding a gun to their head and forcing them to speak to them, but equally it’s really unfair to go around making nasty generalisations and stereotypes. State school people would have a real issue with private school people constantly making spiteful comments about them, and I can’t help but feel that at Bristol sadly inverse snobbery is somewhat more of an issue than the other way around.

                • Anonymous

                  Have you ever thought that maybe… just maybe some state schooled students, never actually wanted to go to private school? And now, if they had the choice and chance to go, they still wouldn’t?

              • privately educated

                “I find that notion so ridiculous, and if you’d opened your eyes before stating such a moronic opinion”

                my private education taught me not to dismiss other’s arguments on a personal level, but give a well thought through counter argument.
                the debate that seems to be going on has no direction and neither participant seems to even be rebutting the other’s comments.

                im disappointed in all your debating skills

                • Luke

                  Did your private education teach you to use punctuation or capital letters?

                  Some people here seem to have wasted an awful lot of their parents’ money without discernible results…

            • I don’t have a car :’(

              Why should others get a spring board above any one else…….. I think you don’t understand the article (Its highly offensive and just utter bullshit).

              The difference between you and your ‘state school mates’ (They probably don’t like you), is you see them with a car an assume their parents bought it for them, as every thing in your life was paid for by some one else (Lazy bastard). What you fail to realise is that your friends probably worked for their car.

              Inverse snobbery is the same as saying black people don’t like police men who are racists towards them, and that they should like them, they can’t help being racists and the fact they are black isn’t the police’s fault….. Some people just get a spring board in life.

          • state schooled

            There’s no debate in this article, private school’s are Better for the very reasons stated in the article. You can still be well educated from a state school, but if parents are so bothered and can afford it then fair enough. There’s no reason to be bitter. People need to realise they’re in the very top percentile of the country in terms of wealth if they’ve gone to private schools so should value it more so than they seem to. I personally wouldn’t send my kids to one even if I could afford it owing to not wanting annoying kids. People saying parents choose between nice cars and private schools are nuts, affording 10+k per year per kid is a ridiculous outlay which people don’t seem to comprehend can only be afforded by a very select few

          • Some Guy

            She doesn’t necessarily think she is better, she just knows that she had a better education than a large proportion of state school students.

            I think her comments on racism etc have been misinterpreted. Maybe she’s just saying that she feels antagonists by people like you who insist that she is spoilt etc.

            Stereotypes are bad. Just because a person went yo a public school doesn’t mean that their parents are more well off. It could mean that their parents decide to spend their money in a different way. Some parents restrict their family from material possessions just so they can give their children a higher chance of success.

            P.s. I am a state schooled student

            • State School Student

              Again with the not being sure where to begin haha..

              Firstly, dear “You are boring” though I’m not entirely sure what relevance my personality has to do with this (you don’t know me, I could be wonderful). It just adds to the hypocrisy of your repeated comments about my clear view that Becca Atkinson is spoilt in nature, despite me knowing her well. You don’t even know me and you’ve assumed something. Not the best opening line if you ask me.

              More importantly, can we please all drop the “State schooled kids are just jealous” act. As far as I’m largely aware, we’re not. Yes, as I’ve stated it would have been nice to have that opportunity, but it doesn’t make me bitter that I didn’t, and I think the same goes for the vast majority of state schooled pupils. I certainly wouldn’t go around isolating private schooled pupils because of it. It’s been years since secondary school was relevant. As far as I’m concerned we’re all part of a very good university and that should be the levelling bar, not where you did your ALevels years ago.

              I find it deeply unsettling how this debate seems to be finding focus around the sense that there is an “inverse snobbery”. Lets just take a wild guess and assume that everyone who attends Bristol University is of reasonable intelligence, that being said, do you really think that the majority (in order to create this consensus of inverse snobbery there must be) of state pupils will judge someone automatically based on their educational background? If you do then I feel very sorry for you because that must be a very paranoid and isolated mind set you’re in. People judge on how you behave as a person, if you are acting snobbish you are going to invoke that form of reception, it has nothing to do with your educational back story. I live with a lovely guy who went to quite a prestigious private school, and he gets no grief from it, you know why? Because he’s a nice guy, and isn’t of the belief that his above standard education makes him any better or more intelligent than his peers. Yes private schools are more efficient, nobody is debating this, and I don’t know how I can stress this enough that nobody actually cares where you went as long as you’re a decent person.

              It’s almost a double insult to argue that private pupils are stereotyped by state schooled pupils, because they’re jealous, bitter etc. All it serves is to make you sound more self-entitled to presume that of people. Again this could be the same for a state schooled student who acted in such a way. It is not about where you’ve been schooled it’s about the individual you are.

              P.s, My apologise for the mixed response, I didn’t have time, nor the patience to reply to each comment separately due to revision and my inevitable procrastination.

              • Jammy Duel

                Additional to the jealously point being a load of rubbish, just because somebody went to state school doesn’t mean they couldn’t afford to go private. I know a lot of people, my self included, who’s family could easily afford to go to private school and still went to state school. Two reasons really in a lot of cases: 1. People who go to private school TEND to be more socially inept, and before you decide to argue that a lot of people who went to my college went to a private secondary school, and they tended to be more socially inept than those who went to a state school; 2. the, put rather crudely, “intellectual elite” can get on just as well in state school as private school, ie, those who are intellegent and/or willing to learn in the first place generally will do just as well in state school as private school, with obvious exceptions such as a truly horrific state school.

          • Tarquin Atkinson-Rowe III

            All your jimmies have been rustled to the max! The butthurt on this article rivals a Daily Mail article about benefit frauds. Stay mad and jelly of our old boy networks plebs…

      • http://facebook.com Tory Cull Master

        Becca Atkinson, your article is sickening. You obviously think your bias opinion was a great hook for this article. Attitudes like yours are one of the reasons why there are negative stereotypes towards public schooled students. You’re far too sure of your own selfish foolosophy. Get over yourself. Your parents most likely avoided tax, just like most other top earners in the country. And if you weren’t so tory minded then you’d know that it’s the classes lower than yours that suffer for the greed of your people. Things like your private education, your boat, your horses…etc etc. Things that the less fortunate don’t have. I urge you to please start looking at life from a different, less selfish perspective and understand that money and a high ranking job doesn’t bring you the amount of happiness and respect as you think it does.

        • Kill the Bolshies

          Why do your parents have to have avoided tax in order to send their children to private school? I know that my parents, and to my knowledge all of my friends’ parents have paid their taxes like everyone else. Your comment is ignorant and reeks of jealousy.

          Attitudes like yours are one of the reasons there are negative stereotypes towards private school pupils, you hypocrite.

        • Concerned Individual

          “Your parents most likely avoided tax” That is probably the most generalised statement on this whole page, you cannot suggest that everyone who earns a lot avoids tax. Just ridiculous.

        • Peace

          Dear ‘Tory Cull Master’,

          I went to a public school and so did the rest of my siblings. However, my parents went to a state school. Funnily enough we have managed to live in perfect peace – because do you know what neither education makes you any better than any one else. Everyone is equal.

          My parents pay tax and so do all of my friends parents. I’m not sure what information led you to believe that the majority of private school pupil’s parents are tax avoiders – but I assure you – your comment is as small minded as the article we are commenting underneath.

          I really would rethink your absolutely grotesque misjudgement, and when denouncing other people’s naivety (ie: Becca Atkinson’s), realise that maybe you are being equally as naive.

          “if you weren’t so tory minded then you’d know that it’s the classes lower than yours that suffer for the greed of your people.”

          I don’t know how well informed you are on how our country got into its current mess – but it was the labour government who are guilty. Saldy, for you, it is the Torys that you wish to ‘cull’ who are trying to bring our fix that mess.

          Your use of the term ‘greed’ is the icing on the cake. I’m not sure whether you have been watching to much Made in Chelsea – or if that is where your only knowledge of the public school or ‘tory minded’ originates – but you are oh so wrong. Many of my friends parents are philanthropists whose hard earned money doesn’t go into expensive cars or holidays but into benefitting other people. Maybe this is a small minority. But please think again before making such generalisations. Everyone should be equal, and have equal rights in life no matter where they come from or their education.

          What Becca got very wrong is that money does not buy happiness, nor does it buy a one way ticket to success.

        • Anonymous

          ‘Tory Cull Master’ you are a disgusting human being.

      • Jack Hairnes

        Probably because you compare ‘posh prejudice’ to homophobia and racism…

      • Will Smith (aka the Fresh Prince)

        man I’m from Philly!
        WE HAD TO SAVE UP TO BE POOR!!!

      • no Becca…no

        no Becca Atkinson…no.

      • no Becca…no

        you have explained ‘that’ private schools are better not ‘why’. Nor have you explained how it can be fair. You are correct in one thing though. You have not ‘bought’ your place at Bristol…your parents have. As for your strange prejudices regarding which particular sports facilities a school has you must be aware that this has nothing to do with anything. You seem to be screaming from your cot “I have more toys than you and they are all better than yours!” no Becca…no.

      • Ed

        Because what you’ve written is exactly what causes a negative stereotype towards ‘posh people’. You have this opinion that because something cost a lot of money it was ‘better’, but quite frankly most of us aren’t interested in stables and squash courts. They’re luxury items that aren’t necessary to an education but promote an elitist lifestyle and inflate your feeling of self-importance in a way of justifying the huge fees your parents had to pay. We still had exactly the same opportunities to build leadership skills playing football and rugby on a muddy field as you did with your sports.

        Your prejudice towards state educated families is also just as bad as ‘posh prejudice’. You’ll find that most parents won’t use ‘underhand tactics’ to get into ‘better’ schools but simply send their child to the closest and most convenient one, and the benefits of joining a group of elitist alumni isn’t always what someone wants upon leaving school. Not everyone wants a ridiculously high paid job because for a lot of people there are more important things than money, like following their passions and interests into a career they’ll enjoy.

        When I was growing up my single parent mum earned less money per year than typical private school fees alone, and the priority was having a place to live and food to eat. I left the local state funded school with brilliant memories, lasting friendships, and the qualifications and inspiration I needed for university. In October I plan to start my PhD in physics at a top university, and I can think of no way in which my path here could have been enhanced by going to a private school. So don’t think that you’re special because you went to a private school and that everyone that didn’t is jealous and worse off because of it. Get over yourself.

      • Becca

        Becca can you come for a drink with me you’re clearly one of those funny girls I’ve heard of and I haven’t got any in so long

      • Anonymous

        You are a moron.

      • Jess

        This is a disgusting article. You appear to suggest ‘posh prejudice’ is similar to racism as if people from state school an public school are different races?
        You then go on with your elitist dribble to make everyone who went to state school feel inadequate and if only our parents hadn’t spent money on holidays or cars we too could have been privileged to go! You seem naive to the fact that most of the UK’s families can’t afford to send their children to public school.
        And lastly your disgusting comment that your parents not only paid for your education but mine too is not good journalism but snobbery. How dare you suggest that by your parents paying their taxes that I got to Bristol on my sob story of a state education.
        As you said we all got to Bristol on our own merits regardless if you paid or not. Surely its time to leave school behind and grow up because no one cares where you went to school and how much you paid.

      • I don’t endorse vigilante action

        BUT……

      • Socially aspiring

        are we?

      • Student

        In relation to the article and comments: 1) I don’t feel a person’s merit should depend on their secondary school, emphasis should be on their personal ability to get into the university, that comes first and 2) like my grandfather once said – not to judge a man unless you have walked a mile in their shoes – I feel people shouldn’t be so quick to judge another person’s education as one’s attitude and whole experience would change having gone to a different school. It seems a bit immature and narrow-minded to rant and criticise one another without thinking what it would be like had I gone to their school etc.

        (Between my parents and siblings we have gone to different government state schools, grammar schools and private day and private boarding schools, having a good taste of what the whole English education system has to offer)

    • Anonymous

      The word cleverer was used. Is it really that well writte?

      • cleverer

        is a word, credit where it’s due.

      • Massive Communist

        Cleverer is correct, more clever is wrong. I sure hope you didn’t pay for that education.

    • disgusted, Tunbridge Wells

      Good journalism? I didnt see a single statistic or sound bite, not an ounce of credibility should be given to this article as it is merely the thoughts and opnions of a deluded, entitled and ignorant dickhead. Furthermore you have the audacity to say this was well argued. Pfffff, this country is fucked

    • oh dear

      published on the manchester tab with even more ridiculous pictures http://manchester.tab.co.uk/2014/01/17/why-private-schools-are-better/

    • Anonymous

      Bad news, Becca. My Daddy worked in a factory and Mummy stacked shelves in a supermarket. I also went to a state comprehensive school in the north of England. Oh and I have a first class degree from Oxford and my education cost my parents nothing. I’d say your parents got a relatively poor return on their investment in comparison.
      (For the record I don’t actually care what school or university someone went to, but someone this arrogant might benefit from recognising that they are not the most special and unique snowflake in the sky.)

    • Daily Mail

      Say what you want but state schools breed 90% of the issues in our country today. There is a complete lack of discipline and control in the classroom brought about by huge classes and weak teachers who are too scared of being sued or abusing the kids’ ‘human rights’ to do their job properly. State schools indoctrinate from a young age with the leftist, softly-softly education where everyone celebrates Eid and talks about whether or not they think they’re gay from the age of 7. Rather than teaching traditional subjects, we have more and more emphasis on ‘drama and modern dance studies’, and in some schools a large proportion of the kids don’t even speak English, let alone want to learn.

      Why else do you think we have such a culture of work-shy and barely-literate people who feel that they are, for some reason, entitled to live for free from the State and continue to spawn their thick and obese offspring? It’s all the State’s doing and the education system is failing.

      Well done to those who got to Bristol, it’s no wonder you’re in the minority. Don’t try and defend State education because it’s pretty clear from looking around Wetherspoons on a Friday night that it’s a shambles anyway. Cut the crap.

    • I’m loaded

      Just to say,
      I am minted. My house is huge and I went to one of the most prestigious all boys boarding schools in the country. I aced my GCSEs with all A*s and A-levels with 3 A*s and one A. I didn’t get into Oxbridge. My twin sister decided to leave her boarding school at sixth form and go to an excellent state school. She is now studying Medicine at Oxford. It is not about where you go, its about the intuition and determination of the person.

  • Georgia

    I cringed quite a lot reading this.

    I don’t think it’s about whether you bought your way in or not, that’s not the case.

    People didn’t not go to private school because they didn’t want to – we all know they’re better (not all btw), people didn’t go because they simply can’t afford it.

    Glad I didn’t. My principles are that something as fundamental as education should be as equal as possible for all. That’s just me!

    • Old Public School Boy

      You can’t just buy your way in, that’s why I’m at Bristol not Durham…

      • Fred Weasley

        I wish I had got in to Durham too

        • Draco Malfoy

          Red hair… hand-me-down clothes…
          MUST BE A WEASLEY

    • #TheRat cambridge

      Bonti
      I agree with your point Georgia we should all be bought down to a level where our education is compromised by an inept and essentializing government body, destroying one of our last truly competitive exports. Just for the sake of fairness…… Think about the real implications of what you say before you spray us with your fishy idealism.
      FYI im prince william and i can attest to the fact that you can buy your way into a top university.

      ta for now!
      Wills

    • Laura

      That’s a very nice thought, but whilst we live in a capitalist society I don’t believe that education can ever be equal to all. The world revolves around competition.

    • Charlie

      I mean come on you are always going to have teachers that are better at their job than others whether it be as a result of passion or sheer intelligence so the simple fact that private schools can pay more to bring these teachers together under one roof for the benefit of the student does tend to help. Education is never going to be equal….

    • Tom Riddle

      Yes Georgia, it would be lovely if education was equal for all. Part of the issue with this is that state education is so godawful and oversubscribed that those with the means to escape this hell are going to, and that means that private schools are going to keep on thriving and improving.

  • workingclasshero

    You’ve missed the point love.

  • Miss Not-so-posh

    It’s not only private schools who nurture pupils to become “leaders”.

    What a narrow-minded piece of writing.

    • jordan ali

      because so many of our prime ministers are from state schools…

      • LOL

        and they’ve done a darn good job haven’t they

        • Posho

          Considering the shit they deal with, yes

          • LMAO

            Like spending half our taxes on their holiday homes? good one m8

        • Onlooker

          I am looking forward to the day when the person who wrote this article is a serious journalist and is horrified by her immature, ill-informed opinion at this age and will probably lose all of her professional credibility.

          • Sherlock Holmes

            I think you will find by “the person” you mean Becca Atkinson?

            But sorry if I am wrong I’m no expert.

            • Mycroft Holmes

              Sherlock, brother, you are indeed no ‘expert.’ Now if you would, Do get off Facebook and get back to more meaningful work…

      • Every PM form 1970-2010

        Apart from Blair, went to a state school

        • Cherie Blair

          Blair didn’t go to a State school you moron.

          • Nice Work

            nice reading skills Cherie

            • Tony ‘The Tones’ Blair

              Yeah, pipe down, Cherie.

  • Richard

    This article is excellent proof of the author’s point; private schools enable idiots like this to get into institutions such as Bristol by compensating for their lack of intelligence with money.

    • Liam

      I’d buy you a pint if I could.

      • Arnold Rumpington-Slackerville

        what, can’t afford to?

        • Liam

          tell me more about your parents money covering for your inadequacies, please. just because you have money, doesn’t stop you being a cunt.

          • Harry Bowes-Lyon

            Don’t worry the government will waive the bill

          • No Liam

            you’re a cunt. it was a joke don’t be a twat about it.

    • Bartholemew Ruffington

      Technically, you need the grades to get into Bristol, so by you saying “enable(s) idiots like this to get into institutions such as Bristol” is highly illogical. Bruv.

      • Anna

        You can train students to get good grades to go into a good uni, that doesn’t make them smarter because they didn’t learn the material independently if the teacher literally explained every single bit and drummed it into a student.

        • Matt

          Are you dumb Anna? The point of a school is to train people, whether that be good grades or other qualifications.

    • George Alexander Louis Windsor

      I would not listen to her. It’s these sort of people that give the rest of us from private schools a bad name.

    • Anonymous

      Richard; I agree this is a ridiculous article, however you just started to form exactly the same prejudice in reverse based on a sample of 1 shameful opinion piece. And perhaps the Daily Mail.

  • Henry

    You pay for a system which is experienced and ensures that pupils get into the top universities. The teachers attended them themselves, they coach students in interview etiquette and they can start moulding them from first year.

    Is this the case in state schools? No. Pretty sure that it makes it harder for state school pupils to get into Bristol and probably have had to ‘earn their place at Bristol’ more than you.

    • Anonymous

      You clearly haven’t been to a private school, Henry. After attending one of the best in the country, I was not ‘coached in interview etiquette from the beginning’.

      • James

        Consider all the extra opportunities the school provide, all of which have the ultimate aim of securing top university positions.

        • Anonymous continued

          I also attended a grammar school for sixth form which offered the same opportunities (debating clubs, Oxbridge interview training, lacrosse lessons) that my private school did – for free. Therefore if you really are focused, there’s nothing stopping you attending a FREE grammar school.

          The uncomfortable truth is that people find it easier to point fingers on others success instead of working hard and fuelling their own.

          • James

            Excellent point. There are grammar schools which offer may offer this but are there enough grammar school positions for everyone? No.

            • Anonymous continued

              That is the point of grammar schools – they only take a selection of the best. If they let everyone in it would eliminate the point of them. I don’t understand why people think competition is a bad thing. If a child works hard enough, they will be able to attend a grammar school. Unfortunately, blood, sweat and tears are needed to succeed and not everyone can succeed. Simple Economics.

              • Anonymous

                You are literally too rediculous

                • spelling

                  *ridiculous

              • Seabiscuit

                I can only assume that grammar schools fail to teach you basic awareness of the UK education system. If they had, you’d no doubt be aware that the vast majority of LEAs operate no grammar schools at all, and only Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire and Kent do so as a county-wide policy. Grammar schools are irrelevant to any debate about education, I’m afraid.

                • Anonymous continued

                  Well that’s an incorrect fact as I can think of at least 2 grammar schools in Berkshire. Additionally as my first point expressed, we should be focusing on improving our state education system instead of insulting something which clearly works well.

              • Grammar School W****r

                I too went to a Grammar School, I too think they are great, but lets not pretend anybody can just go if they work hard enough. Follow this link to see where there are Grammar schools http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grammar_school_ballots_in_England.svg

                What exactly is a Kid who lives outside of the red zones supposed to do to get into a Grammar School?

                You either just proved that the test you had to pass to get into your Grammar school is a pretty arbitrary measure of intelligence, or that your Grammar school wasn’t as good as you thought it was.

                As for this article, I’m going to send the author a bill for the vomit damage to my computer screen…

              • Anonymous

                Most areas in the UK don’t use the grammar school system

              • anon

                most kids who get into grammar schools are tutored and from middle-class families, which defeats the point of them being an avenue for great education WITHOUT THE PRECEDENT OF ECONOMIC CAPITAL.

                working-class families often do not possess the know how or resources to get their kids into these institutions, it has nothing to do with the merit of the child but everything to do with the way the institution is structured.

                please, look at it from the other side of the fence, before projecting your own experiences onto people who you have not met or lived in the shoes of.

              • niqua

                Not where I come from love

          • Anonymous

            no one cares

          • Nic

            But that’s beside the point of what she wrote. I worked ridiculously hard in a council estate school and got into one of the best universities for my chosen area of study. A lot of people do.
            In education, you only ever get out what you put in.
            Spending ridiculous money on something that should always be free doesn’t make you superior.
            I loved my school because it didn’t just teach me english and maths, it also taught me about reality.

            • Hugo

              “I don’t think people can take the moral high ground that because they went to a state school they’ve earned their place at Bristol more than I have.”

              I don’t agree with people having the moral high ground but it would certainly seem state school students have to work harder to secure their places.

    • Cantab

      You don’t need to interview to get into Bristol… probably why you were lumped with this moron

    • Lord Voldemort

      Same could be said about someone who was naturally not academic compared to someone naturally clever. The fact is, it’s life – some have to work harder than others regardless of what type of school they went to. You can’t cry and say you were at a disadvantage when you’re going to get a job – you have to be the best and if that means working harder than others then so be it, don’t be bitter about things that other people can’t help.

  • ex-etonian

    I have a large penis that is utilized by slapping it against those who aren’t fortunate enough to have attended private school.

    The girth is brutal enough that I once knocked a northern comp lass for 6 down the entirety of park street, guffaw!

    Watch out commoners,

    The signet-ring prince

  • This article is wank

    As far as I’m aware neither squash nor horse riding are team sports, I cant be certain being a state school scumbag.

    • Author.

      Polo, which is played on horseback, is a teamsport.

      • This article is wank

        Curse my state education

        • pedantic man

          Polo is not a teamsport (sic). It is a game. A sport needs to have a live quarry to be classified as such.

      • Fellow ex-Durdhamer

        you really are an awful, awful human being.

  • Effie

    Agree with some of the argument, I do think it’s time to stop looking down our noses at people just because they went to a private school, it’s discrimination, no question about it.

    However, this doesn’t make it ok to claim that ‘private schools are better’ – and I find it kinda harsh and unfair to get snarky about ‘having to pay for other people’s schooling’. By attending a state school, people aren’t doing so out of choice – not everyone has a spare £30k a year to play with. Everyone wants the best education they can afford for their children, and for many there’s no option BUT state school.

    An ex- state school student myself, I’ve managed to get into Bristol Uni just fine, we’re not always as disadvantaged as you might think.

    • An Old Tonbridgian

      I really think most private schoolers don’t mind you looking down your nose, as you put it, just a bit. We know how lucky we are, and a few good natured jokes here and there doesn’t amount to discrimination imo.

      • Ex Private School Student

        I went to private school and I also agree it isn’t something that should be looked down on, as sometimes it is obvious that even quite stupid people can get into private school! It isn’t a case of who’s better, it is a case of who is lucky enough to have been given an opportunity most people never have. It is the choice inevitably of the parents whether they send their child to private school. I was and I am constantly ribbed about it even by other family members. EG, my uncle who is against the private education system said “Don’t you go pheasant hunting at your school” to which I replied,” yes, right after polo practice”. I feel it is unfair but if you can’t handle banter, I think prescription of 5mg of man-up is in order

        • state school delinquent

          my uncle who is against the private education system said “Don’t you go pheasant hunting at your school” to which I replied,” yes, right after polo practice”.

