Independent schools in England are expensive. The price varies according to factors such as prestige, quality of facilities and location, but for 2016/17 range between £16,000 - 30,000 for day education and £28,000 – 40,000 per annum for full boarding at senior school.
Fees are no indicator of the quality of teaching – although this is generally very high. However, “extras”, such as uniform, extra-curricular activities, additional tutoring and (in some cases) books can add 10% or more on top of the fees (i.e. £2,000 – 4,000 per annum).
If a child is offered a place, schools require payment of one term’s fees in advance as well as a deposit to cover the extras.
Other costs to bear in mind are:
- Guardianship – from £3,300 per annum plus accommodation for holidays and exeats
- Flights and transfers – three return flights each year, plus another three if the child returns home at half term.
In total, the costs amount to £35,000 – 50,000 per annum (excluding the deposit), due in three instalments over the year.