Let's not jump to conclusions about anyone. We had someone on here saying things like how could I afford tutoring if my DD was on free school meals. She didn't know me personally, nor my full circumstances and if I was able eventually to afford a tutor etc, etc.
There's so much pressure and stress on parents already without the negative thoughts. Let's put positive energy in our children's happiness and future success. To me that is more important than the man with the big house and a bursary because we don't know his full story.
Let's not judge but try to better ourselves instead.
The problem I have though is that I can't square how someone can be on a low income and afford the luxury of private school and private tutors etc, given that is genuinely their only source of income. I say this because although it maybe possible - in a few cases - to get 100% remission of school fees, the information I have seen states that parent will still have to pay for school meals, uniforms, trips and other miscellaneous costs. Thus even if one does secure a full bursary it is difficult for me to imagine how other than having an undisclosed income source that a private school would be affordable. Additional to this from year 11 onwards the State provides an additional £1200 bursary for low income students studying in the state sector and only ask for voluntary contributions for school trips. Moreover, Public schools can't access pupil premium funding to afford further assistance to children from a low income background.
The only way I can see affording the ancillary costs is through tapping some sort of charitable grant. I don't suppose in current climate there are too many of them with money sloshing around.
It is for this reason that I hold the prejudice
that many bursary recipients probably have support for schooling from extended family which is not being taken into account when calculating the value of the bursary And that if someone is actually properly 'working class' without the benefit of a prosperous support network, rather than 'middle class', then they're probably not going to fritter precious cash on private schooling.