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“Do everything you can” to get your children a place at Wymondham College, high-society magazine Tatler tells readers

PUBLISHED: 12:10 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:06 03 January 2014

Students at Wymondham college playing rugby

Students at Wymondham college playing rugby


Even the aristocracy are feeling the pinch.

Wymondham College has been included in a list of 20 schools society magazine Tatler claims are the “creme de la creme” of the state sector.

The magazine, better known for chronicling the lives of alumni of public schools such as Eton, has produced a guide to state schools for the first time in a sign even the wealthy are trying to cut back.

Tatler claims that putting two children through the private system costs about £600,000 now,

In its state school league table the magazine cites the largest state-maintained boarding school in the country, which is in Norfolk.

It said: “There is no catchment area either - anyone with an EU passport can apply, so it’s popular with expats and Forces families.”

The magazine said: “The state sector has some spanking-new buildings, strong discipline, sporting rigour and academic ambition.

“Plus, your child gets a better preparation for the real world, the one where not everything is handed to them on a sterling-silver platter, where there is a cosmopolitan mix, where you will have to fight to get to the top. And best of all, when you do finally get to the Cabinet, everyone will love you because you didn’t go to Eton.”


  • Nice bit of editorial licence. Tatler doesnt actually say that specifically for any one school. Its generic for the top list of 20.

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    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Didn't think Tatler had taken leave of its senses. If you really cant send your child to boarding school they can be a day bug locally. Wymondham is not free. The boarding element is paid for so you may as well move to Windsor or Winchester and use the money wisely.

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    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Actually, it is not just the EU. There are lot's of students recruited from Hong Kong too. As for the top 20 state schools - surely this is only because it is one of a very small number of large State boarding schools? It occurs to me that the Judd School in Tonbridge might be good at rugby - referring to the headline picture - and might just embarrass WC on the academic side to. But you do not supply the list of schools so we do not know what others are in this "High Society" list. Wymondham children living a mile or so away from the College, whose parents cannot afford the boarding fees, have to settle for Wymondham High - poor things!

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    Sunday, January 5, 2014

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