Did you know?
* Independent schools average one member of staff to every 10 pupils. Nine in 10 pupils go on to university
* Fifty per cent of parents told a Mori poll they would pay to send their children to an independent school if they could afford it
* Pupil numbers fell by 0.6 per cent this year, after nine years of steady growth. A lower intake of overseas pupils is partly to blame
* In 2004, pound;300 million worth of bursaries and scholarships was awarded by schools; a third of pupils in independents now receive some form of financial assistance