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'Diane Abbott school' offers full fees bursaries

The City of London School, chosen by controversial MP Diane Abbott for her 12 year old son, is offering free places next September.

The prestigious riverside school, at the end of the Millennium Bridge and opposite Tate Modern, is asking parents living across the river in SE1 to consider applying for one or more of the eleven full fees paid places available next September.

"To have a first class education should not only be a question of being able to afford it" says Headmaster David Levin who is determined to see the traditionally broad social mix of his school continue even though the Assisted Place Scheme has been abolished.

He has already raised over 1m from private companies and institutions such as the bank HSBC to be able to offer 100% bursaries to intelligent boys whose parents could never even dream of affording a private education.

In addition the Corporation of London has recently pledged to match-fund any private money raised.

"It is vitally important that boys should not be excluded from this school simply because their parents don't earn enough" adds Mr Levin. "Lack of money should never be a barrier."

• Parents interested should contact Admissions Secretary Sally Jones at the City of London School on 020 7489 0291 for more information.

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