The American School in London is Britain’s most expensive day school, charging an astonishing £32,650-a-year in fees to the capital’s loftiest bankers, corporate lawyers and celebrities.
At pick-up, parents rub shoulders with footballers Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta, Hollywood siren Salma Hayek and the occasional plutocrat and oligarch.
To a certain breed of turbo-powered Londoner, having children at ‘ASL’ is a badge of wealth and privilege, denoting membership of an exclusive club where your child becomes what the prospectus dubs a ‘lifelong learner and courageous global citizen’, hopefully with top academic grades and a place at a major university.
Or at least it was.
For behind the secure walls of its state-of-the-art campus near Regent’s Park — where famous alumni range from actress Kathleen Turner to NFL star Andrew Luck and Police drummer Stewart Copeland — you will today find a spiralling culture war.
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