Education: School Without Ties

Britain's famous old public schools have long given their graduates a first-class education as well as an old school tie. The trouble is that there are just not enough Etons, Harrows and Winchesters within the reach of the boys who could benefit from them. In 1944, Parliament put a clause in its new Education Act urging Britain's towns and counties to get busy and set up tax-supported boarding schools of their own.

The county of Surrey, near London, was the first to take Parliament up. The county council went shopping for a suitable location, four years ago chose Ottershaw, an imposing Italianate...

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