First private school to close down ahead of Labour’s tax raid

Are you considering taking your child out of private school? Tell us about your experience by emailing money@telegraph.co.uk Sir Keir Starmer’s planned tax raid on private education has claimed its first victim with the closure of a school where parents faced paying thousands of pounds extra every year. Families with children at Alton School in Hampshire, which last week announced it will shut this summer, have blamed the Labour Party’s tax policies for forcing parents to remove their children and place them in the state sector. The school said in a statement on its website that “adverse political and economic factors” have drained pupil numbers leaving it “unviable” to run. Classroom doors at the £18,000-a-year Catholic school, which caters for 370 pupils, will close for the final time at the end of the academic year. The school has suffered from dwindling pupil numbers in recent years, but the likelihood of a Sir Keir Starmer victory in the general election is said to have exacerbated the issue. Parents said the likelihood of a Labour victory seeing the plans enacted was the “final nail in the coffin”. Labour has doubled down on its commitment to apply VAT “straight away” on private school fees if...

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