          That is some devastating sarcasm there. you truly are driving the ‘banter bus’ on that one.

  • Private school student

    How can you say on the one hand that the teaching is better in private schools and on the other say that state school students have worked no harder to earn their grades?
    If the teaching is worse they will either have to make up for the difference in other areas to achieve the same grades; either through working harder or being genetically smarter, personally I think it’s the former.

    • State School Student

      Only speaking for personal experience, but my chemistry teacher was wank and didn’t teach the last half of the chemistry A2 syllabus. I reckon that rarely happens at a school that takes 30K off you a year.

      • Northerner

        Yeah I taught myself a level economics because I had a supply teacher for every lesson, that doesn’t fucking happen at private schools

      • some private schools are crap too

        Not saying the article is right (its a pile of shit written by a complete idiot), but crap teaching happens in private schools too.
        I taught myself maths a level, as my teacher flicked through a slideshow for our lessons, couldn’t explain it, and pretty much said teach yourself.

        • Ms B

          Completely right. I went to a state comprehensive and the standards of teaching were excellent – I also had really small classes for A2 (smallest being 3 people and largest being 7). Some of my privately educated compatriots had classes of around 20 people for their A Levels and definitely received less one on one attention from teachers than I did. Comprehensives are about luck of the draw a lot of the time, which means some people get a crap education but plenty of lucky people (like me) get a really good one.

  • Oh wow

    Saying it’s as bad as racism and homophobia is so unbelievably incorrect. As far as I’m aware posh people have never been subject to slavery, quite the opposite.

    • Bullshit Man!

      its not as bad as them, but tbf neither have homosexual people, the point is that it may be seen as a form of prejudice.

      • ok

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25765845
        How many public school students are subjected to this sort of treatment because of ‘posh prejudice’?

      • Unfortunately, you’re wrong

        “tbf,” may i direct you to just two articles on the current situation regarding homosexuality in certain parts of the world. i encourage you have a quick google around the topic, and then try and compare discrimination towards private education with that towards homosexuality again.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25765845

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putins-attack-on-homosexuality-is-shattering-the-lives-of-russians-9054660.html

        • well youre retarded

          You cannot decide your skin colour or sexuality, buy you can decide to be stuck up and create your own label for yourself.
          Education is about the teacher and the student. Not some huge fancy ass mansion that costs your left testicle.
          It depends on the natural intelligence of the pupil and the ability of the teacher, therefore we can rule out the fact that a private school gives you better results because there are good teachers in public schools too.
          Einstein didnt go to a private school, neither did Steven Hawking or Brian Cox, so the text you wrote is absolute bollocks.

          • You may want to book yourself in for finishing school

            Education is about creating a well rounded individual who can have a positive contribution to society. This includes, bringing them up with morals, values and manners. The disgusting language that you use displays your lack of understanding regarding education.

          • Stephen Hawking

            DID go to a private school. Check your facts.

          • Old Albanian

            Stephen hawking did go to private school, I’m reporting your comment

          • Steven Hawking went to my School

            Steven Hawking did go to a private school, St Albans Boys School. Check your facts before spewing incorrect ones from your mouth.

    • Zosh

      saying that the discrimination is equal to racism/sexism/homophobia is ridiculous seeing as going to a private school is an active choice whereas those are not choices.

    • Why

      I went to an extremely good private school, I didn’t do that well academically but I followed music and now I’m an opera singer. Call that posh? I studied with only 2 other students from the private sector out of 20!

      Furthermore, in my past experience, I have never heard one of my private sector colleagues disrespect someone because they went to a state school (for the interest of balance I have heard many people talk down to someone because they quite simply are a nasty piece of work, however, this has nothing to do with education. I think every average person has similar thoughts from time to time). On the other hand, I do have many friends who have been called a ‘Posh Twat’ or a ‘Snobby Prick’ on many occasions, indeed it has occurred to me. The difference in education, I believe, proceeds from here with the reaction to a rather harmfully deep remark. Knowing to accept an opinion gracefully, is a quintessential part of normal etiquette, even though you know it was meant with Malus and born of jealousy or innocent ignorance. Taking it in a single stride and not reciprocating the gift of this name badge gives one a feeling not of self righteousness or arrogance as many to easily assume would be the case, but a sense of calm and respect for others even if the feeling is not mutual.

      Anyway, just an opinion which luckily, all are entitled to!

  • clifford chance

    Ms Atkinson
    We regret to inform you via this articles comments that we must refuse to acknowledge your education of law due to this article, we believe that this is very discriminatory and you clearly don’t understand team sports as horse riding is most certainly not a team sport, but netball and hockey are played as a team.
    Good Luck with your life
    Duke Clifford of Chancetry

  • An first class education in ignorance

    Found this hilarious. Did you learn this comical genius paying £12,000 a year? Education is a right, not a privilege. You’ve just reinforced a negative perception that ma & pa pay a shit load of money each year to ‘educate’ you, yet you’re still an ignorant, naive and, rather ironically, uneducated idiot.

    • Thanks for the good press Becca

      Can’t speak for Becca, but not all of us left private school with an A* in ignorance and an A in polo…. A handful of us turned out normal

  • Giving us a fucking bad name

    Living up to a UoB stereotype that we should be trying to get rid of. I hope you’re proud

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I Haven’t you heard?

      We have a new stereotype now.

      Brb off to buy a new vintage 80s shell suit for the next No Scrubs #gurn

  • Really?

    Nobody argues that you “get what you pay for” in a private school (most of the time). “Posh prejudice” isn’t formed by people being upset they went to state school, but rather by people like the author who believe they are somehow better overall than a state-school educated person. If I was her I’d be a bit embarrassed to have written these sentiments in a public place.

  • Working class scumbag

    Perhaps you should have spent less time at the stables and squash courts, and more time learning how to not come across as such a pompous prick.

    And wow, thank your parents for being the sole tax contributors towards my state education. It’s not as if my parents, grandparents or even my self have ever paid taxes or anything…

  • http://Z The judge

    Many of us went to private school, they are better. Do you need to state that you did so in public? I understand this is probably the first thing you have achieved.

    Next time you think of writing an article making a point that portrays you any better than anyone else, write it on a piece of paper and put it in any bin, anywhere.

    • Judge Judy

      Didn’t even achieve it, you can’t achieve something that was bought for you

      • this one guy

        your comment suggests that everyone who pays the fees gets the grades and the university places.

  • Any normal person

    LOL

  • Wow

    was this a spiritual revelation you had whilst on your gap yah? your level of ignorance is embarrassing

    • Will

      what’s she ignorant of exactly? Some people can afford private schools, some can’t. Of those that can, some choose not to invest in education some do. Yeah it’s not fair, life isn’t fair.

      It’s hardly spiritual, the most down to earth thing I’ve read in a while

      • The Better Will

        Will, I’ve never met you, but you sir, are a cunt.

      • Will is a bell

        Will, I’ve never met you, but you sir, are a bellend

        • The author is talking utter crap.

          he’s got more likes then you so it turns out your more of a cunt, then he is a bell…

  • This girl…omg.

    Is this a joke?

    LOL

  • I was just sick in my mouth

    I’m glad that your £12,000+ education has made you such a well rounded and modest person. A true future leader and team player. You must have been good at squash.

  • An Old Tonbridgian

    Firstly i’d like to point out that the school photographed above is Tonbridge School which is nice to see.

    I don’t like to badmouth other student journalists but MY GOD this reads like some self righteous Daily Mail drivel.

    How can you compare ‘posh prejudice’ to homophobia/racism? Not even going to go there but it makes me feel horrific to be associated with your private school education…

    Totally disagree that private education is always the best. Awful generalization and horrific journalism, no facts, no stats, no proof.

    Even if private schools do top many of the league tables some private schools have been shown to be downright awful, look at the recently shut down Stanbridge Earls school…

    Furthermore some private schools would require you to lie about your religion to get in (although money in the end will out) with a huge number of private schools being run with very strong and overt religious motivation.

    Also I had to pay almost £30k a year in fees, but I don’t think that makes me more clever than anyone else at this University.

    Sounds to me like going to private school has given you a horrible sense of entitlement to a better lot than everyone else which you shall, sooner or later, regret.

    • Another Old Tonbridgian

      *Mummy and daddy had to pay almost £30k in fees.

      • An Old Tonbridgian

        Fair. But I haven’t called them Mummy or Daddy since I was about 6…

        • Another Old Tonbridgian

          *Fair. But I haven’t called them Mummy and Daddy since I was in the Novi…

      • Ummm…

        *Mummy and daddy chose to pay almost £30k in fees.

    • TunbridgeUntilExpulsion.

      Well said.

  • Doge

    Wow. Such writing. Very journalist. Wow.

  • Student of the feckless underclass

    So sorry to see that your parents’ money was wasted trying to make their daughter a little less ignorant. Many congratulations on your family being affluent enough to be able to send you to school. Some of us grew up in families where the more pressing concern was putting food on the table. I’m actually pretty thankful that I didn’t have the so-called privilege of going to a school like yours where I’d have to endure 7 years of ignorance people like yourself. On a side-note, comparing ‘posh-predjudice’ to homophobia and racism is laughable you ill-informed bint.

  • Throwing in 2 cents

    I’m not going to even attempt to waste a lot of time in breaking down how terrible this article is, content, writing style, any sense of an intellect etc.
    But, just wanted the writer to know you’re thick as shit.

  • Troll

    She must be trolling

  • An Old Tonbridgian

    Don’t think I’ve seen a Tab article get this much hate this fast.

  • seriously..?

    This is funny

  • big dog

    ‘the students who go there are cleverer’

  • Daddy

    Very good darling don’t worry about these plebs they’re just jealous.
    Smashing article.

    Big hugs and sloppy kisses,

    Daddy.

    xoxox

  • State School Educated

    My parents had the funds to send me through private school by the time I got to secondary education – I made a conscious choice at the age of 11 not to go to private school and I have no regrets. I feel I have had a rounded education from state school in which my own motivation and hard work got me the grades I deserved at GCSE and A Level, and I got into Bristol no problem. I don’t judge people for having gone to private school but I wouldn’t change my education if I could go back in time, and (hopefully) my education will allow me to fund my children through private school if they wish to go there. And finally, teachers at private schools aren’t always privately educated or particularly good teachers – I know this from experience as a teacher at my state school later moved to private education. Not all private schools are equally good and not all state schools are awful!

  • anon

    You epitomise the stereotype of a private schooled twat, well done.

  • Disgusted

    I stopped reading after “In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia.”

    Go and tell that to someone who couldn’t sit at the front of the bus due to a gene they inherited.

    Being able to afford to go to a private school and taken the piss out of, should be the ‘worst’ of anyone’s problems.

    • Re-think your argument, please

      When going to private school hinders your ability to get into a university over an individual who attended a state school it is a pretty big problem. I applied to a course at Leeds University and was told that this course was only available to those from an under-privileged background. Why should I need to apologise for hard-working parents who care deeply about my education?!

      • Even more disgusted

        You’re seriously comparing your hindered ability to get into a university course with problems of racism and homophobia?!

        It may not be the idealist of ideal situations, but no I still hold my argument that there are greater evils in the word than a rejection from UCAS on the basis of your more privileged upbringing.

        • Yes, I do

          Why is racism and homophobia immoral and wrong? Because it prevents people from reaching their maximum potential and doing what they want to do. Discrimination based on my parent’s income hindered my ability to do what I wanted to do.

          If it was the other way around and someone was prevented from joining a university course because they didn’t have enough money – there would be uproar.

          Constantly demeaning those who are successful and making excuses for those who are not explains why this country’s economy is headed in such a disastrous direction.

          • anon

            The reason that universities do this is to act as a balancing factor. As a child who attended private school you had opportunities that someone who received a state education did not. That is a fact. Even if the private school you attended was awful the fact that your parents had the money to send you there meant that you were privileged enough to avoid the hardships that many who attended their local comprehensive did not. The fact is that in some areas of this country half of children are living below the poverty line meaning that they have to worry about where their next meal is coming from before they can do their homework. How on earth could you possibly argue that on the whole those who attended a state school are not more deserving of a university place astounds me. The likelihood is that they would have had to work harder to get the same grades you did

            • But..

              What if that person’s parents worked hard to get the money they had, to pay for their children to go to, what they deemed, a better school?

              Surely it’s then unfair if their child is turned away because they had that money?

      • from a North Eastern state school

        In your particular circumstance you may have been disadvantaged, but, for the majority of courses and university’s (including Bristol) you have a clear advantage with disparities in the weighting of students educational background. for example 40% of UoB students come from private schools, yet only 7% of the UK population attends them.

        • http://t.narula-12@student.lboro.ac.uk That does not mean they get an advantage

          Just because a high proportion of the population attend Bristol University does not mean this is due to ‘favouritism’. It is a well known fact that people from private schools chose to apply to Bristol, therefore if more chose to apply there it is likely that more will attend. This is merely a matter of choice.

      • Anonymous

        My parents really care for my education too! Which is why, every evening when I got home from my good old comprehensive, my mum and dad would put 100% into helping me with my work. Cost time, not money.

        I had a great time at school. It was a really good comprehensive and meant that I interacted with many different types of people on a daily basis. I got great GCSEs and A Levels and am now here at Bristol, a great university. Can’t see much difference between myself and my friends who went to private school to be honest, except the amount of spare cash we have!

      • Anon

        My parents really care for my education too! Which is why, every evening when I got home from my good old comprehensive, my mum and dad would put 100% into helping me with my work. Cost time, not money.

        I had a great time at school. It was a really good comprehensive and meant that I interacted with many different types of people on a daily basis. I got great GCSEs and A Levels and am now here at Bristol, a great university. Can’t see much difference between myself and my friends who went to private school to be honest, except the amount of spare cash we have!

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  • Anon

    Access to quality education is a right, but at a time where the government is unable to provide a top quality education it is up to parents/guardians to spend their money as they wish.

    Private education is no different to any other type of quality good; if you can afford it, why shouldn’t you be allowed to have it?

    There are too many sour grapes in these comments. Stop being jealous and get on with it. I can guarantee you’d all send your kids to private schools if you’re lucky enough to be able to in the future.

    • Anonymous

      What you’re suggesting, that we’d all send our kids to private school, is complete bollocks. Nobody here has a problem with private education, but everybody does have a problem with the message this article sends.
      How patronising of you to assume people are jealous.

      Saying a private school education is better depends on your definition of better.

    • Anonymous

      You’ve missed the point

    • stateschoolscum

      totally ignoring the fact that not all parents have that kind of spare money to spend…

  • Fellow Second Year Law Student

    You epitomise every negative perception of private school prodigies. Your so concerned with “posh prejudice,” and yet you have just insulted a substantial amount of the population who don’t happen to have had the same socio-economic upbringing as you.

  • Minor Public School

    As a product of one of your aforementioned public schools, I despair at your narrow mindedness Becca.

    If this isn’t a satirical piece then you really just prove that the “£12,000″ a year (quite cheap in my opinion) education your parents paid for was wasted.

    Ever heard of a balanced argument?

  • State School Scum

    So glad my parents didn’t bother paying exorbitant sums each year for my education – they would have been horrified had I turned out anything like you.

  • I think

    it is actually about what you know, that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?

    Moving catchment area doesn’t win you a place at a state school, you have to pass a test.

    It’s a generalisation and a shame to believe that state school educated students think they have earned their place at University more than their privately educated counterparts.

    Having ‘the best job’ isn’t necessarily the be all and end all, a major part of an education is just that – education. Learning for the sake of learning. Anyway, in terms of ‘getting the best jobs’, Oxbridge undergraduates comprise around 62% of high-flyers in diplomatic service, 58% of those in Law and 55% of those at the top of the civil service. 2012 figures show that 57.5% of Oxford University undergraduates were from state schools, with 63.3% of Cambridge’s undergrads from state. Which college did you apply to again?

    I went to a state school, I got something from ‘nothing’, and I don’t regret my parents splashing all their cash on innumerable Vintage Ferraris and first-class flights for our biannual sojourns to St Lucia.

  • Katie Hopkins

    I completely agree,
    State schools are where all the Tylers and Charmaines of the world go for God’s sake! We should meet for a chat sometime.

  • Nathan Beesley

    Even by the standards of the Tab, whose editors will apparently churn out any drivel if it passes a basic spell check, this is the most tendentious, vulgar excuses for student journalism I have ever come across.

    For all the social benefits that your privileged background has no doubt entitled you to, your education has apparently failed to make a dent in your shocking inability to construct a coherent argument, or indeed to teach you understand anything past your own bigoted, parochial perspective.

    Who are these families who piss away their money on ‘flashy holidays and expensive cars’ at the expense of their children’s futures? Have you ever met one? Or do you not venture past the huge security fences that surround your family estate for fear of encountering these inarticulate, uneducated masses who can’t even stretch to spending £12, 000 on school fees? The tight-fisted philistines!

    If I were you, I’d want my money back.

    • Not-Pretentious Nigel

      Shut up Beesley

  • Oliver Sadik

    What is the actual point of this article? Who was arguing that state education has better facilities? Fair, make a point that people shouldn’t be ashamed of having gone to private school but what on Earth are you actually arguing?

  • Courtney-May Pendergrass

    I completely agree with this wonderful argument! I once met a few state educated people and not only were they pitifully stupid, but I could also not understand a word they said. To this day, I still do not know what ‘sup’ means, and I hope that I never do. I myself have received an excellent education after being privately educated, and was very pleased with my ABB results in Media Studies, Drama and Health and Social Care respectively.

    • Hahahahaha

      Troll?

    • Abby

      I attended a state school and easily achieved ABB in my A levels. I am now a law student at a Russell Group university and have all firsts and upper class 2.1s. Am I below you? My comprehension of the English language is certainly better than most of yours. ;)

      • North London private school

        Yes, ABB, what the hell is that?

  • Pouyan

    Justifying educational inequality by saying ‘its just life’ is simply ridiculous. Back in the day racial segregation and homophobia were ‘just part of life’.

    A child does not control what background they are born into, something which one has no control over should not have a detrimental effect on their life.

    Unfortunately today what kind of family you’re born into can have a detrimental effect your future. Being born into a poor family in an urban area will inevitably mean you go to a school with lower teaching standards. Even if you want to get some good GCSE’s, you face obstacles such a disruptive and overcrowded learning environment. Therefore when that person attains the same grade as someone who has been spoon fed information, had a quiet and small learning environment, then the person from the state school’s achievement is far greater as they have had more hurdles to overcome to get that grade. Therefore this should be recognised by universities.

  • JC

    Despite being from a similar background from the writer of the article, I couldn’t help but cringe the whole way through reading it.

    She should be embarrassed.

    Just goes to show money certainly does not buy class.

  • state-schooled Cambridge student

    At the end of the day love, daddy’s money can’t have bought you that much intelligence. You’re still at Bristol.

  • Sam

    Squash and horses are ‘better’? You have your prejudice ideas and give no support for them. What is more, you talk as if it’s obvious! It’s people like you that make me glad I went to a state school. I personally got better grades than most private school students I imagine, and probably wouldn’t have done any better elsewhere, though this could obviously never be tested.
    Did they teach you how to write an argument at posh school? Stupid

  • Lord Denning

    Is this why you got a third last year?

  • O

    Hahaha I think that, even for private schools, stables are pretty irregular. Having been to both state and private schools I can say two things. 1) there is a lot of prejudice towards private school kids (and its not always justified) 2) it’s horrifically ignorant to say that people go to state school because their parents spent money on flashy holidays and cars rather than education. For me that’s the most ignorant thing about this whole article – the assumption that going to state school is a choice. Yes, the education might not quite be to the same standards as private schools but I believe the kids there have just as much potential and ability as any private school kids, just a lack of money to transfer it to the elitist schools.
    Regardless of state or private it’s the elitist schools like Eton that are just messed up with their principles.

  • Anonymous

    POSH TWAT!

  • Courtney-May Pendergrass (haha)

    Courtney,

    ABB is shit. No offence.

    • Buzz-Kill Barry

      I think it’s a joke comment mate…

  • Shocked

    I am completely disgusted with what I’ve just read. You’ve made it clear to all that you’re a sad little girl with a chip on her shoulder- and made all who went to private school seem the same. You should be ashamed of yourself I hope you tread in poo tomorrow.

  • Hahahaha

    Simply, what a d!ck.

  • Becca’s parents

    I think we need to have a little chat…

  • State School Cantab

    What a cunt

  • Harry Cartwright

    I can’t grasp your point about parents opting to pay for EITHER flash holidays and nice cars, OR pay for their child’s education? I went to a private school and I have been to Butlins 6 times, 7 including this summer!

  • State school and proud

    At least by going to state school, I learned how to respect people from all walks of life.

  • sane person

    judging by this article, and your use of reason, i can only conclude that you did not go to school at all

  • Anon

    One would assume if private education is all you’ve cracked it up to be then your grammar would be a little better too.

  • Ollie

    “Yes, it may be unfair that being able to pay upwards of £12,000 a year in fees entitles you to a better education, but that’s life.”

    A particularly good justification of the existence of private schools, bravo. No, but in all seriousness when you address counter-arguments to your point you normally, you know, actually have to counter them. If “that’s life” is the best you can do, then Daddy’s money was truly wasted.

    The truth of the matter is that you’ve paid tens of thousands of pounds to get to exactly the same place that us state-leeching vagrants have, but if you still wish to claim some pseudo-intellectual high ground then up yours.

  • ex private and state school pupil.

    I think one thing that should be highlighted throughout the current comments across this discussion is that although we all come from various different educations, backgrounds, social classes, beliefs and other variables, we are all aware and no matter what the base of our education was formed upon, we have all been informed that we are entitled to an opinion and this piece of writing is simply an opinion, which is not just something she has come up with the same as the arguments opposing, therefore the negative remarks against the person themselves is unnecessary.

    As my opinion, having had a taste of state and private; the teaching is of no difference as a general point however there are those who are more or less dedicated across all education boards.

    The outcome of the education we have been given solely lies upon how we utilise the resources and experience.

  • State School Dave

    lol your parents spent over £70,000 on your education and we’re at the same university, that’s kind of peak

  • Grammar School Student

    Having read some of the comments I can see that most of the things that are fundamentally wrong with this article have already been pointed out, but can’t see any comment onf the ‘dishonest tactics’ of moving catchment area to get into a better state school which was grouped in with lying about religion.
    First of all, I cannot see how moving to be near better schools is dishonest in any way. The excellent grammar schools in Tonbridge are exactly why we moved there, we would never LIE about it and we still had to earn our places by taking entrance exams, whether you think they’re sufficiently ‘stringent’ or not.
    If you went to a private school, chances are that private school being nearby was one of the reasons your parents chose your particular house, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that- can’t see how its any different.

    I also can’t help but repeat this one that others have pointed out- you’re angry that people sometimes think they’ve ‘earned their place’ more than you have, whilst simultaneously pointing out all the reasons why it has been easier for you. Either you worked just as hard as the rest of us (which many private school students may have done) or you had a lot more support and opportunities than the rest of us- which is it? My brother went to private school (Tonbridge) whilst I went to a grammar school. We achieved similar results (mine were actually better), went on to the same university and I’m currently on track to do just as well as he did. And while he’s just as bright, and a works just as hard, he would fully admit that his journey to the same place was made a lot easier than mine was. There is nothing wrong with that, but why not just admit it?

  • Danny Dyer

    You’re off your nut.

    • Danny Dyer too

      She’s a proper mug.

  • theodora

    Congratulations! You went to private school and now you write for the tab.

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    The irony of this article is killing me.

  • Hhmm…

    Didn’t quite get the reaction you were hoping for I assume Becca?

    To top it all off, a terribly written article.

    That is all

  • Oh God

    What an absolute cunt.

