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TigerBabyyy Sun 29-Sep-13 16:53:28

Of private primary schools in lancashire north west area?

Are there alot of extra things you have to pay for?

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 29-Sep-13 18:45:34

Most private schools publish their fees on their websites so you can check the ones you are interested in.
I'm not in your area.

TigerBabyyy Sun 29-Sep-13 19:25:26

I ve had alook on there websites and cant see a price list.

I thought they didnt publish their fees as they wanted people to maybe ring instead so they could use sales tactics?

Just a thought though

difficultpickle Sun 29-Sep-13 20:11:37

Are you sure the fees aren't on their websites? I'm not in your area but I can't think of a school I've looked at that didn't have fee info on their website. Do a sitemap search as sometimes it isn't always obvious.

lunar1 Sun 29-Sep-13 20:16:23

I'm in the nw, the prep is 6700 per year and the senior is 9000. Extras last year were less than 100 but are obviously more when they start residential trips and extra curricular lessons.

Uniform can all be bought second hand in the PTA shop. New it was about £250 per year. Nobody cares if you buy second hand. To be honest most parents just pass it on if they know you have a younger one who will use it.

TigerBabyyy Sun 29-Sep-13 20:16:26

Checked all their website, its no where to be seen

I did manage to find their fees on an education website £2000 per term.

difficultpickle Sun 29-Sep-13 20:19:50

£2000 per term? What age is that? Seems very cheap envy

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 29-Sep-13 20:24:25

In general you do have to search about a bit it is often hidden under admissions information. The only school round here that doesn't have it's fees on the website is really a "if you have to ask how much this is not the place for you" establishment.

TigerBabyyy Sun 29-Sep-13 20:44:39

Its for age 3-11

Dh thinks its expensive

difficultpickle Sun 29-Sep-13 20:55:49

Ours is nearly £3000 per term for reception and nearly £5000 per term once they get to year 5. Hence my envy!

TigerBabyyy Sun 29-Sep-13 23:24:59


Are you in london

difficultpickle Mon 30-Sep-13 00:05:03

No but we are in the south east. I think fees are even higher in London and there are schools near us with even higher fees.

BadgerB Mon 30-Sep-13 06:10:52

In the North Midlands £3000 to £4000 is the usual price for primary/prep, going up to £5k to £6K for Ys 7&8 in preps that go to age 13.

happygardening Mon 30-Sep-13 07:17:44

"if you have to ask how much this is this is not the place for you" establishment."
Even the most expensive and well know state their fees very clearly usually in the admissions section.
I suspect you won't find many/any in the UK charging less than £2000 I've just looked up two of our local not overly well regarded schools with no specialised teachers both want at least £2700 for infants rising to over £3000 for juniors. For a well regarded one with specialised teachers add at the very least another £1300 per term. We're not in London.

TigerBabyyy Mon 30-Sep-13 10:24:07

Do you think its worth the money?

Some prep schools are worth every penny and others are not. It depends on each individual school, the quality of the local state primary schools and what will suit each individual child.

For us, a prep school was the best option but had we lived in a different part of London or been eligible for the local faith primaries, then it would have been a more complicated choice.

crazymum53 Mon 30-Sep-13 11:00:50

My old school in Lancashire charges £2200 per term for Infants and Juniors but this does not include lunch which is extra. You may be able to take a packed lunch though!
On the website it states that there will be extra charges for trips (residential or day) but this would apply to any school (state or private).
You may also need to pay extra for instrumental music lessons and sports activities where an outside coach is used who doesn't teach at the school, but this sort of activity wouldn't be compulsory.

Norudeshitrequired Mon 30-Sep-13 11:17:44

I'm int he north west and most if the private primary schools near me (we have quite a few to choose from) are in the region of £6000-£7000 per year. Some include the extras in the fees and others charge for those separately.
What part of Lancashire are we talking? Bury, Bolton Blackburn?
Yo usually find fees info under the admission tab.

happygardening Mon 30-Sep-13 12:09:31

Do I think it's worth the money?
We've paid virtually all the way since nursery for one or other of my DS's there are times when either at the time or in retrospect it wasn't worth the money, currently I feels it's worth every hard earned penny. You need to look at your child and try and decide where they will thrive (not an easy thing to do), work out what you can expect and want from education/what you can afford and factor in where you live. We're rural we have excellent state senior schools but I still pay for one DS.

TigerBabyyy Mon 30-Sep-13 13:12:45

Do you feel your children would be the same academically if they went to a state school?

Are they smaller classes in private school?

What made you choose private school?

exexpat Mon 30-Sep-13 13:18:24

Just google the name of the school and 'fees' and I would be very surprised if you couldn't find what you're looking for (even Eton has its fees very clearly on its website). You can do the same for comparable schools to get an idea what the going rate is. Whether it is worth it is entirely a question for you, and depends on you child, his/her needs, and what the alternatives are like. Why are you thinking of going private?

TigerBabyyy Mon 30-Sep-13 13:31:08

Your going to think im a right snob for saying this but...

I left school 12 years ago with the lowest GCSEs you could get.

Alot of classes i was in had children in that misbehaved and took up alot of the teachers time etc.

Primary school was very much the same. I went to the very nearest school as it was convenient for my mum. The schools i went to had a good exam success rate, but there was also alot of children in there that came from rough backgrounds and disrupted the class.

I dont want this for dd. shes only 11 months, but i want her to really thrive academically etc and get good grades etc.

happygardening Mon 30-Sep-13 14:07:12

OP in answer to you questions:
I suspect in terms of academic results my DS2 who we still pay for would probably achieve the same type of grades as he was offered a place at one of the countries top 10 grammar schools. But we are interested in universities outside of the UK a natural next step for those who've boarded since an early age and when we were making our decision state schools were definitely not up to speed on these. The very bright we're being aimed at Oxbridge in fact I doubt many are now really pushing the Ivy League etc for the very able.
Yes the classes are usually significantly smaller, at prep 8-15 depending on the subject and yr, at senior single for some classes e.g, MFL there are 7-8 in others up to a max of 18.
Finally we chose it because we like boarding my DS's boarded from yr 3, and I like the ethos/opportunities/staff and it was a good fit for my DS.

exexpat Mon 30-Sep-13 14:16:58

She's only a baby! You have got plenty of time to think about it, but I would recommend looking at your local primaries too - unless you now live in an area with a lot of social problems, I think you are unlikely to find that much disruption in primary classes.

And if you are not impressed with your local schools, you might find it better value to move to an area with better schools, rather than committing to paying school fees for the whole 14 years of school education for your DD and any other children you have. You are probably looking at a bill of something like £150,000 per child for the total 14 years (not allowing for inflation).

exexpat Mon 30-Sep-13 14:23:06

Oh, and to answer your question: DC1 has been at a private school since year 7, DC2 since year 3. They are both very academically inclined children (pretty much everyone in our family is an Oxbridge graduate, and they are looking as if they may follow the same pattern), and the schools they are now at suit them better than the local state alternatives.

I realised when DC1 started year 7 that he had been seriously bored and underchallenged at his old state primary, which is why I decided to move DC2 earlier. The school they moved from is 'outstanding', extremely popular and oversubscribed - it just didn't suit us.

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