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Number crunching

This little analysis demonstrates quite how much money SCC may be proposing to throw away to no good purpose. Of course, £23 million is only the start - it is the cost of managing the project, not the cost of building new schools.

Education chief Patricia O'Brien has said the schools building cost will be between £55 and £78 million.

Pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE: Two-tier Suffolk 1
60%
Pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE: Three-tier Suffolk 1
59%
Difference between the two systems
40 pupils
Cost of schools review, project management, teacher training in switch to all-Suffolk two-tier2
£23 million
Cost per pupil for the 40 pupils
£575,000
Cost per pupil over 10 years
£57,500
Boarding fees for one pupil at Eton per year (2007 fees)
£24,990
Cost to send 40 pupils to do their GCSE year at Eton for 10 years
£9,996,000
Money saved by dropping "all 2-tier" plan and sending kids to Eton3
£13,004,000

1: Normalized figures by Prof David Jesson, York University, Annexe 4, Suffolk Policy Development Panel Report
2: Estimated cost of proposed scheme, Suffolk Policy Development Panel Report. Further cost of change to two-tier only will be £55-78 million, part-funded from sale of Middle School buildings. Source: Patricia O'Brien radio interview. Warning: the cost of local government projects can go up as well as down.
3: None of the remaining 54,960 children in Suffolk's 3 tier system would be harmed in the making of this policy.