There was a school he attended before Eton, and one would think that there was, at least, some English taught.:-)
It is apparent that only the very most upper class can afford the tuition. (No mention was made of scholarships being offered, as many of our top private schools here do for promising students.)
To me, that indicates that Eton's student population is similar to a lot of student populations of many you-can-be admitted-if-you-can pay-the-tuition schools- there is going to be a wide range of brain power.
I was struck by the statement that Mrs. Forsythe had no background in teaching.
I don't know if an admission exam is required. if so, I'm sure that prospects can afford tutoring , as students do here for their SATs.
Prince Charles, who once accused his former secretary of 'ideas above her station' Sad comment from who reached his ''station'', not by hard work, monetary inheritance, talent, or marrying ''up'', but strictly by birth.
I did enjoy the article, Rob, especially the writing style.
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"The question must be asked in the light of Prince Harry's art A-level. The storm over his D grade has so clouded the reputation of the Duke of Wellington's alma mater that Surrey matrons deciphering the next Chagall in their high-achieving children might need to start looking elsewhere for a decent education."
"who would have thought that Eton's reputation could be so sullied? The trouble centres on the employment tribunal where Sarah Forsyth, the prince's former art teacher, is claiming unfair dismissal. Ms Forsyth alleges that she was asked to prepare some text for Harry's coursework, and that his aboriginal paintings were worked on by her department head."
"The headmaster, Tony Little (!?), submitted that Harry could not have cheated, because his written work was so atrocious."
Some Mothers do 'ave 'em.