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PORTSMOUTH TO SEND PUPILS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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Portsmouth City Council is about to send dozens of pupils to an independent school because of shortages in its stat...
Portsmouth City Council is about to send dozens of pupils to an independent school because of shortages in its state secondary schools, according to the Sunday Telegraph (p12).

Nearly 300 children have failed this year to gain places in their first or second choice schools in Portsmouth, almost double the number last year.

The council is now hoping to come to an agreement with the private St John's College in Southsea, under which the college would take state pupils and the council would in turn pay no more than the annual cost of educating a child in the state sector. St John's normally charges considerably more at up to£1,440 a term.
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