Many parents would send their children to an independent school if they could afford to.
This is the main finding of research carried out by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), which discovered that 57 per cent of mums and dads would like their offspring to be educated at such an institution.
In 2002, this figure was only 48 per cent and it shows how opinions are changing on this type of learning centre.
On top of this, only 25 per cent of respondents said they would never send their child to one of these schools.
Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, Deputy General Secretary and Head of Research at ISC, said: "This survey shows that the public increasingly recognise the exceptional quality of education provided by independent schools."
He added the ability to offer bespoke education means they are giving pupils the best possible start in life.
For 51 per cent of people, the main reason for using an independent school would be because of the better education their children would be offered.