Watching football at the local pub over the last few weeks has given me the chance to chat to a number of delightful teenagers who have just taken their A-levels at the nearby school, the Saffron Walden County High.

As you do, we got talking about what they and their friends are planning to do next. One of them, let’s call him George, is a talented artist and wanted to study graphic design. But, as he confided, why would he pay thousands of pounds to a college for staring at a screen all day?