  • Anon

    It’s now not at all a mystery to me as to why you got a third last year and had to retake your exams. It’s a shame that the money you got from your parents to keep you going through secondary school wasn’t enough to force your way through even your FIRST year at university. At least you’ve redeemed yourself by writing an article with good grammar and politically appropriate logic.

    • Anon

      This is just really mean.

  • Theodora.

    My Darling, one cannot help but feel that without the money of Mummy and Daddy Atkinson you would be posting this from UWE as you exhibit an astounding level of idiocy and ignorance. Heard on the the old grape vine you’re in line for a Desmond. Congrats. Money well spent. Mwah.

    • Cantab

      Because Bristol’s that much better?

      • Theodora.

        To put it rather bluntly, yes.

        • Oxon

          Not as bad as Cambridge surely?

  • Content

    ..you seem to be lacking it

  • Fat Dom

    yeah, i didn’t read this one yet, but I’ll bet it’s real good. Only thing is, I don’t reckon everyone thinks the same thing. They reckon you’re pig ignorant. I dunno, man, but maybe. I once got a pack of cards with a pig on and then I traded them real bad but lost all my favourite ones. And but that’s okay, because I had some fun. I’m gonna get another pack of cards then see how I feel. While I’m getting them I need bread and yogurt for my dinner, so I’ll do that too. Then I’ll give it a read and tell you what I think. But first I need to eat my dinner. Then I can read it. But maybe I might watch some of the news first, because I think it’s good to keep up with current affairs sometimes and learn stuff. But I swear I’ll read it real soon. Okay, I have just been sick on myself, let me clean then I’ll read it. It’s all thick.

    • Skinny Lauren

      Big up Fat Dom!!!!!!
      ps get to the gym

    • Who are you

      this is gold

  • Concerned

    But will your parents be able to afford to move to the other side of the world, as I suspect may be necessary following the backlash your article has caused?

    Good luck in your seminars tomorrow.

  • Ex Private School

    You can’t deny the fact that private schools are generally better than state schools in terms of facilities and (usually) teaching but I don’t believe that makes all their students smarter…
    The majority of my friends here at Bristol went to state schools and are far higher achieving than quite a few people from my old school.

  • Loved it!

    This is one of the best satirical pieces I’ve read in a while. Bravo!

  • wasitme

    Most parents aren’t choosing not to send their kids to private school to go on holiday or buy cars instead. Most parents work hard to provide a home for their children and do the best they can for them and for these parents it simply isnt a option to the very pricey pay school fees. Just a heads up: most of us couldn’t afford it despite the fact that we would have loved to have the same opportunities as you have had. The lottery of being born into wealth or not shouldn’t play a determining factor in your education, but clearly does… Getting the lucky ticket into the world if private school and all of its opportunities is a gift and for those of us that weren’t fortunate enough we have had to graft that little bit harder. But we are all at bristol now and all equally deserve our place, so I agree: let’s ditch the posh prejudice!

  • CeCe Armadillo Montigue

    This gives the Daily Mail a fucking halo. I sincerely hope this is an exaggerated form of yourself otherwise in normal society you would get lynched in most circles. I hope your private education is able to save you from that situation.

    Yours, a normal person.

  • Prince George of Cambridge

    I’m hungry.

  • To make this even more entertaining…
  • Bites Galore

    Surely this is all just a big joke and you’re all mugs for replying?

    If not, not only is your article obviously ridiculous, but I also found the second part quite boring.

  • impoverished state school child

    This is potentially the biggest load of bullshit I have ever read. Firstly, equating ‘Posh prejudice’ with racism is ridiculous and frankly insulting to anyone of an ethnic minority. Additionally, your parents did not pay for my education through their taxes, mine did.
    “They’ve been trained to lead since they were children.” What are you advocating, some kind of social engineering? Clearly your grasp of society is extremely flawed as you, for example, are not leading the way in much…besides stupidity.
    “Some things only money can buy – and a good education is one of them” This again, is a ridiculous statement. You clearly have no idea about the quality of state education beyond what you read in The Daily Mail. State schools can provide an excellent education, sometimes even better than private schools! You clearly have a chip on your shoulder because people from state schools got to the same place as you and had an equally as good education for free.

    What you have proved in this article is that you know little about life beyond your private school bubble. In the real world you’ll find that being a pretentious snob is not gonna get you far in life. P.s. in a state school you’d probably fail

    From an impoverished, state school (uneducated) scum.

  • Stupid State School Student

    How can you say that private school students are better than state school students?!
    You had a different calibre of teaching. Parents don’t get a choice in whether they can send their children to private school or not. Most people cannot afford it.
    You may have studied at one of the most prestigious schools in the UK, but you still have a lot of learning to do.

  • state school peasant

    do you understand that poor people exist?

  • toff

    Really begs the question: why are you only at Bristol?

    (commiserations as to your parents’ failed investment)

  • James

    You are an ignorant, snobby bitch and you haven’t got a clue. I attended state school and now have an apprenticeship where i’m earning over £24,000 at the age of 19. As long as you put the effort in you will succeed and you don’t need to go to a shitty jumped up private school to achieve this.

  • Anon

    I’m embarrassed to know you having read this.

  • John O’Farrell

    When you sit next to a state educated person in a lecture do you:

    a) Feel physically sick
    b) Comfort them by telling them about your poor friend, Tami-Lynn
    c) Ask if they own or rent
    d) Wonder if 12,000/year may have been a waste

  • A-non.

    Who do you think you are to say you’re better than someone who went to a state school? Dick.

    University is a level-playing field designed for equal opportunity. We’ve all done our exams, and we’ve all earned our places fair and square.

    Have you genuinely hand-selected your friends at university due to their birth rights? Was your opening line in freshers “Who went to a public school? If you didn’t don’t come near me, or I’ll get the family stallion to trample out your existences.”

    Fuck knows what you study, but you evidently don’t seem to have connected with the anti-narrow-mindedness that the vast majority of university students automatically pick up during their 3 years of study.

    It makes me feel sick that you think that social hierarchy exists at university. How can you seriously generalise that private school pupils are more academically gifted, or BETTER than state school pupils!? What bollocks.

    A logical reason grades are perhaps, on average, higher than state schools, might be to do with something such as a moral obligation towards those paying fees? Maybe for example, many private school students feel obligated to work extremely hard as a thank you to whoever is generous enough to be paying their fees?

    Also, not to mention that you’re missing the blindingly obvious fact that grammar schools usually have far superior grades. Idiot.

    Grammar schools have ridiculously competitive entrance exams which are surely far more of an achievement in passing than your parents having enough money for you to receive the exact same education.

    And to compare the sporting facilities of private schools to state schools is so naive, honey. Huge numbers of state schools have far superior all-round facilities than, for example, tiny private schools who have decidedly less than 1000 pupils in their junior and senior counterparts. What the fuck are you on?

    University was built initially (yes back in the age of the aristocrat – apparently the age you were mistakenly not born into) as an institution that only those who were lucky enough to be born into wealth were financially able to attend… due to their senior education. But, please correct me if I’m wrong, I think we got past this about a century ago.

    Is your dad Jeremy Paxman’s number one fan or something?

  • Kiran Trivedy

    “In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia” literally the stupidest and most white privileged thing i’ve ever read

  • Fuk Fedz 3 da mandem 2k14

    Becca Atkinson’s next article, ’10 reasons why the police were right to kill Mark Duggan’, due shortly

  • dem shoo laces r perplexing me

    isssssit blad? manz went state skool fam. I fink ur on2 somefing, I only got 2 A*s wiv my A.

  • Tony Harrison

    I went to a private school and a state school and, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my time in private education, I believe the state secondary school and sixth form I went on to attend fostered the perfect balance between self motivated and teacher led learning.

    Now I’m at university I think the work ethic I was encouraged to have is still helping me greatly and I’m glad my parents made the conscious decision to send me to a state school. It’s not that they couldn’t afford a public school, it’s simply that the other option was better, and the saving of £100k or so is somewhat of a bonus.

  • Dan Simms

    Did I see you in Syndicate that time?

  • Ollie Richards

    state school kids are wankers

    • ‘Wanker’

      You’re awful

  • David Cameron’s Agent

    On behalf of David, I have to apologise for his failings as a squash player, and as a result for the the state of our country today. David is distraught upon learning that if he had tried harder in P.E. he would be a far more successful prime minister. David will be releasing a public statement later this week, declaring his immediate retirement from cycling and jogging in an attempt to hone his squash skills, in particular his backhand and return of serve.
    Yours,
    Official Spokesman of No. 10 Downing Street.

  • Ewa

    “In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia.”

    Hahahahahahahaha you are wrong.

    • Anonymous

      no posh prejudice is just as bad as ‘chav bashing’, condemnable as a prejudice with certain common features to the wider genus of prejudice – which does include racism and homophobia.

  • Ignoramus, You Are

    Disgusting.

    My mother was state educated all her life and she gained 9A’s (the equivalent of 11A*’s today). She ended up at UCL, joined by a large number of private schooled people who were as equally intelligent as her.

    I’m lucky enough to be privately educated and I’m grateful for my opportunity. If there’s one thing I have learnt from my school, I should be grateful that I have enough money to go there.

    Your school and parents have obviously failed in educating you about the wider world. That is a real, real shame.

  • David

    This is arguably the biggest pile of tabloid crap i have ever read, to compare posh racism or what ever you called it to homophobia or racism is a disgrace (i’m black and Jewish, so this kind of comparison pisses me off) for all your private schooling you clearly failed to grasp basic sensitivity, but maybe that’s just a byproduct of your over privileged education. You lose so much going to private school and gain such a weak narrow minded view of the world. Education isn’t everything and it’s definitely not about getting grades and i can legit say that with 3 degrees and a PhD to my name. If i want my children to be spoiled, irritating, mindless Robots that with a giant chip on their shoulder i’ll send them your way!

  • She studies law!

    Christ pumpkin, if daddy doesn’t get you into a firm these scummy state school students could be your clients! The lucky things!

  • Ray Wilkins

    My word

  • Silly Bint.

    Can confirm that the stupid bint that wrote this is not posh whatsoever, and is in fact more relatable to a pikey than a posh person. Cringe worthy and embarassing.

  • S

    It must be embarrassing, that after spending all that money on a private education, you ended up at the same university as lowly state school kids. Say thanks to your parents too, paying their taxes, what saints.

  • grow up everyone

    This is a ridiculous article, but it has one truth in it: no one should be criticised for something their parents have chosen and like it or not, the old phrase is entirely true: my house, my rules.

    Why can’t you just leave everyone’s schooling behind now; it’s so old, we’re at the same place now getting the same level of teaching and paying the same price.

    University is the great equaliser so grow up and start appreciating it

  • Don’t want to be associated with you.

    I’m unfriending you on Facebook.

  • anonymous

    I’m not saying this is right or wrong but at the school i went to (which was private) Bristol, like Edinburgh, St Andrew’s, Durham, Exeter etc…was one of those universities which you just got into and there was never really any doubt about it. Every year, everyone would apply to Oxbridge, UCL or LSE and the ones that didn’t get in would go to Bristol, Edinburgh or Durham. This is clearly unfair in comparison with students from state schools, but it begs the question: If you had a choice, would you choose to go to a school where a place at Bristol was a given or to go to a school where it was going to take a lot of hard work to get there?

    The average percentage of A* grades at my school was 90%, which means that students were not being awarded places because they went to a private school, but because their results were good. I do not agree that students from private schools buy their way into University, as the fees for everyone are the same, as are the grades required to be met at A-Level.

    I do however accept that these grades may be more easily achieved at a private school, which is able to attract better teachers with the offer of a better salary and longer holidays, among other things.

  • Becca Atkinson

    C all da St8 Skl mandem getin big up on da commentz. Mugs still

  • On my gap yar

    I think the real question here is whether she was rejected by Oxford or Cambridge before she chose Bristol.

    • Brasenose college, Oxford

      We have decided, we have made a mistake concerning your application to study law here. We would like to offer you a place as we believe you have the values to be the next prime minister, much like one of our alumni, Dave. We did not realise that you were bigot, with a big headed little posh girl complex. Had we of known this we would of taken you.

      Yours sincerely,

      Brasenose College

  • Darcy James

    You sound delightful.

  • Jonny

    Even if you are trying to be funny, this is a disgusting article.

  • Anonymouse

    “mine at a price I won’t disclose”

    “being able to pay upwards of £12,000 a year”

    OK, thanks for that

    • State School Spelling

      *anonymous

  • sincerely, the North

    David Cameron is a rent boy

  • Supreme Awkward Turtle.

    She could have made these points without completely confirming the negative stereotype that surrounds Public School students by coming across as arrogant, ignorant and snobbish. There are clearly advantages to attending a Public School much the same as there are also negatives but both arguments should have been presented in a balanced and mature way. As it stands she seems to just be slagging off State school students and boasting.

  • Contradictory Craig

    “mine at a price I won’t disclose”

    “being able to pay upwards of £12,000 a year”

    OK, thanks for that.

  • Trollinder

    This ‘Becca’ (parents obviously forgot to buy her whole name when she was born) is an obvious troll!
    Well done to you miss, you trolled us good you troll.
    If you aren’t a troll, then I hate you and everything you stand for.
    But you are. So well done troll, good trolling!

    • She isn’t a troll

      Unfortunately I know the author in real life and this is NOT a troll article…

  • Regarder

    The scary thing is though that deep, deep down Cameron, Osborne, Gove, Hunt, Paterson and likely a few others actually believe this kind of ‘right to rule’ crap.

  • ITS A RUSE

    She’s a gypsy

  • law student

    Awks that the author of this article got a third last year…

  • Sam Allardyce

    There was nothing she could do! She had to play the match and she only had kids available coz Ravelle Morrison was injured and Nolan got himself red carded!

  • NEWS JUST IN
  • Barry Shitpeas

    I like rusty spoons… It’s coz me pleb parents wudnt by me proper shcooling
    fuck em

  • http://sjsj Jesus

    I didn’t go to private school, and i’m pretty awesome

  • I’ve never been so embarrassed to go to bristol..

  • I’ve never been so embarrassed to go to bristol

  • Money clearly can’t buy intelligence

    I think it’s apparent that in your case money cannot buy intelligence – nor common sense for that matter.

    Your views are those clearly transmitted from right-wing ancestors, who’ve advised not to mix with those working-class plebeians.

    Furthermore, my state school didn’t even have a hockey pitch! What a disgrace! Should I just give up and sign on now??

  • Former private school student

    Tonbdirge! I went to their leavers ball donkey years ago. Anyway…. yes the author is right we (privately educated folk) get a lot of stick for being “posh twats” as it were. But really this article isn’t helping, it just makes us look worse, so thank you very much -_-

  • Hmm…

    I went to a private school as well and since going to uni, I do get a lot of stick for it. However, I’d hardly say it’s on a par with racism/homophobia. The reason I get pissed off with being teased about private school is because it was not a decision I made for myself. And it is shit to be teased for a choice you didn’t consciously make yourself. But I think this state school-bashing and claim that private school students are inherently cleverer is just awful. And it’s a shame because this idea could have been really effective but instead, the article has just strived to confirm all the stereotypes i attempt to deny on a weekly basis. Wonderful.

  • BITE

    ITS OK THOUGH COS NOW EVERYONES AT BRISTOL ENJOYIN THEIR MD AND KET: LOOK HOW SICK OUR TIE DYE TSHIRTS ARE

  • Mick McCarthy

    Surely if a private schooled student and a state educated student go to the same university, then the state educated student is the cleverest

    • Hmm…

      I don’t think it needs to be a contest of who’s the cleverest. Otherwise, we’re just taking the possibly pettiest bit of the “article” and turning it around to have the same demoralising effect on someone else. 93% of the schools in the UK are state, therefore the majority of the students at any uni is gonna be state. I don’t think it needs to be a battle of the cleverest.

  • Ex private school

    Weather education is better at private school is debatable I personally think if you’re willing to put the work in you can succeed in any environment it’s down to the individual and that’s why unis aren’t full of the same private school people
    I think however that you just get more of the same people in private schools there’s less trouble the bad kids ain’t what they are in state schools and maybe that is to do with upbringing I don’t know ain’t going in to that!
    yes you get posh people at private schools, many aren’t I’m not and hated my time at private school because of the types of people there not the education
    I left and went to a state college and definitely think I became a more well rounded person there than I ever would have been able to achieve at private school think private schools should spend more time on how their students come out of their schools as people aswell as good grades because grades mean nothing if you’re personality doesn’t match up to it.
    As for this article it should have been debated from both sides because you do not make yourself look good at all.

  • Murray

    “Posh prejudice as bad as racism” ??

    Sorry. I didn’t realise that over a period of centuries posh people had been colonised, brutalised, torn from their families and homes, dehumanised, and forced to work on working and middle class people’s plantations, and in the process destroy their home countries to the extent that they want to emigrate to the countries that working and middle class people are from. Also didn’t realise that, in addition to this, institutional economic, social, and political structures have been set up that privilege working and middle class people over posh people at every feasible opportunity. I didn’t realise that images of working and middle class beauty had been perpetuated and promoted to the extent that posh people hate the appearance that they have been genetically predisposed with and therefore seek cosmetic products and surgery to appear more working or middle class.

    But hey, i didn’t realise this. Perhaps this has been going on. Which would mean that yes, you are right – posh prejudice is as bad as racism.

    • Samuel James

      I went to an extremely good private school, I didn’t do that well academically but I followed music and now I’m an opera singer. Call that posh? I studied with only 2 other students from the private sector out of 20!

      Furthermore, in my past experience, I have never heard one of my private sector colleagues disrespect someone because they went to a state school (for the interest of balance I have heard many people talk down to someone because they quite simply are a nasty piece of work, however, this has nothing to do with education. I think every average person has similar thoughts from time to time). On the other hand, I do have many friends who have been called a ‘Posh Twat’ or a ‘Snobby Prick’ on many occasions, indeed it has occurred to me. The difference in education, I believe, proceeds from here with the reaction to a rather harmfully deep remark. Knowing to accept an opinion gracefully, is a quintessential part of normal etiquette, even though you know it was meant with Malus and born of jealousy or innocent ignorance. Taking it in a single stride and not reciprocating the gift of this name badge gives one a feeling not of self righteousness or arrogance as many to easily assume would be the case, but a sense of calm and respect for others even if the feeling is not mutual.

      Anyway, just an opinion which luckily, all are entitled to!

  • You’re a prick

    This is a fucking joke. Its people like you who make ‘posh prejudice’… how can you possibly comment on the state school system when you’ve been so sheltered your entire life? You think you’ve been born into a divine right to be ‘better’ than other people

    i hate you

    your parents should be ashamed of the perspective their money has bought you… but they probably aren’t because I imagine they’re as ignorant as you are.

  • John

    I just can’t relive you think that a state school might play hockey.

  • http://None Joyous, delightful Bristol

    There are no words to describe how much this article has been concocted out of ingredients such as 100% pure, organic twat.
    …Bought from Waitrose on the Tri-yangle, yah.

  • Doug Turner

    You couldn’t have put it worse. You sound arrogant and stuck up, and like you believe you are better than others, because of money your PARENTS paid. You didn’t, you didn’t earn the living to go there, you’re nothing special compared to the thousands of people who go to uni from schools that quite honestly expect them to fail.
    Yeah private schools get better results, the education is better, however what you’ve just proved is that it seems to shelter too many people into having these views and not taking into consideration the opinion of others.
    You believe “Posh Prejudice” is as bad as homophobia and racism? Because it has stopped you having your human rights? What has people being upset they haven’t been so privileged as you, rob from your life.
    Fuck.

  • indifferent.

    Don’t give her the satisfaction of reading this, she’s probably sat at home rubbing her hands together. Public/state…focus on the individual…you will not get far in life with this kind of attitude it’s disgusting. I could cringe but i know you’ll be doing that when you read back this article in a couple of years.

  • SUCKDICKYOUVIRGINCUNT

    You’re preposterous

  • Lord Duckling Tuft-Arbuthnot……esquire

    One divines that the common folk here are veritably chartreuse with envy towards us jolly fine and proper gents and ladies.
    My pappy comported himself with a spiffing upper class vigour and blue blood vim at the roulette wheel of hedge funds, and the mater was ever so capital and sagacious with pennies of lower classes at baccarat table of sub prime mortgages. Little Leopold and Elizabeth needed new polo uniforms at Wellington, after all.
    The financial collapse was totally coincidental, and jolly good thing, I should say, to tickle that fine chap Georgie O to cull the riff raff with his champion austerity. Hurrah!
    The charming young wordsmith is bloody well bang on. let’s bulldoze the comprehensives and let the old money handle the noble venture of an education. For you working class rabble…Us pure breed gents of good of ol’ Blighty need plenty of valets and butlers to do their buttling. As for the ladies…Well our first borns need to ‘slum it’ at some stage. Prepares them for the colonies. Chortle!

    Tally ho!!

  • Matt

    lol

  • Supporter

    Both my parents had to work very hard (one merely working at the check-in desk at the airport) to pay £16k a year to send me to a private school. They had to make sacrifices to enable me this opportunity.

    I think the main reason why private schooled pupils achieve higher grades is because their parents clearly hold a great interest in their studies. I completely agree with Becca – many parents have chosen to pay for private schools over luxury holidays and cars therefore children should not be penalised. I do think that private schools offer a better education (I have attended a ‘good’ state school too and could clearly see the difference) but this is an indicator to improve our education system and learn from the private schools as opposed to penalise those who have attended them.

    • Rupert Murdoch’s Colostomy Bag

      I don’t think any sensible and reasonable human being has a problem with private education and parents wanting the best for their children.
      What they object to is the iniquities in the higher education admissions process, and the attitude of many students who were privately educated.

      They seem to be very unaware of their privilege and good fortune. And many are very insensitive when it comes to those who are not so lucky. They come across as supercilious and even ungrateful for the leg up they received, that a lot of poorer kids would kill for.

      • Supporter

        It is difficult to understand how fortunate you are in that environment. Until I went to university I didn’t personally understand how fortunate I was either. But until someone living on minimum wage goes to Africa they won’t understand how fortunate they are either. No body is perfect.

        I don’t think we received a ‘leg up’. In fact, when applying to Leeds university, I was told that I had to get higher grades than stated on the prospectus because these grades were for those from an ‘under-privileged background’.

        Additionally, ‘poorer’ kids who have a strong work ethic have access to grammar schools. After attending a grammar school for two years, I found the quality of education and focus on developing an individual in terms of music, debating etc was of a very similar standard to my private school.

        • Sigh

          I’m from a region up North where grammar schools were abolished around the ’80s. You got sent to whichever school had your home in its catchment area, no access to schools for children with ‘strong work ethic’.
          I could rant all day about 11 plus exams but that’s entirely off point…

    • Lord Duckling Tuft-Arbuthnot……esquire

      One perceives that you sound far too rational and good-natured to be a product of the public school fee paying class.

  • Does daddy buy you friends too?

    get a life. and some social awareness

  • Fredrick Ecbert

    I think that this article is fabulous. I was really stupid and immature with no hope in life before I went to private school. Then I went to an all boys boarding school and Mr Wilson ‘sorted me out’. If daddy hadn’t bailed me out I would be amongst the plebs right now in Manchester or Liverpool rather than sailing in Bristol and partying everyday. Whooo Rahs for life! #iambetterthanyou

    • Lord Duckling Tuft-Arbuthnot……esquire

      A refreshingly sensible outlook from an erstwhile member of the ‘rabble’. Good show old boy. I still get a whiff of ‘the street’ from you, but if you stick at it, some noble gent may make a ‘peer in gay orgy shame’ headline out of you.

  • Cambridge Admissions

    Unfortunately money can’t buy a way through our gates.
    Brb just accepting a genius from peckham grammar….

    • from Peckham

      Unfortunately ain’t no grammers in Peckham bro

  • Confused

    How a product of the evidently brilliant public schools came to be writing for such a worthless excuse for a ‘paper’ as the tab is anyone’s guess. One would have thought you’d be too busy solving world hunger, landing a man on mars or perhaps overseeing some poor people somewhere.

