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The most painfully expensive private schools in the UK, for all you rahs in training

Eton doesn’t even make the top five!


The Times recently released its list of the best private schools for 2024 and they’re are some FANCY schools on the list.

These schools are perfect for rahs in training who actively insist they don’t vote Conservative despite owning three siggie rings with their family crest, the latest MacBook Pro, a mansion (in the home counties of course) and the ability to speak fluently in Latin.

The Times named St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith as the best private school in the UK. But at £29,946 a year, this is actually one of the cheaper private schools in the UK (imagine £29k a year being cheap). So which schools are the most expensive?

These are officially the most eye-wateringly expensive private schools for 2024:

Brighton College – £64,920 per year

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Brighton College costs up to £64,920 a year and is officially the UK’s most expensive private school. Facilities include a £55 million sports and science building with a sea-view running track, 18 university-standard laboratories, a cinema-esque auditorium, a strength and conditioning suite with a parquet floor, and a 25-metre heated indoor pool.

Top London designers were also hired to do the bedrooms to make sure the “boarding facilities are a real home away from home”.

You can read more about what it’s actually like to go to the UK’s most expensive private school, including student banquets and private jets, here.

ACS Cobham International School – £55,330 per year

ACS Cobham International School is the second most expensive private school in the UK at over £55 grand a year. ACS International Schools is a group of four private schools including three in England and one in Qatar but it’s the Surrey-based school which is the second most expensive in the UK.

According to its website, it has a “dedicated early childhood village” within its 128-acre campus. I have no clue what an early childhood village is but I feel like one trip there would solve literally all of my problems.

Concord College – £53,400 per year

Concord College in Shrewsbury costs £53,400 a year, making it the third most spenny private school in the UK. The school is built on the grounds of an actual castle, Acton Burnell Castle. What in the Hogwarts??

Concord College in Shrewsbury costs £53,400 a year, making it the third most spenny private school in the UK. The school is built on the grounds of an actual castle, Acton Burnell Castle. What in the Hogwarts??

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Cardiff Sixth Form College costs over £53k a year. A small school, it only has 385 students and each one has their own bedroom and en-suite as well as gym membership for their state-of-the-art gym. Every student also gets the opportunity for an international work experience in Malaysia, India, Tanzania and Europe.

Hurtwood House School – £52,227 per year

Another Surrey school, Hurtwood House literally looks like something straight out of Pride and Prejudice. It costs £52,227 a year to go there and facilities include its own record label where students can record and release music as well as clubs such as circus skills.

Here’s the full list of the top 20 most expensive private schools in the UK:

20. Radley College – £48,075 per year

19. Caterham School – £48,435 per year

18. DLD College – £48,800 per year

17. Marymount International School – £48,810 per year

16. Wellington College – £48,930 per year

15. Winchester College – £49,152 per year

14. Westminster School – £49,518 per year

13. Milton Abbey School – £49,635 per year

12. Tonbridge School – £49,944 per year

11. Eton College – £49,998 per year

10. Harrow School – £50,550 per year

9. Cheltenham Ladies’ College – £50,700 per year

8. Sevenoaks School – £50,757 per year

7. Dulwich College – £51,546 per year

6. d’Overbroeck’s – £51,765 per year

5. Hurtwood House School – £52,227 per year

4. Cardiff Sixth Form College – £53,300 per year

3. Concord College – £53,400 per year

2. ACS Cobham International School – £55,330 – per year

1. Brighton College – £64,920 per year

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