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7 February 2012

A Dubai based company (GEMS Education) plans to set up fee paying schools for boys and girls aged 3-18 across England over the next two years. Exact locations have not yet been confirmed but they aim to target areas with fewer private schools.

The company will undercut private schools fees that are around £16,000 per year by offering parents an opportunity to send their children to a private school at a cheaper annual price of £8,000 to £12,000. By offering the same standard of education and facilities such as on site doctors, they aim to attract parents struggling to pay the usual private school fees in the current economic climate.

The schools will be subject to the same standards and inspection process that applies to other independent schools in England. However, there is concern as to where and how these savings will be made and concern that the high standards associated with the independent school sector could be diluted by this venture.

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