I am currently teaching abroad but would like to move back to the UK, largely for personal reasons. I have a son who will be moving up to Secondary soon and I'm thinking that it might do him and me very well to be in one of the really good grammar/ independents. I'm thinking Manchester, Wells, somewhere great to live with a really great school. So my question is, really, could we manage it? I am a single parent, so my income has to be enough for us both to be housed and live on. Having said that, I don't want to live in. The point of this move is largely about getting away from the insularity of that kind of life and setting up our own network of friends who are not part of school. Do teachers get paid any more in the independents than on MPS? Do teacher/ parents get free places/ fee reductions in the independents? I'm not afraid of hard work, have set up and run several clubs including STEM projects in my current school, I'm a team player who will chip in and make my mark. But in return I really do need a decent salary and a place for my son. How likely is this, do you think?