Exclusive: Hundreds private schools ‘bust by Christmas’

Insiders say parents are refusing to pay fees at some schools, while in some cases governors are “wrestling” with how much discount should be given for pupils now learning at home.

“It’s probably best not to say half – because there could be even more than that. The North of England could become a desert when it comes to independent schools.”

With around 2,300 independent schools across the country, that would mean more than 300 schools becoming extinct by Christmas.