I think tTipsy's intention was not to emphasise the scruffiness point but to illustrate the very real dilemma?
I have a friend who had a similar dilemma - they were offerd a massive non - means tested scholarship (40%) for a school which was not their preference and but if fact a more' prestigious' school (central london - beigns with'w'
, and only considered it because financially the deal was so much better.
In their case, tho' they would have been better going for the school of their first choice - he left the other school after two (unhappy)years, could not get inot the first choice school at that stage, and is now at another school - reasonably happy but a compromise choice.
So it depends - do they really need the fee reduction for the less desirable (to them) school?