Tatler's Guide To State Schools: Saving Money, And Better Kudos For When Your Child's In The Cabinet

For the fading aristocracy whose magazine of choice is still Tatler, the phrase "state school" is as foreign as an Iceland frozen pizza.

But austerity, it seems, has reached Britain's highest echelons. Tatler has published a guide on Britain's state schools which, nobly, suggests they give children "better preparation for the real world".

Look on the bright side, the magazine suggests. Although child might be slumming it now, they'll have working class credentials when they make it to the cabinet.

Does a state school give your child a political advantage when it comes to making the cabinet? (file photo)

"Best of all, when you do finally get into the Cabinet, everyone will love you because you didn't go to Eton," the tongue-in-cheek guide says.

The guide introduces itself by saying: "We are not idiots. We know that Tatler is the last place you might expect to find a guide to state schools."

It goes on to note that it costs around £600,000 to send two children through private education.

Tatler's guide, printed in its February edition, features 10 primaries and 20 secondaries, which it claims are "the creme de la creme of the British state system".

The introduction to the guide reads: "The state sector has some spanking-new buildings, strong discipline, sporting rigour and academic ambition.

"Plus, your child gets a better preparation for the real world, the one where not everything is handed to them on a sterling-silver platter, where there is a cosmopolitan mix, where you will have to fight to get to the top."

Among the schools that made the cut were Honeywell Junior School in south-west London, Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh and Bourne Grammar in Lincolnshire.