Ampleforth and the price of education


Sir, – In the piece on the appointment of a principal to a secondary school in England, it was described as a “top school” and a “great Catholic school” (“Goodbye Mr Lambon”, Magazine, May 17th). On reading the article, I discovered the school charges its students €36,000 annually. I would suggest a criterion of a “top” school might be that it does not charge fees and provides a good education for its students, whatever their means. The Irish Times often describes fee-paying schools as “top” or “prestigious”. There is an obvious implication that these schools are superior to the general school. This is not the case.– Yours, etc,


Aille Indreabhán,

Co na Gaillimhe.