Loved from afar

14th May 2010 at 01:00

The rise in overseas pupils in independent schools is testament to the popularity of high-quality British independent education globally ("UK independents retain their allure abroad", April 30).

These schools provide an invaluable service in their local communities and also make a significant contribution to the UK in both financial and academic terms: 56 per cent of 2009 graduates from COBIS (Council of British International Schools) institutions went on to university in the UK. It sometimes seems as though British independent education is admired everywhere in the world, except in the UK.

Roger Fry, Chairman, Council of British International Schools (COBIS), Farnborough, Hampshire.

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