  • Faculty of Science

    At the end of the day, we’re all attending the same university. Different routes, different paths, we all made the necessary prerequisites.

    Some may go proceed to say it’s the posh, privately educated kids who are the ones studying History of Art or Philosophy with fewer career prospects.

    But that would just be narrow-minded, right?

  • What does this even mean?

    “Some things only money can buy – and a good education is one of them”

    How else do you buy something other than with money? I mean you could barter but that’s kinda outdated, and it wouldn’t be referred to as ‘buying’ would it? What can you buy, but not with money? I’m at a loss here.

    Other than that great article!

    Oh wait, it was shit.

  • Ryan_93

    I went to a private school and I’d like to know where she went so I can make sure I never send my kids there.

    Thankfully, not everyone who went to private school is so ignorant and blinded from reality. I understand that I was extremely lucky to be able to go to a private school. Of course my parents worked hard so I could be there, but that’s not to say there aren’t thousands of other parents who work just as hard and are unable to do so…

    Schools aren’t defined by the ‘stables and squash courts’. They’re defined by the people in them. I sure as hell would rather go to a state school if private schools really were comprised of people like her.

    Thankfully, she is a very small minority. Though it can be said that often state school students think every private school student is like her, I’m glad to say we’re not. I hope she understands what she’s actually said one day, and rethinks her perspective on private education.

    • Little Timmy the chimney sweep

      Bless you sir. Can you spare a shilling?

  • Tarquin

    If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from life, PRICE MEANS QUALITY!

  • K

    I’m still trying to figure out if this is a joke. I hope for my faith in humanity it is.

  • Bristol Drop Out

    This is clearly a piece written just to ruffle the feathers of the state school students, and maybe those privately-educated students who’ve smoked a dozen joints, taken a couple tabs of acid and proceeded to get the communist manifesto tattooed over their entire body, and get them talking about ‘that Tab article written by that ignorant, pompous twat’. By getting so outraged and voicing your opinions through social media, you’re giving the journalist (..?) and the rag exactly what they want.

    • Rupert Murdoch

      Oiii! I own 90% of ‘The Tab’ you pommie baastard!

  • Max

    Good article and though I went to a state school my only criticism is it is a little short. There is no worthwhile information, its like you wrote this after a argument and just wanted to get your point across. Do some research for a more complete argument.

    • Jeremy Paxman

      There wasn’t even an ‘incomplete argument’

      • Max

        True indeed.

  • Ralph Swan

    I WENT TO STATE I’VE BEEN IN A FUCKING GANG SINCE YEAR 7 AND LED THAT SHIT SINCE YEAR 9 SO DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT FUCKING LEADERSHIP OR I SWEAR DOWN I WILL FUCKING STAB YOU.

    No, but seriously, this article has to be a joke, there is no other way this could have even been conceived as something worth publishable.

  • Rhiannon Busby

    Reading your article I think you have given some good points however I think the point of the article is a little useless (in a sense).

    I completely agree that private school’s have very good connections and that it is a lot about who you know and not what you know. That was a point well made.

    However I think the point that is needed to be made most is that people from private schools are not necessarily more intelligent nor are they better leaders but maybe it is seen like this because those from state schools are given the opportunity to showcase their skills.

    I am under no illusion that good universities such as Bristol do take on non-privately educated students but I think that those who do come from private school have an upper hand in getting into the best universities because of this.

    Now to this you will say that my point has just reinforced your argument, and indeed it has but don’t you think that this needs to be changed; why should someone who hasn’t come from money be prevented from entering the best universities even though they may hold an equally good skill set, which I do believe happens?

    It is much like the point of university itself. We have a culture in England whereby employers want mainly graduates because previous governments have enforced this and because of the large supply they can demand this (and at lower cost than before) but actually this isn’t necessarily what is good for the economy. I believe we need to try to screen out prejudice and change our opinions towards things like private school and apprenticeships so that we are utilizing all of our labour force in the best way possible for the better of both the economy and those in it!

  • Jeremy Paxman

    Fingers on buzzers, here’s your starter for 10

    On 16th January, 2014 who foolishly revealed themself to be the most ignorant, spoiled inept, ungracious, toffee-nosed princess no hope at Bristol University?

    • Lord Duckling Tuft-Arbuthnot……esquire

      Bzzzzzz

      Magdalen College, Oxford, Tuft-Arbuthnot esq

      Good gracious it’s a toughy, was it that charming filly who appeared in a wonderfully edifying installment of that rip-roaring reality soap Made in Chelsea?

  • What a load of bull

    Embarrassing really. And so so so so ignorant considering what a great education she’s had.

  • stateschoolscum

    at least with all your lovely money you’ll be able to buy people who like you to replace the ones you lost by writing this article

  • Freddie Ball

    I went to Eton

  • Pauper

    hahahahahahhaha this is class. ‘accept theyre better than those who went to state school’ literally crying here
    go wipe your ass with your monies
    toodlepip

  • bestofboth

    I spent half of high school at a state school and the other half at a private school. The private school I went to wasn’t expensive relative to how much they can cost, but, my state school had much better facilities than my private school, maybe apart from sport.

    OP makes some good points but is so out of touch with reality that she’s made herself look like a right bellend and shows a lack of social education.

  • Victoria-LB

    Such a ridiculous, sanctimonious, and hypocritical article- glad it was short, not so much sweet.

    To a degree society must acknowledge the fact that going to a TOP private school is better than a low valued state school, HOWEVER regardless of that fact, it doesn’t mean a private school will produce people who go to better Universities- Just because you pay for an education will not mean your more clever, FAR from it- of course it provides more opportunities, but I’m more intelligent than half the private schoolers on my Bristol, university course!

    Of course, I’m sure you will get to know people from an elite circle by attending the best private schools- and that will no doubt help your cause in latter life, when getting a job.

    It’s awfully amusing how hypocritical you who worked “just as hard to get to Bristol” goes on to list the many advantages you had…these seem to clash?! as obviously a person without these facilities have to work ‘even harder’ than you?

    Last but not least there is a considerable difference between “Old Etonians or Old Harrovians” and a private school in Bath par-say, which people have to go to in order to leave the roughest of areas.

    Seems to me like you have more of a chip on your shoulder than any person who attended a state school! I often hear people discussing paying for their education- not so much them being ridiculed for it- who’s convincing who here?!

  • Anonymous

    What a cunt

  • HVR

    I don’t think your parents paid for your place here, I just think Bristol made a mistake.

  • State school dumb

    I think it is extremely petty to even bother caring what type of school a person has been to BEFORE going to university. Everyone at Bristol has worked hard to get their place there, we are now all on an equal level. Unfortunately it’s snobs like you who create such an elitist atmosphere in Bristol of those who have money, and those who haven’t been so fortunate. University is about what you make of it, and what you do with your future, not what your parents have paid for in the past.

  • Someone should shit on your chest

    I hope this is a joke. I personally am embarrassed for your parents that having spent so much money on a ‘better education’, this is what they have to show for it. Comparing being criticised for being posh to racism? Oh it must be hard having all that money! Most of this article is redundant and simply states the obvious: more money = better resources. The rest just reeks of bitter insecurity. By luck you were born into a family with money, instead of trying to justify your spoonfed lifestyle why not just be grateful you weren’t born into a third world country. Or even better, having recognised that you had access to better schooling than most of the country, why not use your position to advocate a more universal standard of education. Then the current inequality probably favours you, after all, without the grades and money to hide behind you obviously dont have much going for you as a person.

  • HVR
  • Bristol student

    My brother, like me went to a state school for 5 years and after that a close private sixth form. He missed out on a place at Bristol as he narrowly missed his high offer for History A*AA. His old school friend, now at the state sixth form got an AAB offer for history. Bristol has a new policy on this kind of positive discrimination. In this way he felt he did in fact have to work harder.

    The private school wasn’t the most academic school but had good facilities and was religious. My parents paid so my brother and I wouldn’t have to travel miles to the alternative. Someone may say it was better but quite frankly it was very different and in some ways I really disliked it; it had an old fashioned sometimes sexist culture.

    Importantly people have reasons for choosing schools beyond results, and facilities. I was extremely happy at my state school as it was a fantastic school with good results and opportunities. The truth of the matter is every school, whether private or state is valued upon its staff, importantly its teachers and its management. So I sat next to the Prince of Liechtenstein in my French class- but did I really care? No, I was there to go to school and learn. Too many parents looking at the private side valu e these schools not on the teaching and nature of the school but run away with the prospect of rubbing noses with nobility and Britain’s most eligible gentlemen. Even if they did just look at the school part then they would see that state schools are just as good if not better when it comes to the schooling, after all state schools have compulsory OFSTED inspections! The truth is that come Fresher’s it all comes out. People ask you after “Hi what’s your name from which immediately follows, “what school did you go to?” Of course being at a non exclusive establishment open to private and state educated pupils, there needs to be a way of separating people out again but it’s not about how good your school was, it is definitely just which one it was- well that is certainly true for Bristol

  • Laszlo

    Got to say this is very much Poe’s Law in effect: I’m not entirely convinced this is a serious article.

    If it is though, I’d just like to point out a couple of pretty ironic statements in the article.

    1. “but that’s life”

    If that was true then you wouldn’t need to write this article. If the hierarchy of schools is something that can’t be changed, then why do you feel the need to defend it?

    2. “You don’t get something for nothing.”

    Except you have. As you yourself said, your parents paid for your education for you.

  • You aren’t even posh becca

    You can hardly complain about being on the receiving end of ‘posh predjudice’ when you went to the least ‘rah’ private school in England.
    No one would know you paid for an education, you sound and dress like a chav.
    What would you know about having a proper public school name over your head the whole time.
    Think how poor folk who were unfortunate enough to go to the major public school, eton, feel when someone jokes about caviar and champagne on the gap yah.
    Eton is a world renowned name that one can hardly escape easily, the only way to show you’re not a posh, condescending dick is just to be a genuine human being with a sense of humour and prove them otherwise.

    The way not to do it is by writing a terrible article in the tab.

  • Mr.T

    As much as I do agree, private schools do maximise their student’s potential through better quality teaching and spoon feeding. that’s what you’re paying for. but wow, this author has her head so far up her own arse she can see out of her mouth.

  • your mum

    you actually wonder what goes through someone’s head when writing this…did you really think people were going to comment like ‘yeah..i really agree with you’

  • jim bean

    You’re the kind of person that doesn’t own a sleeping bag

  • Naive hipster kid

    woah! Controversial, edgy. You should stop having opinions and join me and my hipster friends. You know it’s cool to dress poor these days? Let’s renounce our privilege, get matching funky coloured jumpers, that are 3 sizes too big, from a charity shop and drink red stripe in a hovel in Stokes croft.

  • Lol

    What about those who could afford to go to private school but chose not to?

  • Lucian of Samosata

    You’re a dirty slag and your public school money went to waste.

    Clearly you’re too thick to intelligently circumnavigate this sensitive topic.

  • J

    You went to a private school and the best you could manage was Bristol?

    Talk about low achievement.

  • http://facebook UWE State School Pikey

    Private school aye? Surely your parents would choke on their Foie Gras, if they knew you had shortened Rebecca, to ‘Becca’. Tut tut.

  • Some guy

    In my honest opinion.
    I think more or less all schools are the same.
    Honestly from this article you said Private School gets into better jobs is this because of you being capable or you just got really good social relationships?

    Heck you can be home taught and probably get even better result if your parents was capable or at least knowledgeable to do it themselves.

    Then again we are all just sheep following another sheep that follows a different sheep.

    Is results that important? Unfortunately it is but is it a good indicator to how good a person traits are? Hard to tell.

    In the end it doesn’t really matter if you went to private school or just a normal school. You just get taught some form of knowledge and use it to answer questions and probably never use it again. In the end you probably just have a bit more knowledge than the average person.

  • Ellie

    I can’t speak for Becca, but not all of us left private school with an A* in ignorance and B+ in polo…. A handful of us turned out normal, would you believe it.

  • Anon

    I think this article was written to wind people up.. Nobody this stupid is able to work the internet.
    If this were real, I’m confident that this ‘becca Atkinson’ would never be employed by anyone with any moral grounding. Good luck to you, ‘Oxford reject’.

  • CamStudent

    I really didn’t see the point that article, it just went round in a circle. You said it was no easier for you to get in, but then listed the good things about private school that gave you an advantage. If something gives you an advantage in an academic sphere it must therefore make it easier for you to get in, and following what you yourself said it is hard to avoid this conclusion. What made you think writing this article was a good idea?

  • DOGE

    Such contradiction, much ignorance, wow.

  • GeordieRocketScientist

    Schools have nothing to do with how hard you work thats down to you.
    I know too many people who went to the most expensive schools in the country and are now doing degrees that won’t help them get a job or even continue on to university at all. I went to a horrible comprehensive school and was a little terror as a kid myself. Now I’m working hard towards an aerospace engineering degree at one of the top engineering universities in the country. Money didn’t buy that education, hard work and intelligence did so take your futile attempt at journalism and your pretentious, spoilt attitude and place it firmly up your own behind.
    How dare you compare the dislike of posh brats like you to the prejudice of racism or homophobia.
    I don’t think any one has ever been whipped, jailed or killed for attending to the most expensive school money can be!
    Nobody feels sorry for you because you grew up with a silver spoon lodged in your throat.
    Becca Atkinson you need to step into the real world because unless you expect to live off money from Mummy and Daddy all of your life, reality is going to hit you like a freight train after university.

  • Basim

    I’m still trying to find a sentence written in very small font which says “This article is purely satire.” : /

  • iLoveExeter

    the fact you said cleverer proves that your public school education really didn’t work.

    ps Yes i go to exeter, so i don’t really care about bristol, we’re better at everything

    • hastag

      this is so true

  • Londoner

    Not for anything, but Bristol University is actually brimming with Oxbridge rejects.
    Your private school education can’t be that great. £12,000 a year not that well spent clearly, in my opinion.

  • Nahhh

    I went to private school and there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a school. school is where you learn and you meet people, and that’s how it should be. It’s when people come out of school with these ridiculous views that makes me embarrassed about my education (and I don’t want to be – I loved school) I didn’t chose for my education to be the way it was and neither did you, so get off your high horse and let’s all get along

  • Nick McGee

    Article is clearly intended to provoke. But that doesn’t obscure the fact that as a service provider, private education offers far more. Whether that’s fair or not is irrelevant. Black and white which offers the better service is clearly the private schools. I understand it may be the same curriculum but fact of the matter is if it was so similar, why do people fork out so much for these schools.

  • Micheal Gove

    I think I’m in love with you

  • jack

    Independent schools only benefit the average student who bumps up from a C grade to a B grade, usually because it is their teacher who writes the paper. Students who get A’s and A*’s will do so at whichever school they attend. The fact people try to compare each other purely on the type of school they attended is ludicrous.

  • old alleynian

    “This may be because the students who go there are cleverer”

    Please do not bread

  • MDMA

    Please snort some of me, before resorting to so much hate.

  • Grammer skool Boi

    Clearly an article intended to provoke by someone so far up their own arse they can’t look into the real world to see the truth. Obviously very few, if any, students choose whether they are privately educated or not, but clearly if they are lucky enough to have been so they should be aware of it; being so stuck up as to believe they have worked as hard as someone with far fewer advantages (as the author seems to) is absurd and frankly shows immense ignorance. I was lucky enough to be brought up in Kent, and I passed my 11+ (or, sorry, ‘Kent Selection Test’) to go to one of the best grammar schools in the area and I will be hugely grateful for the rest of my life for the advantages that gave me, and I am under no illusion that I would not be at Bath University studying what I am without it. Incidentally, I have found private school students struggle when placed in a cohort with state educated pupils as they have often (no, not in every case) been coached to pass exams, be that coaching for the 11+ in prep schools or A-levels in public schools/minor private schools. I have no issue with parents sending their kids to private schools, it is their prerogative and clearly every parent will want what is best for their child, but the system should not allow this. If grammar schools, or a more thought-through system of schools catering to the different needs and abilities of individual students was rolled out across the country rather than in a few select areas (often areas with high house prices effectively barring those from less affluent backgrounds entry to grammar schools anyway) then I feel many of the imbalances in the current education system would be eradicated. Yes, there are problems (the idea of deeming a child a failure at age 11 is obviously appalling) but the one-size-fits-all, socialist, ‘everyone’s a winner’ attitude of the current education system is far, far worse.

  • Annoyed

    As much as I don’t agree with the article posted above, people apply prejudices to private school pupils and state school pupils when the actual children had no (or little) choice in how they were taught. I have had to ditch the silly accent private school gives you just so people will stop writing me off in the first few seconds of talking to them, all I had to say was “Hello” in some cases or they looked at how I dress which reflects my surroundings as I grew up and labeled me a “posh toff”!!! I mean does it really matter where we all came from? How short sighted do you have to be in order to care?! I don’t look at people by how they speak or dress or how they were educated, if anyone did you would get nowhere in life and it is just another form of discrimination. It doesn’t matter who you are doesn’t matter your background, race, colour or creed treat everybody with the same respect you would like to receive yourself. We are all at university, nobody sat through all those a-levels at private or state school handing us answer sheets. We all sat the same exams we all did the same long hours of revision!!!! This whole thing is something that shouldn’t exist because on either side if you are thinking one is better then you have just missed the point that it just doesn’t matter, be friends talk about the others experiences and learn from each other!

  • A Northerner

    Unless you personally put yourself through private school it’s all a moot point, because otherwise it something that is out of your control. It’s not an indication of how much your parents treasure you, it’s just luck of the draw, as is the education you receive whether private or state. As it happens I went to a state school, and it ranks above the local private school. Just good fortune I got in, nothing more or less, and it’s certainly no indication of how my parents view me. I also like to think since they do pay taxes (shocking I know), they did in fact contribute.

    That aside, you may have to use those private school connections since god help you if a potential future employer decides to google and finds this attached to your name. Particularly the part where you in all seriousness compare ‘posh prejudice’ to racism and homophobia.

  • Anonymous

    Were all writing this from the point of view of someone who is at a top university, whether we came here from a private or state school. I myself spent a few years at a top grammar school and then a few more in the scummiest comprehensive you can imagine.

    We’re neglecting to account for the huge numbers of intelligent, hard working people who never went to university. In my school, you really were expected to fail. They spent more time making sure you were able to get menial jobs straight after than encouraging you to continue education.

    I have many friends who were totally capable of attending top universities (many more than me) but never even considered that they could and are now working very hard at coffee shops and call centres just to stay afloat as they do not have the luxury of parental financial backing.

    I think what private schools offer over facilities and the like is a self confidence in the individual, misplaced at times. Education is not just a right, the luck of the birth draw should not have any impact on the opportunities of our children.

    More than anything I feel sad for humanity as it has lost countless clever students who could have achieved so much but were lost in a system which pushes wealth and status over intelligence and contribution.

    And also just to not feel left out…god, what a prick

  • Jack

    And some people can’t afford private education, our parents pay tax for schools too, you bring the so called prejudice upon yourself by writing drivel like this without care for anyone in a less fortunate situation than your spoilt self, i’d much rather have gone to my state school, lived in my council house, study at southampton uni and not have this mind frame

  • J

    This article just highlights the main problem with private schooling; you end up with a horribly skewed view of the world.

  • Pleb

    Sorry for your stupidity.

  • http://dunno Ina Kamoze

    All this article has proved to me is that students from private schools are extremely narrow minded

  • Anonymous

    This makes me embarrassed to have gone to a private school! No wonder we get such a bad name for ourselves

  • Two things

    1. Most private schools are charities which are entitled to many tax exemptions, so if anything everybody else is paying for your benefit.

    2. Gutted for spunking all that money away and still not making the cut for Oxbridge.

  • Daniel Doran

    If private education was as good as you say then you would have been informed enough to not write this article.

  • Anonymous

    Whilst your parents were paying for your education, mine were paying for holidays. You might know all you need to know when it comes to subject intelligence but travelling broadens the mind and you learn more from experiencing things rather than learning about them. I have also had many jobs whilst you live off of mummy and daddys money, so I actually have more life skills than you.

  • Miss State

    So wish I could have gone to private school, because then I might be cleverer. Oh wait, maybe I’d be smarter. I’m not sure because I went to state school.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah it’s a real shame my parents were too preoccupied spending their money on ‘flashy holidays and expensive cars’ to afford me a private school education. Because, after all, that is how it works…

  • Tiffany

    Disappointed by this article.

    I went to a private school and am very glad I did so, but my parents didn’t send me because of the excellent equestrian facilities?! The person who wrote this is not helping with the private school stereotype that we are all affluent arseholes.

    I was hoping for some more about the style of education or the science facilities or something, not how privately educated students are ‘born leaders’. Haa, what?!

    Perhaps you need to abandon your stables for an hour or two and visit the local plebs to get a taste of real hard work and decent personality.

  • Anonymous

    Terrible title, poorly researched…..where do I start! The writer is clearly drawing on the stereotypes and cliches of the so-called state/private school divide. When I was at secondary school I had no idea that I was at a ‘state’ school. I went to a welsh language school and we had small classes, excellent teachers, excellent exam results (some of the best in Wales). I am now studying for a PhD. Money might buy you ‘contacts’, but it certainly does not buy you intelligence. You complain of ‘posh prejudices’, but you are simply fueling these prejudices by writing rubbish like this. Ofnadwy!

    • Anonymous

      Na phoener: dwi’n mynd i sgwennu un o rhein am sud ma ysgolion cyfrwng Gymraeg yn well. ;)

  • Heather

    “Some parents choose to spend their money on school fees and some spend on flashy holidays and expensive cars.”… “Parents change catchment areas to get their children into the best state school, or lie about their religion.”

    Both these things require money and social mobility. SOME parents can’t afford expensive cars, to change their catchment area OR to pay for their children’s education.

    The author seems to think the majority of people in this country are affluent enough to do one of the above.

    Maybe private schools get you better grades but this article proves that they also keep people within the same privileged circle and leave them unaware of the real world around them.

    Which type of education is better? one which gives you good grades and nothing else? or one that also gives you common sense and an awareness of the REAL world that you have to live in after leaving institutionalised education. I’d always pick the latter.

  • Anonymous

    What a deluded article. I can’t even be bothered to say anything else. Deluded.

  • Onlooker

    I am looking forward to the day when the person who wrote this article is a serious journalist and is horrified by her immature, ill-informed opinion at this age and will probably lose all of her professional credibility.

  • Rachel

    It never fails to amaze me how deluded the rich are and what a shocking sense of entitlement they have.
    If you can come out with an apolitical comment, lacking in historical, global or economic understanding, like this “Yes, it may be unfair that being able to pay upwards of £12,000 a year in fees entitles you to a better education, but that’s life. You don’t get something for nothing” then perhaps private education isn’t as good as they think?!

  • The Economist

    The only ounce of sanity I retained after having wasted 30mins on this page is owed to a renewed admiration for the online community’s capacity to ‘diss’ this dumb author in such varied and creative ways… bravo (nearly) everyone!

  • http://molly.com Molly Kinnaird

    i’m so cool private school is so good

  • Anonymous

    Twat

  • Laura

    May as well have just said ‘Mummy and Daddy pay for everything, I havent got a fucking clue about the real world’…

  • Francis Boullé

    Morning chaps.

    Can’t seem to get my head around why this article is receiving so much bad press. I mean, really, if you want to get into the diamond industry, a first-rate education is just the ticket.

    See you on set on Monday Becca darling.

    Toodles x

  • Michael Naughton

    This is quite frankly a disgrace. I may put this is in the CJS unit for next year as an example of all those poshos out there that don’t understand the common people (yes I do love Pulp before you say)

  • Must be a joke

    I really hope this is a article’s purpose was to drive traffic to this website, how else would it be sprinkled in satire; “This may be because the students who go there are cleverer”.

    If not it is a disgusting piece of journalism and you should probably find a new career path.

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar

    I really hope this is a article’s purpose was to drive traffic to this website, how else would it be sprinkled in satire; “This may be because the students who go there are cleverer”.

    If not it is a disgusting piece of journalism and you should probably find a new career path.

