Thursday, 5 March 2009
Posted by Sarah Pellew
I have been touched this week by the green eyed monster of envy. Let me explain.Children applying to Secondary schools discovered, this week, which school they had been allocated.Son#1 will be going to our local state school. It is a good school, he and we loved it when we went to see it and everything about the whole situation is great.
However, most of his friends will not be going to this school. They took exams for Private schools and all passed. They will be going to a private school in September. My son is bright enough to have passed the entrance exams, but we cannot afford to go private. I felt a little sorry that we could not offer son #1 this option, but I know that he will do just as well where he is going.
However, today I had a little peek at the private school web site. I don't know why... well, I do know why... I wanted to see how much it cost. And I was gobsmacked. Can you guess? Per term?With travel costs and so on it will be costing over £5000 per term. £5000???!!!! I was just blown away that people have that much money sloshing about to pay for school. I struggle to pay £100 for school lunches each Half Term and a summer holiday is not even a twinkle in our eyes right now. So to be able to fork out £15,000 + extra each year for one child's fees is amazing.
Perhaps, well, probably, I have been naive. And yes, I envy the fact that they have that sort of money. That would be incredible to me. I hate this feeling of envy and I hope it won't last long, because I know that we don't have that option and we are very fortunate to have been allocated a great state school. In fact, maybe they should be envious of my son, because he will get a great education within 5 minutes walk from his house... for free.But right now, despite the fact that I know we are lucky, so much luckier than many, I want to have money like that.How shallow am I???