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Russian children go home.

Russian children go home.

 

Diplomatic relations between Russia and the West have taken a turn for the worse in recent years.

Now it seems that the Cold War has now extended to private schools, as the number of Russian children sent to British schools has almost halved over the past two years.

The number of Russian students whose parents live overseas has been steadily growing since 2007 but has dropped sharply over the past two years, according to the Independent School Council’s (ISC) annual census.

In 2015, there were 2,795 Russian pupils at the UK’s private schools, but this has now dropped to 1,699, the latest figures show. Meanwhile, the number of Chinese students attending fee-paying schools has soared in recent years.

Grace Moody-Stuart, director of Good Schools Guide education consultants, said that wealthy Russian families have historically been attracted to British boarding schools for the prestige associated with an all-rounded education.  

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