  • anon

    Am I the only one that thinks that no matter how (very) misguided this article is, the author has now taking enough stick that she is probably feeling very stupid and regretting voicing it. Should it not be removed as this is effectively turning into cyberbullying?

  • HVR

    I understand what Becca is saying. I also grapple with a nauseating sense of entitlement based upon parental decisions over which I had no input. I meet other people who also got into Bristol despite not having the same luck that I did, many with higher grades than me, and I can’t help feeling that they got into Bristol because their parents lied about them being a Jedi. But even then, I still can’t bring myself to make a moral judgement about other people based on their parents’ income…

    Oh wait, I’m a world-class asshat!

  • gagan

    Just to clarify.. you said in the end that you would ‘rather my parents paid for my education than resorted to such dishonest tactics’ so what you are implying is that other parents who cannot fund their kids to private schools are using dishonest tactics to attack the fact that your parents can fund you for private school??? How about thinking from their point of view maybe they cant actually afford to send kids to private school..and where do you find these relative sources that these ‘Dishonest tactics’ are actually being used!! Kids that go to private schools have a high tendancy of being arrogant and selfish pricks if you ever compared them to kids that go to non private school…you want my evidence of that??? Ladies and Gentlemen lemme present you the Author of this article…the arrogant prick!! Period

  • Are you kidding

    This is an incredibly ingranant article nobody went to a bad state school because they or their parents wanted them to, they went because they simply couldn’t afford to go to a private one. This attidude of rubbing in peoples faces that you had better opertunities given to you because your parents are rich rather than any personal merit is exactly why posh prediduce exists. Of course I know that a private education would have given me better chances in life by sadly it wasn’t an option but thanks for pointing that out.

  • Price charles

    I like the part where you seemed to state it was a choice for parents between funding their childs private education and going on holiday. serious ignorance about wealth <3

  • LSEstudent

    I am a student at the London School of Economics, although surprisingly I attended a rather poor state school.

    I personally feel that I had a much harder time getting to where I am now than many of the privately educated students on my course. I don’t think you can really make a comparison between achieving A*’s in a competitive environment, with good teachers, where getting high grades doesn’t automatically lead to bullying, to the experience many people have at state schools.

    I worked extremely hard for my grades and I’m afraid that judging on work ethos now at one of the top universities, it was and is much harder than those with a private school education.

    If, however, I am faced in the future with the choice between sending my children to a private or a state school, I will be sending them down the road to their local comprehensive.
    State schools nurture better communication skills and prepare young adults for the ‘real world,’ that I’m pretty sure Becca has never experienced.

  • Fabian

    Darling, I just chundered everywhar reading this

  • My daddy needs a bigger bonus

    Oh please, we don’t pay for private education to get a better education, that’s a mere perk of the system. I was under the impression the purpose was to avoid socialising and interacting with the degenerate, common, population of our country.

    Gotta go slaughter some foxes now, and maybe a council housed boy if we’re lucky. toodle-pip.

  • Hoorayfortherich

    A future as a Daily Mail columnist awaits you!

  • Josh

    I totally disagree with this.

    At secondary school level, I was offered to apply for a scholarship at Gordonstoun, which was around a princely, and quite frankly a ridiculous sum of £180k (£60k/y)for the 2/3 years I would’ve spent there.
    I of course declined to even attempt to apply for the scholarship as well, it must have ranked within the worst for results. Around 50% graduated with 3/4 A levels A-C.
    Whereas I went on to a state sixth form in which 99% of students passed their A-levels, whereas Gordonstoun boasted a paltry 72% at the time.
    Clearly, whilst I must admit private schools probably often have a better teaching standard, the simple assumption that they are better is wrong.
    The article is heaving with opinion and bad journalism.
    “Private schools have better prospects/facilities/results”, there is no evidence you have given, so why should I believe you?

  • Anonymous

    You’re at the University of Bristol which comprises, what… 70% or more state educated students?

    Money well spent genius

  • Down the left and poor!

    This is why people dislike private school pupils. You’re reinforcing negative stereotypes which often apply to boarding schools and simultaneously looking like a terrific cunt.

  • George Digby Bartholemew-Sandringham

    This all reminds me of the at Eton when I shagged my Latin teacher in the stables. Mrs Humphrey-Basildon was her name. I was wearing nothing but my tailcoat and garters. She kept shouting “velox”. Anyway, in the end Bertie heard us and decided to join in…splendid jumper was Bertie, 18 hands!

    That’s what I call “one-on-one attention”.

  • Ed Balls

    Ed Balls

  • Artemis Craker-Horton-Worthington-Piper

    Now look here, I went to private school, and quite frankly I don’t see any issue with some people having far more money than others. Maybe my parents did work hard to earn it (they didn’t, its old money) so I don’t see why they should be stingy with it. They spent it on a good education for me, a yacht and a stable full of polo ponies. And why shouldn’t they! As has been obviously pointed out, those who are intelligent get more money, and can spend it on improving their childrens intelligence. Now as it happens, I do struggle, with no student loan or grant, and the fuel for my Rangie is astronomical! So all you jealous state school people out there, I would just like you to know that life isn’t always easy for us just because we have lots of money.

  • Anonymous

    attention seeking

  • Unbelievable!!!

    How DARE you compare homophobia and racism to being privately educated. A discrimination that you might endure from having such a privilege is not one that could be so extreme that you undergo abuse or one that could even end your life. Many homosexuals and races have been subjected to extreme levels of discrimination over the years and I don’t see a privately educated moron like you getting violently abused for your education.

    I personally have an issue with private education. If a parent can provide it for their children then any good parent would do so. But it is not right when gifted individuals can not be exposed to such an education because of financial constraints. Why should money determine our outcomes? Why should someone who can simply afford their good education achieve their university goals, when someone who may have missed their goals because they couldn’t afford such a good education? Your basically saying you deserve to be in university because you can afford the education to get here. That is wrong.

    Whats more of a shame is when people like you who have supposedly had a better education, write absolutely infuriating pieces of rubbish like this. You give a bad name to Bristol university, privately educated individuals and to society as a whole.

    I am ashamed to be in a university where people like you write things like this. It embarrasses me.

  • bossman123

    and what do you think those of us who achieved A*s and As in our A levels, are at top universities, regularly beat top private schools on the sports fields and paid £0 and 0 pence to attend school? (up RGS High Wycombe)

  • Ian Watkins

    kids is kids…..dunt matter wot schools they went to in my opinion, (preferably, pre school)

  • Shocked

    that this article was even published..

    Tab editors, y u no doing your job?

    • http://kirsty.asher@gmail.com K

      You only have to look at the volume of comments to see why the editor decided to run this.

      This is probably exactly the response they wanted.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with getting a training contract love

  • Sophie F

    I didn’t realise “cleverer” was a word?
    Then again, who am I to say that, I went to a state school.

  • Peter

    Must be pretty annoying to spend that much money on a private education and still not get into Oxbridge..

  • Clare

    Are you kidding me with that picture of a state school?

  • Real Public School Student Laughing

    Becca, darling! Feel you have rather shot yourself with a 12 bore through your hunter wellies and right though that foot! £12,000 a year school feels? You clearly didnt go to a ‘real’ public school – unless you meant that was the price per term?! I feel sorry for you, Rebecca. God only knows what kind of awful facilities and teaching you must have had at one of those ‘discount’ pubby Schools! They’ve got to make those cuts somewhere, you know!

    Dont be hating bexxy, ladies and gentles! She had it just as shabby, in my not-so-humble opinion.

    Good job in getting into Bristol!

    • Anonymous

      hahahahahha

    • Mycroft Holmes

      Dare say you have a good point there. What Are private schools coming to these days? Mother would never put me into ‘cheap’ private school education like hers. Probably why Ms. Atkinson felt frustrated and needed to brag about it in a shoddy web article.

  • Vetran of both

    Having been to both I can see the good and bad of both systems. I actually received better support within the private school, yet the teaching was below the standard of the state school I went to first.

    In the end I worked my arse of to get into Newcastle Uni and have done that more off my own back than anything, although it is difficult to direpute the fact that on the whole private schools do have better facilities than state schools becuase of the funding. That is just a fact, doesn’t make you anymore or less clever!

    Look at Prince Harry – had the best education money could buy, still only managed 2 A-levels, yet he seems pretty down to earth and socailly able. So it is just down to the person and what they make of the situation they are in, more so than what money is thrown at them.

  • Nick Clegg

    I agree with David. I’m all for fairness. The more money you have the fairer life is!

  • http://No Dovcoque

    I went to a private school and used to feel ashamed about it. Now every success I have I downplay in my head because I know that if I had the misfortune of going to a bad state school I would not have got good grades and probably would have gotten expelled. The only reason I persisted with my school was because I knew how much money my parents were forking over for it. Private schools shouldn’t exist, they are unfair and thats the truth.

    That all being said the standard of education in state schools is so bad (from what I hear) I think private schools should only be abolished when the standard of education in state schools is increased to a point that is close to or excells that of private schools.

    Good education is the most blessed thing someone can recieve and I’m thankful for my parents for giving it to me and for the good teachers (not the arrogant nazi-uniform ones who were the kind of peopel who wrote this article) for educating me.

    • Anon

      Not unfair at all.

  • Lipton

    Private schools make you fat

  • Astounded

    Seems like the only thing private school has done for you, Becca, is that it’s turned you into a grade A cunt.

  • Not an elitist cunt

    Well…yeah, if you dish out money for your education it’s probably going to be fantastic. People don’t disagree about that. What they do disagree about is the unfair, elitist, bullshit fashion where the rich get the better education because they’re rich. The unashamed selfish disregard for inequality in this article is repulsive, but totally expected from a shit publication like the tab.

  • Grammar School Student

    We’re better than all of you.

  • Red Hill Comp

    Becca Atkinson, having gone to a state comp and now soon to graduate with a first class degree and a graduate job lined up I can safely say: I am infinitely better than you could ever be xx

  • Jordan Reed

    I just want to say that whilst studying my A-levels I was able to take physics and chemistry and Merchant Taylors (a private school for boys) and hated it so much I moved schools. Now I’m studying biochemistry at the University of Sheffield, its a very prestigious department and one of the best in the country. My family is a typical working class family, you don’t need money for a good education, you just need motivation and hard work. that’s all you ever need, because if you’ve got that, no one can tell you what you can and can’t do.

    She mentions her parents paid for our education through taxes, is she not aware that under our conservative government it is the poor and working class that have been forced to pay more through taxes?

    Yes she has money, but she also has a shit personality and a prejudice mindset against the poor that ultimately is going to limit her success in the future. So much for “posh prejudice” this is outrageous and a disgusting attitude towards the working class, education is a right not a privilege, thus should be available to everyone at the same level regardless of wealth and financial background. Rant over

    • Anonymous

      Oh look an opportunity to blame David Cameron- shut up.

      • Anon

        if you want go and look at the figures, most of the laws passed under David Cameron have made the poor poorer and the rich richer.

        Why dont you have a look at http://www.parasite-street.co.uk, i think you’ll find the part where it says the new tax-evasion law will allow 99% of current tax-evasion schemes to continue is very interesting. Again, feel free to look for further proof of this yourself :)

  • Confused Pigeon

    I went to a top grammar school and a private school. I have one confuzzled identity.

  • http://www.apunintended@blogspot.com APunIntended

    Well this article and it’s comments are hilarious.

    • hahaha

      I cringed reading this.
      I’m at Oxford, after going to a state school, and can safely say that if people think you bought your way into bristol, you must be bloody dumb as exemplified by the badly written, ignorant and narrow minded article.
      Money may have got you a private education but it didn’t buy you culture or class. u r NOUVEAU RICHEEEEEEEEE bitchhhh

  • Troy Dion

    I have no doubt in my mind that I would have benefitted amazingly from a private education. However it comes at the price of being emotionally and socially stunted and puts you in a priveleged position so far removed from ordinary life that you can’t come to understand what it means to be a normal contributing member of society. Being wealthy does not excuse you from the responsibility of caring about your fellow humans. If anything you are in the unique position of being able to aleviate some of the unnecessary suffering in the world. To act like you have been dealt a bad hand is completely selfish and moronic. Clearly there are things you can’t learn at private school.

  • Normal person

    It is ironic how you comment on ‘posh prejudice’, whilst you demonstrate the typical ignorant characteristics of a stereotypical posh person.

    I went to a state school and sixth form. I got straight A’s at both levels, and I am now at a top UK university in my masters year. So basically, I got to where you are for free. And I’m not an ignorant bint.

    So you could argue your parents should have spent the money on an expensive car or holiday, instead of wasting it on you.

  • Gareth

    Undoubtedly my favourite part in this thoroughly entertaining comedy piece was the private schools come with stables and squash courts and this makes them leaders line. I’m pretty sure those arent team sports love. Though I’m sure you can lead a horse beautifully

  • Jasmine Nisic

    There’s no doubt that private schools provide a better education but I personally don’t understand how, because I was unfortunate to have a single parent on a low wage why my education should suffer? Yes I’m certain my mum would have paid the tuition fees for a private education but that’s just not the case. But I find it unfair how I had no option but to attend an under achieving school because of the area I lived in, where my grades suffered because of bad teachers and poor resources. Fortunately because I’m bright I got myself into one of the best colleges in this country and now I’m at university on the same course as those who had a private education. So I understand those at private schools sat the same exams but at the same time I had a part time job and spent extra time teaching myself from books and my own resources to make up for the poor quality education I received. The problem here is that the government doesn’t recognise the children that suffer and think it’s acceptable to allow a two tiered education system which once again divides the rich from the poor.

  • Anon.

    This is probably the worst article I’ve seen in some years, and the author should feel (though I seriously doubt such self-awareness is far beyond their reach) ashamed of their sheer snobbery. The fact that private schools are better is not up for debate; demonstrably they are better. What is up for debate is whether only the children of rich people deserve to be educated to a high standard and enjoy the benefits thereof, creating crushing cycles of either wealth or poverty which survive generation upon generation. Clearly you feel that because your parents are wealthy, you are somehow more intelligent and/or worthy of education, a sentiment flagrantly contradicted by your deeply regrettable writing style. To have such a voice defending institutions such as this, in which education and influence is further concentrated into the hands of the rich, is absolutely mortifying.

  • Vice Chancellor

    Very disappointing article, shame on you rebecca

  • Stateschooler19

    You truly are a pretentious twat! State schools may not have the resources of private institutions but I can assure you, the students are just as capable. The beauty of the state system is that I don’t have to deal with absolute bellpieces like you on a regular basis, so I think we win.

  • Holly

    This article is a lot of rubbish basically. I have been in state schools for my whole education and I’ve achieved good results without having to fork out tens of thousands of pounds. My state school doesnt have a uniform and we get judged as being a “chavvy” school because several people wear tracksuits. I go to James Gillespies and it is one of the top performing state schools in Scotland as is its neighbouring school Bouroughmuir. Just because your parents could afford to send you a private school doesnt make your education better nor does it make you a better person. State school children do have to work harder than private school ones around 90% percent of the time because the universecity looks at which school you went to and it heavily influences the decision they make about who to accept into the universecity. The majority of private school children I have met are very big headed and their school seems to put it into their heads that they are better than others because they happened to be born into a wealthy family. This article doesnt even look at both sides of the argument and doesnt even give statistics showing that every private school performs better(which they dont by the way).

  • The Elite

    95% of my friends at Cambridge went to private schools, and I am sure 99% of those will get a better job than those who did not

  • john

    This is an infantile and contradicting article, written by someone who has not had the pleasure of experiencing real financial hardship. Agreed, private schools offer far better facilities and education, and agreed private school children have to work just as hard to get their grades as anyone else. But, to then boast about – it’s not what you know but who you know’ (although unfortunately entirely true), knowing that this immediately excludes anyone from a poorer background is pathetic. I have been to both a private school and state school, people should be judged on their individual achievements. This is a flippant article, written by a self satisfied ignoramus who seems to promote the divide between the wealthy and poor. One day she will grow up.

  • Straights A’s

    For those that went to a state school and thought that they have got good grades and have done well. Just imagine what you could have achieved if your parents had invested in your education properly and sent you to a private school which care about their students and support them with everything.

    • Underachiever

      Thank you Ass Hat, I’ll be sure to ask my parents why they so callously sent me to a state school. Why didn’t they invest properly in my education by sending me to a school where narrow-mindedness like yours is carefully nurtured? They must not love me as much as yours do.

      Imagine if I hadn’t gone to a state school. I might’ve achieved straight A grade A-levels, gone on to get a first in History at a university that was top 10 for that subject, then a masters, and I might now, less than three years after graduating, be doing incredibly well in my work life and – most importantly – personal life.

      Oh wait.

    • Normal person

      Yes, and I’ll be sure to ask my parents who earn less than private school fees why they didn’t invest.

      Some people don’t have stupid amounts of money, did they not teach you that in private school?

      My parents have supported me through ways other than financially, and that is all I would ever ask for.

  • Tim Nice-But-Dim

    ‘From my perspective my parents paid two sets of school fees, mine at a price I won’t disclose, and yours, through their taxes.’

    WHAMMY!

    PS twelve thou p/a? Where did you go – a bloody day school?

  • Pikawho?

    Id rather not bore everyone with how this article is, in my personal opinion, the work of a pathetic wannabe reporter looking to stir up some controversy because they aren’t smart enough to write a real story. So I will instead just refer to the author as a jizz tissue and move on with the days events

  • Anon.

    This article and its author are completely deluded.
    “in my opinion posh prejudice is just as bad as racism or homophobia”

    Are you serious? Do you understand the unfathomably gross error of judgement you have made here? Are you trying to be deliberately divisive (this is the Tab after all…)?

    How dare you trivialise the experiences of victims of racism and homophobia. How dare you compare the niggling feeling you get when people begrudge you slightly for having been born into privilege which affords you every ease in life. What planet do you live on? Are you an alien? You are more out of touch with the world, and more importantly this country than the current government of similarly self-serving, self-congratulating swine who are continuing to cripple the poor and needy.

    How many people have suffered torrents of abuse, physical and sexual violence and or been killed because of their ethnic origin, sexual orientation and other various parts of their identity? This article is an absolute fucking disgrace. What chemical compound were you under the influence of when you wrote this complete and utter, self-pitying drivel in which you have compared your guilt to the VERY REAL oppression which people suffer from on a daily basis?

    It may well be about who you know rather than what you know, but what does that say of our education system, of our governmental system? Of the entire system in this country which privileges wealthy over poor simply because of the money in the pocket. You imbecilic, self-congratulating moron.

    A truly meritocratic society and system would have long since abolished private schools because they simply perpetuate a very narrow class of individuals success based upon that of their parents AND their children.

    You would have thought that the Private Education which you so seek to defend in this article would have made you realise how grossly unfair the system which you went through is.

    This article and its author are rotten to their very core. Frankly, I am disgusted.

  • Jealousy

    I feel a lot of jealousy coming out today?

    If somebody had written an article on state schools being better, I personally wouldn’t care.

    I think most private school students would just laugh it off and carry on with their lives.

    The reason this has sparked up such an outrage is because the truth hurts, and in this case it seems to hurt a lot!

  • StateSchoolPleb

    Amazing – comparing posh abuse to homophobia and racism – what an ignorant, stuffy madam!

  • Poor peasant

    For your next article you should point out that a £20,000 car is better than a £5,000 car. Or that a £10 piece of meat is better than a £5 piece of meat. Or that a £200 a night hotel room is nicer than a £50 hotel room. Or that… You see where I’m going. What a complete and utter waste of time this article is. Yes, private schools are better, that’s why you pay a lot of money for them. Excellent observation, genius.

  • Calum Bolwell-Williams

    I’ve attended both public and private schools, and although the opportunity for more one-to-one education is present in private education, I often found that the way in which education was delivered was old fashioned and very narrow minded.
    I believe the only social skills that private education breeds is a sense of undeserved superiority in regards to other people in public education.
    Finishing my school career in a public school made me a more well rounded individual, who is now more aware than ever of a variety of different class backgrounds, enabling me to be realise that just because my parents are successful, it doesn’t equate to me being successful.

  • Anonymous

    How dare you draw parallels with peoples justified accusations of extreme inequality to homophobia and racism. You obviously have no idea about the struggles these people face and it is disgustingly offensive. You are obviously a sheltered, privileged, naive person who has no idea about the world. Top class education yet you know nothing.

  • Connell Byrne

    It hardly takes a sharp mind to deduce that state schools are better. The issue is that the highest education should be available to all regardless of how lucky (and it is utter luck) they were to be born to parents of enough wealth to afford private education. In regards to the ‘I still hard to work hard to get grades’ position. True but you did have a huge advantage to start with. Getting straight A’s is easier at a private school due to its better facilities and teaching and thus, in my eyes and hopefully in the eyes of logical unbiased individuals, is less of feat than doing so in a state school.
    I could go on but I will refrain for now. I do you open your eyes up to world dear author but I guess you consider a gap-year in a third world country enough of the real world.
    Apologies for the sarcasm it’s hard to stop myself sometimes.

  • Sam

    I think it’s a shame that rather than being grateful for the undoubtedly fantastic opportunities you have been given in life, you consider yourself “better” than those less privileged than you. Exactly the sort of behaviour and arrogance that gives privately educated students a bad name. Thankfully, in my experience, many other students from private school don’t share your lack of appreciation or indeed your ignorance. Yes, I went to state school but I don’t feel like I’ve had a second rate education by any stretch, nor would I say that I’m underprivileged so please don’t make blanket statements about situations you have no knowledge of. I hope you read some of these comments and they change your self-righteous attitude.

  • Same School as this Fool..

    I know the school the writer went too – it looked like the second picture and there were certainly no stables..
    She´s not repping us very well here…

  • Grace

    Wow. Yeah, you just said that you are massively privileged and have all the advantages, (duh), and yet you seem to think you are subjected to prejudice and have it hard? No. Just no. You have life ridiculously easy, your parents have fixed that for you, and don’t say that you have to work just as hard as everyone else; you clearly don’t, you have life better than the vast majority of people, and you still moan? Check your privilege, seriously.

  • http://gadgetdwf@gmail.com Just No

    Wow. Yeah, you just said that you are massively privileged and have all the advantages, (duh), and yet you seem to think you are subjected to prejudice and have it hard? No. Just no. You have life ridiculously easy, your parents have fixed that for you, and don’t say that you have to work just as hard as everyone else; you clearly don’t, you have life better than the vast majority of people, and you still moan? Check your privilege, seriously.

  • poorperson

    why even bother writing this article? seriously, why waste your time in writing it just to put some people down who cannot afford to pay for private education – i do not understand your morals or thought process in writing this one bit.

  • Same School as This Fool

    I went to the same school as the writer and i can tell you it looked more like the second photo and certainly did not have stables…

    I don’t know where she thought us this article, but it defo wasn’t at our school. She is not repping us very well here…

  • Karl Marx

    u should never be able to reproduce u absolute cretin

  • Anonymous

    How have you culminated your argument by criticizing the 1% of people that ‘change catchment areas’ and ‘lie about their religion’?

    It’s actually quite reasonable for someone to argue that the money your parents paid for the attention and educational support you received at your school directly contributed to you getting the grade requirements to get into Bristol.

    What is your ‘but that’s life’ excuse about? This completely undermines everything… So what people are criticizing private school students… ‘that’s life’…

    Is it valid to argue that state school children that didn’t get a lot of attention at school but managed to lead their life on to success are more capable than a spoon-fed, docile private school child?

    Is it not unfair that an Etonian or Harrovian can get a great job in the future just through alumni connections rather than being the best for the job? Or is this another ‘but that’s life’ situation?

  • I would

    consider finding a new identity Becca Atkinson, because this article will haunt you from now until the day you climb into you pre-paid cryogenic coffin…

  • anon

    Surely anyone who is or has attended a state school is just as likely to recieve good grades as to those who went to private schools? This article angers me a little because she says that her parents payed for students in state schools education, but my parents worked their asses off everyday to keep a roof over my head and dinner on the table every night as well as their wages going towards my education through their taxes. I personally didnt get good grades in school but that was my own fault for not revising for exams but now in college Im an A* star student and have the chance to go to any university across the country because ive worked my ass of the last three years to be able to do so. So no, money doesnt buy you a good education over all, the student getting their head down, no matter the type of school, and doing anything possible to achive the highest grades possible gives you the possibilities to have the chance to go further in life.

