Independent schools

Learning the ropes

7 September 2019 9:00 am

My school trip. By Andrew Watts

Harry Mount, aged 11

The bad boys of Naples don’t flirt with flowers, but rocks

8 September 2018 9:00 am

My school trip, by Laura Freeman

My football lesson

17 March 2018 9:00 am

In my day, it was a trip to the footie, not trekking in the Himalayas, writes Mark Palmer

Learning? It’s a walk in the park, says Rod Liddle

9 September 2017 9:00 am

My school trip, by Rod liddle

How private schools are risking their charitable status

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Private schools have undermined their charitable status by dashing so shamelessly upmarket

What Vladimir Putin said to the Eton boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

Talking heads: Bedales’ Keith Budge on public school without hierarchy

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Bedales headmaster Keith Budge talks to Eleanor Doughty about how he maintains a different sort of school tradition

Good riddance to stern matrons and bullying housemasters

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Pastoral care has come an awfully long way in recent years, finds Mark Palmer

School portraits: snapshots of four notable schools

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Snapshots of four notable schools

Private-school ‘superheads’ are a publicity-seeking waste of time

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Private-school ‘superheads’ are wonderful for publicity.They may not be so good for teaching

Nick Clegg’s public-school insult

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Married to a public-school man (I almost said boy) for many a long year, I can’t bring myself to disqualify…

Test match: revamped GCSEs versus IGCSEs

Now more than ever the ‘I’ in IGCSE is for ‘independent’

14 March 2015 9:00 am

IGCSE exams widen the divide between state and private sectors, writes Ross Clark

Spectator letters: All Things Bright and Beautiful, oligarchs and school fees, and Songs of Praise

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Times past Sir: ‘Imagine,’ says Hugo Rifkind in his excellent piece on the power of Google (29 November), ‘that there was…

If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this…

It’s time that Scotland’s timid posh folk spoke out

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I took part in a documentary about Scottishness a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t bad at all. I mused,…

Nigel Farndale’s diary: The dread moment when they announce next year's school fees

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Next time I’m in a sauna I’m going to say: ‘It’s like a school sports hall on prize day in…