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If Private Schools Were Abolished, I'd Ensure My Child Still Had An Advantage
23 September 2019, 15:18 | Updated: 23 September 2019, 21:16
The caller said that if Labour did abolish private schools, he'd spend the school fees on something else to give his daughter an educational advantage.
Stu, whose daughter goes to an all-girls private school, told Shelagh Fogarty: "I am not rich. I own three small businesses.
I have to work hard. Her fees cost us £907 a month."
He explained that if private schools were abolished he'd use that money for something else.
Stu said: "I'd use that £907 month, sell my house where I live at the moment and move to a different area with a great school right next to it.
"That £907 would still be invested in her.
But I'd take the place of somebody who is probably more deserving."
Shelagh and Stu realised that amount of money is probably worth three mortgages in the North East.
Stu told Shelagh that he decided to spend that money on his 7 year-old daughter because she "thrives" at the independent school and "she's head and shoulders above these [state school] girls."