  • Kwami Odoom

    I feel like this video is pretty relevant right now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9nYa7rQfpY

  • Cantab

    This person’s raving about how amazing her school was – can someone tell her she’s at Bristol?

  • Ben Quinn

    I attended a private school.

    This was due to applying for a state school, being rejected on the basis of location, and my 2nd, 3rd, 4th choices all rejected me because they were picked as 2nd, 3rd, 4th choices. The only state school I was viable for was Merrywood (which as you know is a hole, and closed down over 10 years ago).

    So I went to a private school, and my low income parents suffered to pay the fees (to which I’m grateful for). But this is what I saw;

    Pro’s;

    - Highly educated and experienced teachers who know a lot about the subject material and varied methods to help educate the students.
    - Good resources available for students (good gym, good textbooks etc etc)

    Con’s;

    - A subtle promotion of inequality based on prestige, monetary background and powerplay.
    - Teacher’s assisting in generating an atmosphere where sociopathic traits were more valuable than intelligence. Elitism of the morally corrupt.
    - A reward system only for those who assisted in improving the school’s prestige (through sports, arts and drama) and no rewards for the students who excelled at maths, science, history and languages.

    So what does this lead to, it creates a group of young adults, to feel that money and the ability to socially and physically overpower those with real intellectual talent is the goal.

    When I think of the divide of rich & poor, represented by this school system, I consider this thought;

    Is it fair in life, that those with real talent don’t have the same opportunities as the people who have no talent, but have money?

  • A Private Student

    I went to a private school and hated it, primarily because this person is the system’s chief export. Yes you get better facilities and attention, similar to the NHS/private healthcare issue, but the sense of entitlement is too overwhelming for words. This sense of entitlement, however, is not derived from the level of education itself, but from some other more insidious place- maybe the home, maybe just the fact that you pay. If a group of students paid £12,000 a year to go to a state school, I fervently believe that those people would hold the same beliefs exhibited above: ‘I pay more for this than the rest of you, ergo I am superior’. And the thing is, it almost got me too. My education was paid for by my late grandfather’s inheritance, and yet I started to look down on my friends who did’t go to private school, purely for that fact that they didn’t, even though they were just as bright as me. I moved to a state 6th form and loved every minute of it, the education wasn’t the best but it did the job, and the people everywhere were nicer. The true issue should be how to provide a better level of education across the board, rather than the privately educated getting better jobs, to afford to put their kids through private school and so on.

  • Anon

    I grew up below the poverty line, an only child with two disabled parents. I was ‘smart’ enough to get into the local girls grammar school and passed the tests, but parents couldn’t afford the fees and was refused a scholarship as i lived outside the catchment area so wen’t to the Catholic High instead which was a eight-point-odd mile round trip every day by bus. I was on free school meals and subsidised bus tickets, if i missed my bus or it didn’t come i walked the four-point-something miles home because the ticket was only good for that one bus. My birthday presents were a new pair of school shoes, uniform, books i wanted or winter coat. I am mixed race with a foreign last name, i look like i’m from the middle east and come from a city that is in the bottom three of the entire UK for education standards according to the latest reports. I worked myself almost to death, literally i was hospitalised once becuase my body couldn’t cope with the stress i was under, to get into a good college and my parents backed me 100% but i always thought that i coudn’t afford any more than that. When i used to go to careers advisors and say i wanted to go to university, they would take one look at me, mispronounce my last name and offer me an application form for the local supermarket. I did it all on my own, it wasn’t until i got to college which i had to do all the applications for alone (my parents tried to help but don’t understand the system and I could never get to see a careers advisor at school) by skipping meals at school (because the meal token didn’t actually cover the full cost of a school dinner so my parents gave me the extra and i saved that) and worked weekends to save the money to send the applications off while my parents scrimped and saved and waited for sales at clothes shops to buy me suitable interview clothes.

    I got into the University of Leicester, which was my first choice, based on the fact that I had more than 500 UCAS points by the time i finished my A Levels through sheer hard work that included inter-city bus rides every day to even get to class.

    I now work as many hours as i can fit in, recieve the NSA and still struggle to make ends meet. So don’t tell me you have it hard. If you’re struggling for money your parents can send you money. I have had my mother on the phone crying because I have been sick and needed prescription medication and she hasn’t had the money to send me to get it because I don’t know how to get the subsidy, can’t find the help and couldn’t afford to get a pre-payment card until i saved from my wages. Since I started University last year my mum has had four near death experiences due to her illness and my dad has had two breakdowns.

    I would take the life i have over being some posh little rich kid any day. I have empathy and decency and I don’t go around looking down on those who have it harder than me or pretending that somehow I have it hard. From the moment you stepped into your private school you had it all on a plate handed to you for the taking and you wasted it. Your writing style is atrocious and comprehension is so below par it should never have been published and that is before I even get started on the actual content. Private schools may be better but you are a disgrace, you had the opportunities and you didn’t take them. I have friends who’s parents gave everythnig to put them through private school, where school books and uniform were birthday presents any they’re not like you, they know how lucky they are and they wouldn’t dream of spouting rubbish like this article. If this article is any indication of your character and that has been affected in any way by the fact that you attended pivate school then you are the perfect advertsiment for a state education.

  • Voice of Reason

    A point that I’d like to make is, you’re at Bristol making it into the SAME university as people who have attended a State School, so how has going to a private school benefited your education that much?
    I don’t have anything against private education, what you choose to spend your money on is entirely up to you.
    There are also some benefits of private education, as you do tend to meet contacts in your areas of interest, and often good teachers are attracted to private school teaching for better pay etc.
    But I have also hears some STORIES, from some of my friends who have gone to private schools including student/staff affairs, which don’t get me wrong probably happen in state schools, but they seem much more common in private schools.
    I also think that it’s unfair to slate the state education system because I myself have done VERY VERY well through attending a fantastic state school. Furthermore, there are also students at private schools that become very complacent thinking their position in society means they do not need to work as hard as others, so fail to do so.
    The bottom line is, it’s MORE down to the student NOT the school how well they do, and how well they succeed in the future.

  • Dashman

    There is so much wrong with this article and it reeks of a misunderstanding of the education production function and how it transforms latent ability into results.

    Private students are oppressed and indeed do get a better quality of education and what this means is medium ability private students can perform as well as high ability state school students. The misunderstanding is – the potential of the high ability school students isn’t being reflected in their age 16 results. A few years in an elite institution can utilize this latent potential for these students and that is why the agenda has been to prioritize this subset of students.

    We want societies best and brightest to be given the appropriate skills – not just societies most affluent. Unfortunately due to these ‘Old boys networks’ even when the best state school students do make it through they are impeded.

    I find it funny you spoke of posh-prejudice whilst ignoring the corrupt, immoral posh-privilege of these networks that are designed to preserve unfair advantage of affluent children at the expense of the rest of the populous.

  • The author is talking utter crap.

    ‘Posh prejudice’ as bad as racism and homophobia. I think not. Not that most of you Private schoolers would know much about rascism as most of you are from the same white upper middle class background that think you are entitled to the world on a silver platter. ‘I worked just as hard to get my grades’. You slipped up there when you admitted your quality of education is better. you are spoon fed exam information, whilst the rest of us have to figure out what the hell the teacher is talking about amongst the chaos of the state school class room. With idiots disrupting lessons constantly etc. There is one thing we benefit from, we cant afford to have a coke problem ;). furthermore, its private schooled MP’s that dictate our education which they frankly dont give a toss about, as they obviously went to Eaton and their kid won’t have to experience it anyway.

    • anon

      how do you know? you havn’t been to a private school to judge the way of teaching. I went to a private school – this didnt mean I had great teachers – in fact I had a lot of awful teachers and self taught the majority of my a-levels. The main difference between my school and any else was the attitude of the majority of the students there as well as the environment I was studying in. There are many state schools with far greater facilities than my school and far more qualified teachers.

      • wanker.

        Funnily enough i did go to private school for a couple of years in primary schools my sisters went there for their whole lives. surprising that im at a top uni doing chemical engineering whilst they have achieved nothing.
        So yes i have experience both and i do not have a problem with private schoolers who aren’t complete cunts. I just don’t like having my education decided by some upper class twat like Michael Gove who has no Idea how to improve the state system having attended a very good private school.
        My Dad refused me funds to attend private school despite being able to afford it. I never understood why until now. It’s funny how my academics shit all over people who have a first class private education, who now study classics or some bullshit ‘ology’ at my university which frankly you can bullshit your way into. whilst i study a degree with one of the highest starting salaries, plus opportunities and jobs.

  • tommy

    Hahaha they £12,000 a year can’t teach you how not to be cunt then.

  • sarah stuart

    I went to a private school for 10 years, they were unable to notice I was dyslexic and would just tell my parents that I didn’t want to learn and I was unruly. My parents sent me to a state school who understood how to teach children with dyslexia. I’m now a researcher working for the biggest production companies. I don’t think people are prejudiced about the fact that you come from money, I just think they don’t like you because you sound mean.

  • State Schooled

    I think you may have missed your audience, as we all got into Bristol.
    This meant coming from a state school or not, we all reached the same grades. By saying that you have received a better education yet were still unable to better those with an inferior education surely you are suggesting you have underachieved?

  • Heisenberg

    Say my name.

  • Willhelm

    My main problem with the methods of private schools is that the teachers who work there don’t have to have the same qualifications as those who work at state schools.
    The funding is certainly better, so private schools have the upper hand on resources, but teachers without teaching degrees? Dat don’t sit well wiv me tho.

  • Becca Atkinson

    Silence plebs

  • The average person

    State school education allows you to appreciate the humble things in life, rather than purely basing pleasure on material gains.

  • Seriously?

    “Posh prejudice is just as bad as homophobia or racism” – at this point I felt this article had to be a parody. Apparently I was optimistic, I had believed that no one could be so oblivious to history as to make such a ridiculous attempt at an analogy, but apparently people like this do actually exist. There is a massive history of oppression relating to both racism and homophobia, and despite attempts to change legislation there are still inequalities that persist. The ‘posh’ in this country do not suffer from any similar oppression. In fact they are privileged in our society. In order to better yourself as a human being I would suggest you read up on the sociological definition of privilege.

  • StealthOnFridays

    sometimes I feel ashamed and embarrassed that, in my student house at the University of Nottingham, I share with 6 others, one of whom was not privately educated.

    I am comforted, however, by the fact that his family could have afforded private education, but in fact chose to send him to a Jewish school.

  • Nathan

    People need to realize what this article is truly about, not about how good those from private schools are but rather a compliment to those of us from public schools.

    The writer clearly tells us all how much better those from private schools are, how much extra they have received in both help, material gains and “social skills”, that which us public school lackeys didn’t. So if that is the case surely this is a glowing praise for those of us at Bristol from public schools, to of achieved the exact same in our education so far that we are on par with those from private schools. We have accomplished the same as the writer of this article but with so much less. This article is truly about those of us at Bristol who have gotten here with our own skills and not by being given everything in life with no perception on the true worth of things.

    I would like to thank the writer for such a glowing remark and would like to join her in congratulating those from public schools for being so much better and achieving the exact same as her with out paying tens of thousands of pounds .

    I hope she realizes that she has accomplished no more with her “superior” education than those who didn’t have it and I hope it hurts when she does so and knocks her down a few pegs.

  • Leah

    This is poor journalism, even for The Tab

  • Em. Barassed

    I’m genuinely embarrassed to have graduated from Bristol University after reading this.

    “I’d rather my parents paid for my education.” Luckily for you, they could afford to. It’s not that simple for the vast, vast majority of the people that you pass in the street.

    I take your point about the benefits that can exist to a well funded and expensive education, but you are coming across as a snob with a sense of entitlement born out of nothing more than the fact that your parents have done well for themselves. Learn some objectivity, this will hold you in very good stead for the remainder of your life.

    Also, as someone who writes for a living, you would do well to learn how to balance your articles better. Where in this article are there the drawbacks to a privately funded education? If you can’t see any, then that just underlines my previous point further.

    While state school educated people can have a chip on their shoulder as a result, which is not healthy, privately educated people cannot get away with this sort of bigoted and dismissive “journalism.”

    Do us all a favour and learn how to write in a more balanced way, where readers can come away with more then a sense of either “hurrah, hurrah” or “you idiot.” This only serves to further demarcate your readers into two tribes and does not achieve anything of any note.

    Tab – You’re not Vice magazine, so stop trying so hard to be.

  • Calum Mack

    To be entirely honest, I agree that many cases of posh prejudice are without cause or reason, but the pretentiousness of the woman who posted this, really only does herself and her point injustice. It does not matter what school you go to, its all down to yourself, whether that be working hard or slacking off, its up to you! I think you actually prove the point of others, by criticizing a schooling system saying yours is better, really embodies the opinion that posh people think they are better, which we all know is totally untrue.

  • Edward D

    “Whilst state schools may have netball courts and hockey pitches, private schools come with stables and squash courts. This attracts students who are dedicated to various sports, which makes them leaders and team players.”

    This is probably the most stupid thing I’ve ever read seeing as neither horse riding nor squash are collaborative team games that require strong leadership skills in the slightest UNLESS she means leading a horse around a paddock.

  • Dion Dublin

    This is laughably poorly written, and an utterly ludicrous sentiment. I hope this marks the end of your journalistic career.

  • Anonymous

    This is a truly embarrassing article written by someone who clearly has no experience of real life. All you have done is embarrass yourself and other private school students, its also badly written. Clearly you’re education wasn’t that amazing if you can’t even write a short article. I genuinely worry for how you will cope in the real world should you ever have to leave the island that your father probably owns.

    This is a great advert for state education.

  • UCL state school rag

    You need to get some perspective. That is something your private school education obviously did not help you achieve.

  • Private School Student and Incredibly Sorry to Read This Dribble

    There are a couple of things Becca Atkinson is (half) right about. I’ve deducted fifty per cent because she’s put down blanket assumptions on unfounded bias. It is not a universal that everyone would prefer a private to public school, nor that the mere fact of being private places the school in a special category.

    However, back to the small bit of sense this incredibly personally damaging piece of ‘journalism’ does have:

    1. Investing more money into resources, pay and facilities and attracting a group of wealthy individuals from ‘elite’ socio-economic backgrounds is likely, in the majority of cases, to produce an enriched educational experience.

    2. Thankfully corruption is low enough that just having money does not give you better grades; private school students do work just as hard to achieve their grades. ( Yes: They often have better support, expect better grades because it is the norm and are, at least in selective schools, likely to be surrounded by similarly driven and informed individuals who have high expectations in life due to their peer group and likely parental occupations. Teacher’s being paid more have a greater (and more personal) accountability to the school board and fee payers and therefore might be expected to ‘go the extra mile’ to justify their higher salaries and competitive nature of their job entitlement by providing a premium service. However, passion for teaching and educating that keeps outstanding teachers in the state sector is an obvious counterbalance but I can’t assume it equals or overpowers the market incentives in the first argument. I had some truly dreadful teachers in the private sector as well as incredibly motivating and challenging ones.

    3. When choosing how to spend your income; investing in your child’s best interest is probably your priority. If you’re taking £30,000k a year holidays and buying a Maserati but are sending your child to the worst performing school in the country and neglecting to impart them with life skills and opportunities in some other way then yes I agree, I feel sorry for their children.
    Becca Atkinson, I doubt you’ll find many people in this category. Either their children will attend a state school where they are excelling and there is no need to move them, or it would be financially impossible to afford the sort of school you and I had the priviledge of attending or finally they don’t share your vision of what successful is / their child excels outside of the traditional educational remit. You have no right to be so disdainful of parents who uproot their lives in the ways available to them to improve their child’s access to the best education.

    I’m exceptionally grateful my parents decided that despite having paid taxes they’d send me to a school where there was an exceptional dyslexia service, sporting and musical opportunities for me to enjoy; especially as the care I received there prepared me to succeed in getting a place at the best ranked school in the country (which incidentally due to its endowments enriches the school by providing 50% of pupils with financial support – ensuring the brightest of pupils and a diversity that might lack in a school unable to do so) where I received an education that has far outstripped the quality of the university education I am now receiving and am ever likely to encounter again.

    I’m ashamed that your bigotries tarnish the reputation of public school educated individuals and fuel, an unacceptable, ‘posh prejudice’ that I resent combating daily. I hope that all readers have the sense to realise this is an incredibly narrow view and is not representative of all privately educated people.

    Further to that apology – and I’d like The Tab to provide a response from someone with more sense (if anything for their future career prospects when this is dug up) – A couple of sensible recommendations that she could have drawn:

    Private schools, on average, through competition and monetary incentives, are driven to provide a premium service. Why is the UK not thinking of running a voucher system to prevent segregation of rich and poor (breading inequality and distrust on both sides), a brain drain of teaching talent to the private sector and import the best standards to state education rather than lamenting that the UK’s private schools provide a world renowned exemplary service and capitalising on that experience.

    • A reader

      *drivel

      • Anonymous

        thanks! So livid I can’t think straight

  • A very insightful video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBA3lUiophI

    Seems to cover up a lot of points made in this. Bear in mind that I think the author is off her rocker.

  • Hlucy

    I don’t have any prejudices against the rich or those who are privately educated, but I fundamentally disagree with the concept of paying your way into education. It is simply unfair and unjust that someone born into a wealthy family should be able to pay for a supposed ‘better’ education, and grow up in a system entirely separate from those who (through something totally out of their control) cannot afford it.
    My personal belief is that this education is not necessarily better than state education, but it is true that private education seems to allow much better access to top jobs, as you yourself state. However your use of this as an argument for private education baffles me – it is absolutely not a good thing that because of their wealth some people have a better chance of obtaining these jobs. Why should money ever be a bigger factor than capability? This elitism causes the gap between rich and poor to widen and widen, so that ruling elite runs the country (both in government and business) either intentionally in the interests of themselves and the class they come from, or unintentionally so due to the fact they have never encountered anyone from different backgrounds.
    As to your suggestion that ‘some parents choose to spend money on school fees rather than flashy holidays or expensive cars’, you are ignoring the fact that many if not most parents can afford neither.

  • Anon

    Three of my housemates at university attended private schools while i went to a state grammar. All of them payed thousands of pounds to get their education, unfortunately, these ‘born leaders’ have still failed to develop sufficient social skills with the opposite sex or understand what an honest days work is.
    Needless to say all three have no grasp of budgeting and on several occasions have been overdrawn and ‘made the call’ to have their bank accounts magically topped up with more pocket money.
    No, im not complaining about this, if anything i feel very sorry for those unfortunate enough to still be living out of their parents’ pockets.

  • YNWA

    Private schools aren’t all full of snobs, i went to a public school then a private in glasgow, alot of peoples parents can barely afford it but the issue isnt that private schools are better its that public schools are poorer and often have catchment areas to get to a good one, this means that its a good choice as a parent to send them to a school where its run more like a business so in that sense you do get what you pay for. there is a snobby element but most are just normal people, never been skiing parents dont buy them a car etc.. but the quality of private schools shouldnt be celebrated the public schools need to be better. i dont know why this article has put the title as private schools are better as for education they are obviously better that is why people still use them, some parents will use them for the status of a private school but most use it because it gives their kids a much better chance at getting the grades, none of this makes it fair as education should be universal and of a good standard for everyone alot of people who leave private school in my experience have less/different people skills and there sense of humour is different and they tend to be much more spoon fed as in they have been givin it easy so they can work within a curriculum and cant perceive outside of that bubble i know im doing the same as her in tarnishing everyone with one brush but in my experience its true, it also breeds an environment in which money is everything so all goals are along those lines. the arguement has too many implications to be discussed on a 400 word article, these tab things are normally shite

    • Anonymous

      Public school and private school are the same thing, numbnuts

      • Anonymous

        Public schools are more prestigious private schools. Private schools aren’t necessarily public schools, numbnuts

  • bringbackthatcher

    I didn’t need the tab to tell me this. Private schools can pay real salaries, state schools can’t. Pay peanuts, get monkeys.

    • Esmeralda Lenin Freewind

      This is everything wrong with the capitalist banking system that’s brainwashed our generation !

      • bringbackthatcher

        Calm down darling, it’s called reality. Anyone with a rational bone in their body would take Adam Smith over Lenin.

  • Lol

    Because a students’ dedication to sports is what makes parents cough up £12000 + a year for a private school education.
    Right…

    And so ‘since childhood’ they are leaders, leading- that’s right- other private school kids.

    I wish the nonsensical arguments were the worst part about this article.

  • Professor Pickles

    Third class degree, shame the same can’t even be said about this article.

  • Adam

    I went to a free grammar school and recieved an excellent education in a lovely historic building. The only difference between there and the private school 10 miles away was the absense of retarded snobs whose parents had no choice but to send them to a private school, along with the £18000 a year fees.

    Despite this, I do agree that private schools are much better than many state schools, primarily due to the large quantities of failing, mischievious, and badly brought up children in some schools, who may lead more able and well brought up children down the wrong path.

    Despite this, many of the best state schools are equally as good as private institutions.

  • Jenny S

    I don’t think you can really compare ‘post prejudice’ to racism or homophobia. Last time I checked, those from a privileged background generally don’t suffer job discrimination or have had to fight for years for equal civil rights…

  • TaxTaxTax

    “From my perspective my parents paid two sets of school fees, mine at a price I won’t disclose, and yours, through their taxes.”

    Your parents pay taxes exactly the same as every other taxpayer in the country: in accordance to how much they earn. They are there to provide basic NECESSITIES to run the country, eg. healthcare, infrastructure and yes, schooling.

    My parents both pay 40% of their wages in tax, and I went to a state school (not a grammar school), because it was the highest-achieving in my area (in a 10 mile radius there were two options of private schools, and of course the choice of boarding elsewhere).

    The healthiest, most well-rounded environment for a child to grow up in, in my opinion, is living with their parent(s) in a stable home environment, in a mixed educational environment where you can talk to both boys and girls and experience a wide social and educational spectrum.
    Much of the problems state schools face with low-performing pupils and social disruption leads from an unstable home life.

    Further, why is this article addressed directly to me? You have nothing to do with me Becca Atkinson. Next time, do some research and you might end up with a balanced article.

  • Its lucky they’re not all cunts like you Becca

    And yet despite all the money your parents spent on your oh-so-privileged education, you’ve achieved precisely the same as the rest of – a place to study at Bristol.

    Imagine if they’d given that money to charity instead. That made of made a difference.

  • Marie Antoinette

    Let them eat cake.

  • A thought

    What a learned scholar of the concepts of habitus and differential achievement.. Mind you, the privilege of studying Sociology is unfortunately not one many private schools offer…

  • Poorly done.

    Private schools give better educations. Students are conditioned better for jobs and University, and the networking among the academic social structure is far better, because money and connections have huge influence and power in society. From an absolute egalitarian position, creating a demand for a higher standard of education for those who are not necessarily the most capable potential students is wrong. The issue here is that such an article designed for pure controversy is not newsworthy. Is it fair, when you have been so lucky as to be born such that you receive a particularly good standard of education, to produce a piece of journalism proclaiming that fact? Is it fair to belittle the (let’s face it, statistically greater) effort that those less fortunate have put in to get here? You don’t get something for nothing, and when that something is based off the merits of others (i.e. parents), it is extremely understandable that those without the privilege of having attended a private school would react badly to an article where the only content is to make explicit the comparative misfortunes of others. It is not accurate nor just for state school students to assume that less effort has been applied by individual private school students to get to this level, but this article was unnecessary, gloating, inflammatory and generally poorly done.

  • Anon

    Not that it matters but I’m state educated and studied at Bristol for my masters (yes us comp people can get distinctions at MSc level without the need for stables at school). Having met a range of people from both state and private schools, it is fair to say there are twats wherever you went to school.

