Welsh school offers best value for money

  • 23rd February 2024

St Michael’s School in Bryn, Carmarthenshire, has been named The Telegraph’s best value for money independent school for 2024.

The value for money analysis compares fees charged by schools with their results at GCSEs and A-level to judge the highest-performing schools for the best price. Fees for the 2023-24 academic year were judged against summer 2023 exam results.

Fees at St Michael’s School for sixth-form pupils start at £14,490 a year for day pupils. At least 79% of pupils secured top grades at both A-levels and GCSEs.

Last year’s winner, the £14,676-a-year Withington Girls’ School in Manchester, came second. Last year St Michael’s School was the runner-up. Withington pupils  achieved A or A* in 74.3% of GCSEs and 89% of A-levels.

Manchester Grammar School, with day pupil fees of £15,180 a year, was placed third.

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said: “Independent schools take a much wider view of education than just exam results. Boarding schools in particular offer a wide range of activities outside the classroom and subjects inside the classroom. Parents understand that a great education these days means much more than marginal differences in exam results.”

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