    At Bristol I met more privately educated people. I met lots of great people and yes there were some negatives (being patted on the shoulder and told “comprehensive?! Well good for you”) was a particular low point. Being educated at state school means you socialise with a range of people from a range of backgrounds, my tutor group has a child of a CEO of a large financial institution to children in receive on benefits, free school meals with difficult home a d social situations. Was School great… Yes! Did we have awful building and poor facilities, yes! I remember our netball coach asking us to try and where similar colour shirts and skirts so we looked like we had school sports kit at a tournament! But you don’t notice or know any different, the teachers work hard and you leave a well rounded individual.

    I don’t swing far to the left but I truley believe abolishing private schools. parents who can afford to financially support their children education, invest that money into the state school system pushing up education standards. These parents obviously want a good education for the child, become a school governor and work with the state school to improve if you think it’s that bad!

  • Gina

    ‘In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia.’ – What an ignorant thing to say.

    I think if you go to private school you should accept people judging you because it is unfair. It shouldn’t be right to pay for education upfront and so expensive only the rich can afford it.

  • Emily

    Reading this article is what makes me proud that I didn’t attend private school. Paying for views like that – disgusting.

    Firstly, the fact you claim your parents ‘paid’ for my education is ridiculous – so my parents don’t pay taxes? Secondly, you explain how students from private schools get better jobs. And you seem to think that’s due to you having had a ‘better’ education, rather than your schools reputation, that your parents have paid to be on your CV? Don’t think you’re better, more intelligence or have better skills than other people just because your parents coughed up a few bob.

    In relation to the ‘great sports facilities’ at your school, you seem to imply that by participating in popular sports such as football and tennis you are unable to learn valuable skills such as leadership – completely ridiculous, and just highlights your snobbish and naive attitude. I’d like to see some figures that show by riding on a horse you are the ideal candidate for your dream job. Again, you’re insisting that you’ve got superior skills compared to all us ‘poor people’ because you’ve paid for the reputation of a good school…

    And finally, the idea that because you’re parents forked out for your education makes you a more intelligent person is completely ignorant and snobbish. Furthermore, by referring to some parents as ‘dishonest’ and ‘underhand’ for wanting their children to have a good education again shows your disgusting and condescending attitude.

    I feel sorry for you that you have these points of view, and I’m ashamed that you are at the same university I’ve just graduated from. Hopefully though you will meet some of the children of these ‘dishonest parents’, and it will open your eyes, so you don’t live your whole life with these ridiculous attitudes.

  • Think before you speak

    Posh prejudice is just as bad as homophobia or racism? I suppose so, I mean your people have been oppressed for centuries, you are denied basic human rights, you earn less money than those around you because of something you can’t control, you do receive ignorant and abusive comments on the street from strangers… Wait

  • Noddy Holder

    Private schools provide a narrow-minded blinkered view of society, and on the whole produce emotionally constipated individuals incapable of empathy and lacking any real consideration of society as a whole.

    The whole line of “life is competitive, deal with it”, is so shallow and sad, it’s a real indictment of the lack of vision and consideration of how to actually improve society, rather than focus totally on the self that is perpetuated by private schools.

    Private schools should simply be shut, banned, binned and forgotten.

    Top trolling by the way by http://bristol.tab.co.uk/about-us/

  • Jack Beeston

    I went to St. Paul’s, a private school, but one that taught me exactly how fortunate we were to be in the positions our parents put us in. This article demonstrates how narrow your view of the world is and it makes me embarrassed to have gone to private school, and to go to the University of Bristol.

    You moan about “posh prejudice”, something that simply would not exist if you were in any way conscious of the world around you and the enormous disparity that exists in this country between rich and poor. This prejudice is not jealously, it stems from people rightly hating when young toffs flaunt their wealth and trumpet the achievements of their parents as their own.

    Disgraceful article, I am now convinced you bought your way into the University of Bristol, as you clearly have no brain at all.

  • William

    Congratulations! You’re lucky enough to have parents who can afford a £12000 a year education! That makes you more intelligent, money! Pretty sure intelligence is something you are born with. Unfortunately for you the majority of the great unwashed think that you’re a bunch of greedy Tory cunts! Wouldn’t want to socialise or share a class room with you anyway!

  • The state school success story

    Went to a state school with nothing more than a footy pitch and a sports hall, got into Loughborough, got a grad job , got into a better Uni than you, probly got a better job than you will

    No1 hates private school pupils, no1 is jealous it’s usually if you’re a complete twat that people then say your parents paid your way into Uni

    Just a remark though if I pay 12,000 a year my kids are getting into Cambridge ya daft cow

  • OXFORD STUDENTS

    didn’t get into Oxford though did you???! hahahahahahahahahahahaha. currently having pre drinks and 15/18 people are from state school. get a grip

    • Cambridge Student

      Why are you spending pre-drinks reading shitty student journalism from another university?

      You sure sound like a fun bunch

  • Ha ha

    You only made it to Bristol, babes…

  • Went to School with this Girl

    she is clearly not a journalist and despite her private school education she shall not be getting a job as one. I went to school with her, she is not someone who ever lead in school. She needs a life check and has embarrassed me and my friends.

    • Bitch Alert!

      ..

  • Old_etonian_saundy_91

    prince william
    boris johnson
    david cameron
    ed saunders

    nuff said

  • ja’mie king
  • oh wow

    published on the manchester tab with even more ridiculous pictures http://manchester.tab.co.uk/2014/01/17/why-private-schools-are-better/

  • Well…. This is embarrassing

    Oh dear. I went to private school and always feel I have to try to dispel prejudices when people find out. People like you are the reason this ‘posh prejudice’ that you complain about exists. It’s embarrassing for the rest of us. Please stop.

  • rebecca barrett

    You my friend are a first class CUNT.

  • zee

    this article is too general and too childish.
    it should be filtered out.

  • Kyle Mulholland

    Having actually gone to a state school which looked a lot like the one in the photo, I can attest that everything the writer of this article says is true.

    No responsible parent, having the means, would choose that for his child.

    I bet there are plenty of expensively-educated leftists who are manufacturing plenty of anger over this piece. You are brave for writing it. I wish you well.

  • Slug

    Doubt anyone will see this comment buried beneath the others but
    Sometimes when I am alone, I cover myself in Vaseline and pretend I’m a slug

  • R F

    I went to private school… and i still think B atkinson is a fucking idiot

  • Mr

    Massive contradiction in this article:

    ‘I worked just as hard to get my grades.’

    then

    ‘It may be because of smaller classes, which means more one-on-one attention so students thrive.’

    You clearly didn’t work ‘just’ as hard because you had better teaching.

    Those thousands of pounds daddy spent didn’t teach you how to write a good article.

  • King

    Are we sure this girl isn’t from UWE ?

  • So many comments and so dull

    Whether or not private is better than state, what is clear is that Bristol Tab comments are generally crap, -so much vitriol and self-assertion and so little substance or wit.

    Sorry Bristol, it looks the Cambridge Tab is just way better and in a sense I honestly do wonder on the basis of all this verbiage whether these privately educated folk who ended up in Bristol got their money’s worth, and whether all those state students at Bristol actually did work that hard to win a place.

  • Realistic state school student

    Well there is no doubt private school pupils are educated better, they are almost forced to get straight A grades and if they dont they are given more lessons.

    State school you have to work yourelf, you arent forced.

    The realistic question is how do you determine who is more intelligent when they apply to university – you cant! The person with the best grade wins. So they should because no state school pupil should say they are smarter because they got a worse grade because they haven’t been taught as well – it doesn’t make sense!

    So more private school educated people go to university than the ratio of state to private school nation wide. So what? There is no reason why state school educated people cant out perform private educated people at university…

    The difference is state school people rely on their qualifications, which don’t count for much compared to who you know.

    And hence money stays with money and their is still an evident class society in Britain.

  • How is private school like homophobia?

    I’m not gay for pay.

  • Chris

    I spent the majority of my child and teenage years in private education, got kicked out of two of the best schools of the country for rule-breaking, and then spent my A-Level years at a pretty rough London state school. I can say HANDS down that those final two years taught me more than the decade of teachers who only cared about their paychecks, other students bragging about their parents’ earnings etc…

    Going to a private school blinds you form the world – you hang around with people who are all but guaranteed a job that easily trumps the average earnings, you close yourself off to the ‘real’ world and a lot of the friends you make wouldn’t even speak to you if you were a state school attendee.

    As others have already said well, there is no doubt that in terms of career opportunity, ease of access to a decent university, and all the financial parental support, private education offers more. However, life experience is vital, and with university fees soaring, a lot of state schoolers will just go straight into the working world and actually find themselves above a graduate.

    I work in recruitment, didn’t go to university, and the number of graduates from redbrick uni’s regularly calling me up for jobs is ridiculous.

    Private schools are good if you want to learn from a book, but to learn from real people, in the real world, you cant allow yourself to be spoonfed by a teacher who’s only working there because it’s more money than state school pay.

  • Alice

    Essentially, your ability to go to private school is wholly dependent on your parents wealth. It’s often not a matter of them being irresponsible and frittering money away on cars and holidays, a lot of parents just can’t afford the £30k price tag which comes with private education.

    What strikes me as odd with people like you who still cling onto the fact your parents are evidently wealthy and can afford to send you to private school is that you’re not at school anymore. If you were a happy, independent and intelligent 20-something why do you still feel the need to boast about things that were given to you as a child? Make something of yourself on your own terms, instead of still going on about the fact your parents are rich.

    And anyway you didn’t even get into Oxbridge so they’d probably have been better off just buying a Jag.

  • Anonymous

    The state school picture well chosen…… Pretty sure you just got a picture of a derelict school. Very unbalanced argument, representing the fact that you are further entrenching a class system. Equality of opportunity rings a bell here, and I doubt you’ve cottoned on to that you posh privileged white person.

  • Old Etonian

    “In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia”

    Well then you’re an idiot

  • Josh

    Well… This really is appalling journalism. Having attended the private school pictured here, which, by the way happens to be the most expensive in the country at nearly £35,000 a year, I am pretty disgusted to be associated with such a poorly written article.

    Firstly… ‘Posh prejudice’ is indeed a problem in the country. But do we really want to compare to to homophobia? No. No we do not.

    Secondly, the statement that private schools are batter than state schools isn’t strictly true. Private schools are divided into two tiers. Clearly, the Eton dozen are better than state schools. (Schools such as Eton, Harrow and Tonbridge) it really is hard to argue with this point… They dominate the top of just about everything you can think of: politics, business, sport, the royal family, military, even acting. However… There are countless other private schools that no one has heard of and haven’t produced anyone more notable than the Princess Royals foot doctor.

    Perhaps it is the case that ex private school students talk about their school a lot. This is because they LOVED their school. And I don’t mean enjoyed, I actually mean loved. The hallowed walls of establishment learning instil a huge sense of pride in its pupils that lasts an emoter life time. Walking the same corridors as Winston Churchill, or Benedict Cumberbatch, or even James Bond (yes, I know he’s fictional, but he went to Eton) is a very proud thing indeed. Living in your school for five years makes it home, and you never forget a home. Your housemaster is your father and matron your mother. Of course we still talk about them.

    As for the comment about tax… Well that’s hard to argue with too. The rich pay for the poor. That’s why they’re charged more tax. Obviously. In fact, in some US states, if a parent decidedly to send their child to a private school, the state refunds them the their tax that would have been spend on their state school education.

    And you think that voting Labour is of any help? Then you’re wrong, Ed Miliband went to the same school as Boris Johnson. He also has a £3million house and him and his wife have a combined yearly income of nearly half a million. Tony Blair went to Fettes and is worth tens of millions and has his own jet. In fact, there are eleven privately educated MPs in the labour shadow cabinet. Six studied the same subject at Oxford as David Cameron. Labour Lord Sainsbury is worth nearly half a billion, yes. Billion.

    So in summary… Of course private schools are better. But you know what? Britain has some of the best state schools in the world. Indeed, I went to one of the most expensive schools in the world and I’m not at Oxbridge… Yet plenty of state schools pupils are. And you know what I have to say to them? Good for you, make the most of it. Both state and privately educated people have a chip on their shoulder. It’s unnecessary, get on with your life and stop moaning.

  • assmaster

    Firstly. You can’t be that clever if you ended up at the same uni as state schoolers. And bristol isn’t very good. The reason private schoolers get better jobs is because their parents help then get one. A private school kid with a 2:1 from bristol clearly isn’t as good as a state schooler with the same outcome.

    econdly youre a woman and women aren’t good leaders so know your place.

    Thirdly as a state schooler, like 93% of the pop, I’ve made a success of myself and am earning a lot more money than youll probaby do.

  • Tom

    It’s a shame they don’t teach grammar too well at private schools – ‘more clever’ should really be ‘cleverer’.

  • A girl who went to state school

    You’ve just completely disproved your whole point that a private education is a better education through your poor use of grammar and sentence structure.
    By the way, the comparative form of clever is cleverer, not ‘more clever’; I’d therefore have to argue that you’re not ‘more clever’ than us poor, uneducated state-schooled folk.

  • Alex Webber

    I bet shes a virgin….

  • Anonymous

    “Some parents choose to spend their money on school fees and some spend on flashy holidays and expensive cars.” And some parents cant afford any of them. And their children may not do as well at a state school than if they could have had access to the fantastic resources and teachers at a private school. This is an example of priviledge, and this pertetuates social immobility. Generally, private schools probably do having higher acheiving pupils, from high achieving familes who can afford to send their children there. I don’t think people chose to give their children a lower standard of education. Also, as for your parents paying 2 sets of school fees, think of it as them paying taxes for the schooling they recieved, like the rest of adults, not for your untaken place at a state school.

  • Durham Girl

    What strikes me when reading this article is that you are clearly fed up with being told you bought your way into university. I imagine that must be annoying. My heart bleeds for you. What with the fantastic facilities, one-to-one tuition and nepotism you boast of, you would think you could forgive us poor folk for having a grumble every now and then.

    Perhaps if you tried explaining your point in a humble way rather than conforming to the public school “I’m superior” stereotype people would take you seriously?

    You admit the system is unfair but then have the audacity to criticise parents that perhaps don’t have much money for moving catchment areas. They are simply doing what they can for their children’s education with the means available to them.

    If life is unfair and private schools are better then you were clearly at an advantage. Surely this means a person who attended a state school had to work harder than you for a place at university?

    The photo you used to illustrate a state school is also insulting and further proof of your smug sense of superiority.

    I have no doubt that you are an intelligent woman and deserve a place at university but perhaps you should learn a little humility.

    • everyone, ever

      go away Durham, no one asked for your opinion.

      • Durham Girl

        Sorry ‘everyone ever’ I thought the point of a comments section was to express your opinion. I didn’t realise it was to post crap comebacks

  • Stalin

    If only I weren’t dead, you’d be going straight to the gulags…

  • Anonymous

    utter fucking crap, it doesn’t matter which school you went to, although in my case private school was a waste of time and money. and for many others it was similarly lackluster. if you say that you get better education at a private school, and then say ” I don’t think people can take the moral high ground that because they went to a state school they’ve earned their place at Bristol more than I have”, they have earnt that right, if private schools are so much better, they have every right to be more proud

  • Alex

    It’s sad that private schools have to exist, but there’s nothing wrong with parents wanting to do best by their kids. It’s not snobbery, it’s wanting the best standard of education for your children, to give them the best start. It’s also not wanting to expose your kids to more risk of bullying, gangs, and drugs, although all of these are bound to exist at private schools, too.

    I went to a mid/low-range private school, certainly not your Etons or your Marlboroughs. My parents weren’t massively well off – my dad went to the local comp and my mum has never been to university. They sacrificed to give myself and my siblings the best education they could. So, while all the other kids at my state junior school were running around in £100 Nike Airs and getting the latest games consoles as soon as they were available, I had cheap Hi-Tec trainers from Tesco, my cousins’ hand-me-down Lego, He Man and Star Wars figures.

    Private school fees are out of the reach of most, but for lots of people it’s not as if these are sums they can easily afford: it takes sacrifice and hard, hard work. You probably know lots of people who went to private schools, through work and your social life. Most of them didn’t go to Hogwarts and don’t come from wealthy backgrounds, their parents just had priorities that go beyond expensive trainers and Sky TV.

  • http://BeccaAtkinson.com Becca Atkinson

    To everyone giving me abuse; Be quiet peasants, I can’t hear you, my head’s too far up my own arse.

  • Jimmy

    I feel sorry for Becca Atkinson. She is clearly horribly misguided. There is absolutely no way £12000 can buy you anything close to a good education. You need at least £35000 a year to go to a proper school. You wouldn’t want to waste your money and end up at some co-ed day school.

  • Caroline

    Becca, I’m surprised that your fantastic private school failed to teach you not to make such hideous generalizations…..

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  • Bristolian

    Typical Bristol Uni Student attitude. Stupid article written by someone who clearly lives in their own little bubble with like minded people.

  • oh dear

    Boring article, badly argued.

    In my experience I’ve never heard anyone try to argue that state schools are better than private schools. Of course not.

    Yes, people who come from private schools have been ‘taught to lead’ from childhood – they often have much more parental pressure.

    State school can teach you invaluable lessons, but social ones rather than academic. It opens your eyes to the way the vast majority of society lives and thinks.

    I don’t think anyone disagrees that private schools give you access to networks etc… I think what people, such as me, think is that not that private schools aren’t better, but that they shouldn’t be allowed.

    Egalitarian society ftw – money shouldn’t be allowed to buy success. (not that you didn’t work hard, although how can you possibly know whether you worked ‘just as hard’ as people from state schools?)

  • person dangerously close to wetting themselves with laughter

    This is amazing. I love it when entitled morons show exactly how entitled and moronic they are. The equivocation of posh prejudice to racism and homophobia is particularly telling of a powerful ignorance in the writer of this article.

    To Becca Atkinson; don’t ever change, because people like me love to ridicule you. If however you do decide that it might be a good idea to pull your head out of your arse one day, I recommend picking up a couple of history books and newspapers, and reading about, oh I don’t know, the holocaust, the treatment of homosexuals in Uganda, the long history of an established elite controlling our country, largely by connections they made at their wonderful private schools.

    Final thought; if private schools are so much better, then how come you and your posh cronies are completely ignorant of such important facts?

  • State school graduate – with bloody good results, may I add.

    I went to the best high school in my city – a state school – which got the best results and Ofsted recommendations. We have many Private schools. To be honest, they’re really not always better.
    5 out of 11 of my closest friendship group are now at Oxbridge universities, on their first try of applying, and the rest of us are at Russell Group unis. Try telling me we would have done better, achieved more and come out as better people if we’d gone to a Private school.

  • Eoin

    This ‘article’ mainly just stated obvious points about rich schools obviously being able to provide expensive facilities for wealthy students. Whatever… BUT THEN:

    “Private schools get better results. This may be because the students who go there are more clever…”

    This suggests it might not be the school’s funds that help with better quality results… but the students themselves happening to all be just a bit smarter than the poorer kids. What. Is. This. Garbage.

    OBVIOUSLY money helps to provide better quality education. The focus should be on trying to provide top quality education to AS MUCH PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE, not feeling sorry for yourself for people saying you ”didn’t deserve” to have such a privileged upbringing. But sure, what am I talking about, you’re clearly suffer as much as the gay community and racial minorities. I’m sure they will stand in solidarity with you on this. OMG.

  • afro warrior

    girl who wrote this shud get shanked

  • Potential state school educated undergraduate

    Is there a big divide between state school and privately educated students at Bristol?

  • Mr Michael Mann

    This article hits the nail on the head. Because in truth, of course, rich people are better than the poor. It is a reflection of your first-class education that your mind has narrowed down into this singular and self-important realism. I also did attend a private school, but as for myself, I like to believe that my own knowledge of my privilege runs a little deeper than your own. This may be because you are a woman (Becca would be a frightfully queer fellow’s name! *scoff*) It’s not that there’s anything wrong with being a woman, I’m just glad I’m not one myself. Of course I love women though, I’m not a sissy. It may be unfair that being a man entitles one to so much more, but then, that’s life. It might be that men are brought up with so much more gusto than our weaker counterparts. On encountering a new adult, a little girl is told she looks pretty, for example, while a little boy is asked what he likes. This is because women are bread to be pretty and obedient and men to be substantial in character and intellectual. It is no surprise that men rule the best paid and most important jobs in the country, considering we’ve been brought up to lead our whole lives. This is why those alumni clubs whose advantage you so well identify are from boys schools and why it is that their members currently and historically take such a large hand in the government of men.
    I’m really quite surprised that a women could have such lofty thoughts as your own, but then I’m guessing you are wealthy, privately educated and probably even white British, too. Those things ought to count for something. Why didn’t you try and go to a better university, dear. It behoves us in the upper strata of our society to do a little more with our birth right. Couldn’t you get into Oxford or Cambridge, or perhaps even a nice old university like Edinburgh. It’s really quite easy to get into Oxbridge if you know any of th Deans, or Goveners, or even just a department head. Like you say, it’s who you know. Perhaps you are not all that wealthy, we certainly don’t know anything about your schooling. There are some laughable excuses for private educations and I suppose being a woman, if you attended such, your probably well situated exactly in your place. At least you are so enlightened, I commend you. I like you Becca, you make me grateful that I am where I and that you are not here.

  • Cunt

    You’re literally all cunts, get a life

    • LOL

      Hi Becca!

  • Dude

    the gal who wrote this is a cunt

  • Massive Communist

    Why private schools are better – who denies that? But it’s only because they have more money.

    I think you are confusing cause and effect. With more money comes better teachers, better facilities and therefore better results and better opportunities. Private schools are better because people pump money into them, people don’t pump money into them because they are better.

    This makes your whole article redundant.

  • Ja’mie

    Private schools don’t just make better citizens, they make better quality citizens

  • Henry Winston

    Your school must have let you down to end up at Bristol…

  • Grammar Geek

    For someone who went to ‘private school’, you’ve made many grammatical errors here.

    ‘From my perspective my parents paid two sets of school fees, mine at a price I won’t disclose, and yours, through their taxes.’

    SHOULD BE:

    ‘From my perspective, my parents paid two sets of school fees; mine, at a price I won’t disclose, and yours, through their taxes.’

    Just putting it out there.

    Sorry, are you a journalist…?

    • ‘Grammar Geek’ Geek

      Actually, Grammar Geek, you are also wrong. That is rather awkward for you.

      A semicolon is used between two independent clauses that require the same context. Signalling the start of a list, like in the example you have used above, would require a colon.

      Sorry, are you a grammar geek…?

  • Kishon McGuire

    “In my opinion, ‘posh prejudice’ is just as bad as racism or homophobia.”
    Amazing. Really hope this is ironic, otherwise the bristol tab has let a complete moron with a shite thesaurus on to run amok with the most facile and subhumanly puerile and bigoted opinions. Grow up and develop some mild sense of self-awareness you irredeemable cock thistle.

  • Nigel Thornberry

    Smashing article poppet.

  • Come on who cares

    This article adds nothing to anything. Who cares about the opinion of one girl – I went to a state school and got better grades than most of my friends who went to private school. it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it! Fair play if you get to go to private school, probably easier to get decent grades – but you can also succeed in the state education system. What helps no-one is the fact that people go around talking one another down in the way that this article so hopelessly tries to. It’s not even very well written!
    Now stop reading the tab and go read a book.

  • http://GazHerbertTheLegend.net Gaz Herbert

    I got a 1st class honours from Newcastle University in Chemical Engineering, I didn’t have my education paid for. I am now one of the highest paid people in the Chemical Engineering community and will probably be above you all my life Becca Atkinson. You make me sick, I feel that you saying that people can be posh prejudice is true, and rightly so but the same applies if you look down you sliver spoon at the rest of commoners. You should rot away. You are a drip. You are so wet you are dry. I hope no one looks at you and thinks you have a valid point because you are the reason people are not equal. I hope that people see you for the spoilt little brat you are.

  • John Wall

    Gaz thats a great point. I think you are onto something here. I am now a fully trained Dentist and have been for around 4 years now and run my practice with the intention of not having prejudices. If this Becca girl came for a filing I would not only do an excellent job, even though no one paid for me to do my GCSEs but I would give her both barrels and show here that she is just a pompous areshole.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t understand how you can simultaneously argue that private schools are better than state schools but also that private school gave you no advantage over anyone and you got to Bristol through your own hard work and nothing else.

  • Shut up becca

    Becca you are obviously a little bitch with no sense of reality.

  • Everyday Citizen

    I believe at the start of one paragraph you remarked; “Private schools have better facilities. Whilst state schools may have netball courts and hockey pitches, private schools come with stables and squash courts. This attracts students who are dedicated to various sports, which makes them leaders and team players.”

    So netball and hockey doesn’t follow a team structure? Common sports played in private schools would typically be football or athletics, am I mistaken?

    Apologies if I’m missing the point but your denying any grace of natural leaders or dedication outside of your plush sports, which have ‘stables and squash courts’. Oh dear.

    Or are you being so single minded and moronic that you really do believe these sports played on ‘stables and squash courts’ are of a much superior ilk?

    Very good you went to private school, you have your name in a publicised article and you can be proud of that, show Mother & Father and enjoy the lovely stamp and the decoration of elegance that being so upper class ‘demands’.

    Arf Arf!

  • ummmm

    Pity is the resounding emotion I feel upon reading this article. Becca is human dark matter; bulking out the population of a world where not everyone can be exceptional, not everyone can be bright, and some are happy just to be comfortable. Becca’s delight in her own mediocrity is the prime feature of this article, not whether or not state or private schools are better. Becca’s assumption is that what she has is the ‘best’ but the Becca Attkinson’s of the world never do anything extraordinary, never shape the destiny of anyone but themselves. The cheap, badly argued piece of writing is hardly the work of a genius and pompous boasting about her place at Bristol (fine, but hardly Princeton) highlight her average life. Becca’s value system is not money, but fitting in, she has modelled herself to the safe middle ground of society. The Beccas of the world could equally mould themselves to fit the value system of communist Russia, never raising their anxious heads above the pack.
    Becca talks about old Etonians being guaranteed the ‘top jobs’ but the majority of notable people in society and history come from humble beginnings. The Einsteins, Steinbecks and even Conrad Hiltons of this world are far beyond the sphere of Becca’s definition of greatness. The height of greatness in the eyes of Becca is a barrister, or David Cameron; a boring, drab leader of a shrinking country who has not done anything notable enough to secure any place in the history of the future. Margaret Thatcher, while I do not agree with her politics was a far more impressive leader and she did not come from Becca’s precious old boys club.
    Becca’s stale, dull little mind cannot wander beyond her immediate surroundings, she has never comprehended anything beyond her parents achievements and so this is what she aims for. Becca will live a fussy expensive life, marry a boring man, and have bland children. At some point during her middling years, she will question her value system; ask the existentialist questions most people arrive at in their twenties. But she will buy more and eat more and these questions will fade from her narrow, stunted mind and life will go on. When she dies the grains of her memory will churn swiftly into the sands of time and leave no imprint. Until the next Becca is born to live, mindlessly striving to maintain the status quo.

  • cez

    Becca Atkinson you’re a huge throbbing dick head. This article is hysterical. How did you even get into Bristol with views like that? Go and die in a hole.

  • Robin Hood

    I must say, I can’t help but draw certain similarities between what dear Becca is saying and the goals of my own merry band based in Sherwood Forest. Indeed, the way in which her parents subsidised the good children of this land’s path through the so called ‘state school’ experience rings a number of bells in our search to spread the wealth of the few more evenly.

    I commend Becca on her worthy observations and pray many take note of her wise mentality, the world will be a better place if you do.

  • Josh

    I’m not sure whether this article was written in irony, or you are just genuinely a fucking moron?

  • assmaster the third

    Silly wench was probably on her period when she wrote this.

    How else will such poorly structured sentences bereft of reason be published!!

  • craigo

    What is lols about this is that she ended up at the same middling university as thousands of state schoolers, and will no doubt share the same results as them, which levels the playing field.

    If she gets a better job than others, it wont be because her parents bought her good grades and sent her private, it will be because mummy and daddy will sustain her living costs until she gets a foot in the door of an industry and maybe provide her with opportunities.

    I hope she doesn’t plan on getting a job involving having to write things down though, as she clearly spent too much time playing with horses to learn how to use grammar.

  • Samantha Brick

    Don’t let all these haters call you arrogant, they’re just jealous because they want what you have. Jealousy can be an evil bitch. I empathise with you, people hate me because I’m beautiful and it makes life really difficult for me. We are two totally victimised peas in a pod, just like the blacks and the gays.

  • La Sallian

    This article, despite being very very poorly written, is absolutely hysterical!

    I completely agree with your general argument that private schools are better, but I cannot say that I have ever felt victimised like blacks and gays for being middle class.

    I agree with the fact that some people at State schools do have an air about them that the world owes them something (I see this in my own extended family often bitching in this way – though we try to minimise time spent with that rifraf).

    However I also agree that I and many other people at private schools believe ourselves to be better than the vast majority of people in general. This is not a school on school problem though, this is a personality issue! I personally believe myself better than 90% of all of the people I went to my private school with, mostly due to their lack of intelligence, irrespective of class or wealth! Simply by being in a system of education with other people, we are thrown into a competitive environment and any sense of being better than others tends to be due to the fact that we ARE in fact better than them. This automatically therefore means that it is likely to manifest itself in a way that will force you to judge other people based on their cognitive ability.

    My next logical argument from here is that at the end of the day, once you are at a given university, everyone there has been tested in the same way and selected on the same merits as everybody else at that university (dependent on course choice obviously). So why discriminate based on background? It seems completely illogical to me.

    My main point therefore being that the only way we will ever eradicate elitism (which will never happen if we want society to continue to evolve and thrive in the same way it has been for several thousand years) is to scrap the education system that encourages a competition between students.

    I will now boldly state that all of you who are taking the time to argue this point and stating that “her views”* are disgusting will have exercised some form of elitist behaviour in your life, particularly if you are at a good university as it is therefore incredibly likely that you chose to spend time with a certain group of people as a child, that would aid you in getting to where you are today. I know for a fact that I did, as did many of my friends. Any single one of us could have been part of the ‘cool’ crowd i.e. gone out drinking between 14 and 16 on the streets or having sex in parks at 13 etc, but we didn’t; we exercised elitism the very day we turned away from those crowds of people and said, “No, we’re better than that. I actually want to do something with my life/be more successful than my parents/go places and do things I otherwise won’t give myself the chance to if I make a stupid decision to be ‘cool’ now.”

    *FINALLY I hate to be the ONLY person on this page that seem to have identified the fact that at NO point, does she actually state that she is in fact better than anybody else in the world, never mind everyone that ever went to a State school.

  • carly

    you say private schools are better… but yet on the other hand say that public school students at the university haven’t earned their place more than you… thicko…
    if you have got a better education and more support at your school from having smaller classes and learning more… thats a sign that the people who have gone to public school have probably had to try harder to get where they are now…
    no one knows anything till they learn it, so the fact that you have had a better education handed to you on a plate… means a lot.
    show some respect for people who haven’t had your background and have probably overcome a lot more barriers than you to get where they are now.

  • better grades??

    I was educated at a state school where many students from the nearby private school tried (and failed) to get into our (state) sixth form because their grades were not good enough. Clearly, private schools do not always have ‘more clever’ students.

  • Who cares

    Why don’t we all just ignore her. She’s obviously pretty stupid and the tab obviously want this reaction. Think how awkward and hilarious it would have been if no one had commented or made a fuss. We know she is wrong. Let’s leave it.

  • Absurdity

    Dear ‘Becca’,

    My students in an East End state school in London could have written this article with far more convincing arguments than you. Your argument suffers from a severe lack of evidence, hyperbole and generalisations.

    I did my teacher training at both private and state schools and am actually qualified to tell you that a private school will not give you a better education. When you work in education yourself, then, and ONLY then, will you be able to make such absurd comments such as ‘parents lie to get their children into the best state schools’ and ‘the students who go to private schools are more clever’.

    I work at a school that despite coming from a VERY deprived borough, produces multiple A and A* students. Actually, 86% of my GCSE class achieved A-A* in their recent assessment. KPMG regularly work with our Economics students, supporting them in their job applications and a number of Russell Group universities mentor students that have applied to those universities. Where is the evidence used to support your worthless statement, ‘it is no surprise that ex-private school students tend to have the best jobs?’

    To put it in words you might understand, you ‘literally’, ‘like’, have NO idea, yah?

    Yours,

    Bristol Ba History, and History PGCE grad (Distinction, without the private school background by the way, and all supported by student loans) successful history teacher in London earning above the national average.

    *Shock horror! Girl from state school gets decent job!*

  • Francesca

    I went to the best IB state school in the country, it was a state school, and taught me to be considerably more open minded than this article.

  • Benedict Douglas Stewardson

    Are we all going to ignore the fact that she compared the systematic oppression and subjugation of people of colour and queer people to “posh prejudice”? Only when Etonites are discriminated against by the police and employment; thrown out of their own homes and made to fear for their lives will I take any of this argument seriously. It reeks of entitlement and self-loving elitism. Clearly a private school education fails provide any shred of social awareness and compassion.

  • Disgusted

    This article is outrageously offensive as it is poorly argued. It makes me furious reading it.

    This girl is not the voice of the people in the way she’s stating what everyone’s thinking.

    Moronic.

  • pete

    “they’ve been trained to lead since they were children”

    Is this a spoof?

    Please let it be a spoof…

  • A random pleb

    You’re right – nobody should be looked down upon because they went to a different school.

    They should be though, if they’re as snobby, elitist and entitled as the writer of this piece of shit.

  • Yes

    this article is complete idiocy, but she’s 18/19, give the girl a break…

  • SamC
  • say what

    Seriously. What private school did you go to, £12,000 a year! Pah not a good one judging by the quality of this article you tit. If you truly went to a good quality private school you would not of written such utter tripe, thank you for making us private school kids look awful!

  • Amazed

    that a person with this level of ignorance was accepted into Bristol in the first place. To think of the amount of much more intelligent, ambitious and deserving state school students that could have taken her place.

  • MBA student

    Just a few things to say here. I went to a state school, graduated with a law degree last summer and am now doing an MBA. My law course had a lot of people who were educated at private school who often found it more challenging as they were used to being spoon fed the information, they weren’t quite capable yet of learning on their own to the same level. My fathers on several university boards in this country, part of the assessment they do of applicants actually removes points for people who were privately educated as they are expected to do better due to all the resources ploughed into them. However your comment “I don’t think people can take the moral high ground that because they went to a state school they’ve earned their place at Bristol more than I have” is fairly misguided. In your article you speak about the standard of education being better in private school which of course it is; a point I’m certainly not disputing. Do you not notice the logical inconsistency in your argument? To get to the same place as a privately educated student, a state school student does have to work harder, as there are less facilities provided for their education. This may just boil down to a choice, those who are state educated have to choose to work harder, while in a private school it’s thrust upon you; leaving you little choice; which gives you a higher likelihood of actually getting your head down and working. There is less of a support network in public schools elevating students to excel.

  • I went to private school and I’m normal… I think

    Have to say I went to private school and I don’t completely agree with Becca. I do think private school offers advantages that state school does not but I personally think everyone should be entitled to that standard of education regardless of their income or social status. I do think there is also something quite distasteful about celebrating the notion it’s about who you know not what you know.

    You do have to laugh at the suggestion that private school prejudice is ‘just as bad’ as racism or homophobia (I hardly think years of oppression equate to a few comments). However, I do resent the comments on here and the ones I receive in daily life that private school kids are entitled snobs or that they don’t the reason they have got to where they are is because their parents paid them to get there. Both my parents came from working class families (mining backgrounds) and they worked their arses off to give me a private education and this did mean they ‘sacrificed’ holidays abroad and flashy cars.

    Although this article doesn’t put private school kids in a particularly good light I do appreciate its attempt to stop the whole guilt thing that people often try to make you feel.

  • private school prejudice councillor

    Dear Becca,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the rough Time you’ve been having. Private school prejudice is something nobody should have to deal with. I bet it keeps you up all night worrying, maybe you have contemplated suicide? It is understandable. Maybe you have thought of getting reconstructive surgery or perhaps electroshock therapy to rid you of your privelegedness. This is a major issue. You’re practically an oppressed minority which means you may even have a past involving being denied basic human rights because hey, where was Martin Luther King? That prick wasn’t out defending your rights. I feel for you I really do. If only you could afford expensive therapy and private health care or perhaps a private tutor that could teach you how to man up and deal with the inevitable grief you will get for being ignorant of why it is people look down on you. I’ll give you a free first session, it’s not because you are too intelligent for them.

  • reasonnotrhetoric

    I went to Private School, and find this article both unlettered, unreasonable and unimaginably elitist stupidity. Firstly there is a reason why people hate people from Private School, because of people like you espousing this ridiculous notion. I found it ludicrous that you said that Private School education does not help you “buy your way in” to University, yet that Private Schools are good as they provide great connections with rich and successful businessmen. Even if we look away from your heinous and hideous principles, on a practical basis you undermine your very basic argument. Learn to write before you but stuff into the public eye.

  • Hmm
  • Dylan

    Why would anyone have to buy their way into Bristol of all places. Slightly embarrassing.

  • Becca

    Becca you slut

  • dr111

    Sorry but who even goes to Bristol?

  • Too many words

    CBA

  • Anonymous

    Hi there, I Have just been out in Bristol for a Friends Birthday. I’m seriously not impressed. If that’s all a Private school education gets you. ( a shitty Bristol education). You can learn to be a cunt without spending £12,000+ a year on education with your shitty Oligies, which anyone can bullshit an A. I go to a top university from a state school just think your parents spent money to not even get as far as a state school scummer like myself. Fuck you Eaton. You self entitled cunts.

  • Cambridge student

    This article is pathetic and uninformed.

  • awkward silence.

    ” This may be because the students who go there are more clever”.

    Yep, you the cleverest.

  • Guest

    It’s funny how you say ‘posh prejudice’ is as bad a racism or homophobia, when the main reason people criticise this system is because it gives students an unfair advantage on the grounds of their social-economic disposition. Do you really think people criticising your privilege compares to the hardships which minorities and the poor experience on a daily basis?

    I don’t really see your point, of course private schools are of a higher standard than state schools, but isn’t that the problem?

  • Guest

    It’s funny how you say ‘posh prejudice’ is as bad a racism or
    homophobia, when the main reason people criticise this system is because
    it gives students an unfair advantage on the grounds of their
    social-economic disposition. Do you really think people criticising your
    privilege compares to the hardships which minorities and the poor
    experience on a daily basis?

    I don’t really see your point, of course private schools are of a
    higher standard than state schools, but isn’t this the problem?

    • Guest

      No. It just means that privately funded schools are doing their job.

  • Nura

    How is this journalism? That private school education obviously didn’t help you out too much…

  • Angered

    i know the tab doesn’t really give a shit about flinging offensive shit into students’ faces, but this article like no other before it balances ill-informed, controversy courting offensiveness with a complete lack of any structure and content. The writer and editors responsible for putting out this at-once-shocking-and-boring piece of rancid dribble should really think about the influence their pandering to the lowest and most ignorant parts of the student body will have. This is typical of a paper that, like the red tops it models itself on, peddles harmful and divisive ideals to its readership with a cynical lack of responsibility for the bigotry it promotes and the effects of this in the real world.

    • State Schooled

      Well said..

  • anon

    “Some parents choose to spend their money on school fees and some spend on flashy holidays and expensive cars.” And what about the parents who can’t afford it at all? This article is a testament to how your apparently superior private school education has lead to you being a close-minded and pompous fool. Unfortunately neither your parents money nor “who they know” will help you to open your eyes to the real world. Congratulations.

  • Rosco

    A very lazy and crass article. Keep this up and you may get a job at the Daily Mail.

  • Timmy

    Don’t forget Radders

  • Shaggy

    Oh gee Becca isn’t it fantastic that your parents forked out £20000 a year so you could learn to write utter shit like this….. I bet if they saw this they would wish they’d have gone on that flashy holiday.

  • This isn’t journalism.

    Oh I get it now! How much money my family has determines my capabilities as a human being, and therefore the standard of education I should receive. Something that I have absolutely no control over DEFINITELY dictates my personality and what I can contribute to this world. Thank you Tab, THANK YOU.

  • guest

    hahah oohh darling you had stables at your school, please tell me more about how this affects your education

  • commoner

    Top private school alumni networks such as the Old Etonians or Old Harrovians…. you’re welcome to them!!!

  • privatelyeducated

    Harrow and Eaton aren’t private .. they’re public.

    • Mark

      it’s also spelt Eton…

  • Fred

    Guys, this is satire. Please stop treating this girl with contempt – she’s highlighting a very real attitude taken by people elsewhere. She actually went to a state high school, so get off your own high horses and do some research.

    • State Schooled

      How are the readers supposed to guess that she goes to State School if she maintains she is privately educated? The readers are not the ones being contemptuous. It is the article that shows contempt.

  • Call this journalism?

    So if a good education can only be bought, as she claims, why is it that state school educated people still get into top universities?

    Private schooling certainly does a good job at teaching delusion and sheltering students from reality!

  • disgusting.

    this article will come back to haunt you when you realise how ignorant it is.

  • Anya

    This is quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read. If this is what your private education has taught you, then I’m glad I went to a state school as your writing style is poor and extremely small minded.

  • jameshead

    All that money spent so you could one day get a job writing garbage like this….

  • Really?

    Oh, boo-hoo, my heart bleeds. Feel free to go fuck yourself, your horse and your parents money.

  • fed up

    This is disgusting. I have been state educated all my life, and I’m lucky that I was in the catchment areas for good state schools. I was also at primary school with a girl who ended up being moved to a top private school. We’d chat about school – she saw twice as much of her teachers, had more help with homework, had the opportunity to play sports I had never heard of (it must be said that I am not a sporty student). Unsurprisingly, despite getting near identical SAT results, she did much better than me after being moved. I don’t mind – I feel that I have had a better, and more valuable, social education.
    We worked equally hard, the only difference was that I generally worked alone at home or in the library, whilst she worked in 1-2-1 tuition with teachers if she needed it. Do I deserve a place at university more than her because I had to “do it the harder way”? No, and to say so is a ridiculous assumption. But the author completely ignores the fact that, actually, state school pupils do have a harder job to catch up with their private school contempories.
    Perhaps, Becca, you should spend a few weeks in my secondary school. See if you can get those same good grades, when your teacher contact time is far from ideal and every now and again a student will throw a chair across the room for kicks and giggles. We’d eat you alive.

  • TEETAZ

    Hi Becca, it’s great to know that you
    went to private school and your parents could afford that, even
    better to know that you now think you because of that you deserve
    your place just as much as any state school kid. Let me tell why I
    think your article was one of the most offensive and insensitive
    things ever written.

    First your ‘I worked just as hard to
    get my grades’ remark. Sorry to say that Becca but you didnt, you
    didn’t because you did go to a private school with more resources and
    more of a reason to make sure that you did get good grades otherwise
    how would they get their money? My parent’s didn’t have the knowledge
    to help me with my school work like some people’s parents, I didn’t
    have anywhere to my school work but a noisy kitchen table covered
    with letters and paperwork until I was in my THIRD YEAR of
    university, most teachers at my school were busy with the children
    who had fallen behind and so didn’t have the time, or resources to
    help those that were doing alright. Univeristy was not presented to
    me as a certainty or even a choice, it was much more a POSSIBILITY
    and a slim one at that. I was competing against people who had the
    resources to go to great schools that not only spoon fed how to
    answer exam questions, but how to do well in an interview as well. I
    was on the back foot the whole way.

    As for all the best jobs going to rich
    people/people with connections. I wonder what the definition of ‘best
    job’ is. To me it is something fufilling that you can live
    comfortably off, to you it’s having more money than you know what to
    do with. It seems your whole viewpoint is based on this elite world
    where money and ‘knowing people’ gets you where you need to be, but
    where does that leave the 58% of the population? Are we destined to
    stay in our little ‘underclass’ forever with no way of making it out
    and you just wrote that article to brag? I am also worried at how you
    think this unfairness is how the world works. Did private school
    teach you to be a sociopath as well?

    You are right in saying that ‘posh
    predjudice’ is bad (Maybe not as bad as homophobia and racism but
    anyway) Any form of discrimination or judgement on anything is wrong.
    Why should you be judged for where you come from? But your high and
    mighty standpoint is probably the reason you have experienced what
    you belive is ‘posh predjudice’ (It’s probably just people not liking
    your attitude to tell you the truth)

    How much money your family should not
    determine your capabilities in life and standard of education you
    receive. It’s something you have absolutely no control over so why
    should it should it predict what you achieve, it’s just the same as a
    family living in poverty destined to stay in that cycle forever.

    Yes you are privilidged. Yes ‘private
    schools do better’. Yes posh predjudice is wrong, but so is standing
    on your high horse talking about how great your life is and how lucky
    you are without a thought about how unfair that is and how many are
    destined never to have a good education or job because in the
    position they are in they can’t afford the time/effort to get good
    grades, because they are already discriminated against before they’ve
    even been given an opportunity.

    Thanks for writing an article in which
    you basically talk about everything that is wrong with our society
    and tell us that’s ho

  • State Schooled

    The article is certainly is thought provoking. I read it, and thought ‘what a brat’.

  • owned
  • Lucky Sod

    British graduates have become much nastier since the middle class stopped sending their kids to mixed ability independent boarding schools. These schools saved kids from the influence of their families and taught them to be decent people concerned with other things than money grubbing.

    The British reverence for deceit means it’s acceptable to make money from buying your council house, buy-to-let, getting a highly paid public sector job through family connections and any other way that demonstrates guile and twisting the rules (pretending to be faithful to a religion to get your kid into a socially selective school is another example of the attribute of craftiness that is so admired in the UK).

    All this is acceptable so long as you spend the money on yourself. It is more acceptable for someone in the UK to buy a Ferrari than buy a development experience for their kids. It is all based on the deluded belief that rich people get their money by working harder than poor people. The British trick themselves into believing they have got all their wealth solely through hard work because we have been conditioned against getting something for nothing even if it is a gift of love. Free money is only acceptable if it has been cunningly achieved so trickery counts as work in the UK.

    The abhorrent idea of meritocracy is supported in the UK because, over the centuries, the super-crafty have refined a fake ‘meritocracy’ that invites people to try to reform it and so get sucked into supporting the concept and the desire for ‘meritocracy’ has taken hold. Most of our politicians are Oxbridge-educated and some of the smuggest people in the UK are Oxbridge graduates who went to grammar schools and who refuse to credit their ancestors for the genes they have inherited.

    People who seriously argue for comprehensive education should also support mixed ability independent schools, equal UCAS point requirements for degree subjects regardless of status of university, lottery for oversubscribed university courses and threshold then lottery for oversubscribed jobs. This is real fairness and it has nothing to do with so-called ‘meritocracy’.

  • bobox4

    “it’s about who you know, not what you know” is not a reason to praise private schools, its a reason to berate them.

  • anon2

    Having had a private education and grammar school (state) education there are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you have the money why not, doesn’t mean anyone is any less advantaged as everyone has access to a very good education system (I achieved a 2.1 from a top ten uni after spending the whole of my secondary education at a grammar school).
    But this is precisely the reason why I left a private school to go to a (better) grammar school…..so I wouldn’t have to socialise and spend hours with spoilt, single minded idiots who have absolutely NO SENSE of the real world and real people. Oh and so I wouldn’t be spoon fed to achieve my GCSEs and A levels.
    Finally, stables at a private school mean nothing, horse riding is not that expensive a hobby….

  • PoshWinker

    Ohh! I get it now! So I need to ride horses to land big cats position at Wall Street! It all make sense.

  • ha

    This is article is incredibly uneducated, and very dishonest. Not that the writer is nessacarily dishonest, but the article excludes bigger picture thinking, and in fact, any thinking at all…It seems that there is a particular middle class backlash that only perceives in middle class terminology, this terminology, I can promise, is not the terminology of liberation, but rather suppression, and submission to old, disproved, and already deconstructed ideas…Private school is tacky, ironically so is this article. The language of your culture is worthless.