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Is £2,968 expensive (per term) for private schooling?

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BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 12:59:02


I don't know much about private schooling, but included them on our school visits. Our favourite school is a private one. It's definitely our final choice... If she gets a place!

It's £2,968 per term - that includes tuition, lunches, swimming, library and insurance.

Is that expensive???

esiotrot2015 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:01:52

I think that's about right for where we live , south east

When you factor in childcare & afterschool clubs which your won't need it's not as bad as you think

It's usually around two thousand a term

toffeeboffin Fri 27-Jan-17 13:02:40

Sounds OK to me.

LIZS Fri 27-Jan-17 13:04:02

Whereabouts and for what age? Typical for pre prep in SE but probably expensive in NE.

BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 13:12:39

In Essex, for Reception - Form 6.

LIZS Fri 27-Jan-17 13:18:38

Most increase around year 3 , so if to year 6 good value but less so at Reception. Do they accept ey funding?

BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 13:22:00

Yes smile DD will be going into their nursery (which accept funding!)

So it's expensive for Reception, but cheap for Form 6? Thank you.

Bluntness100 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:24:09

Seems reasonable for reception, maybe a little low. My daughters school, for reception fifteen years ago was in the region of 12 k a year and her senior school moved up to 25k a year.

Bluntness100 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:24:35

In the south east I should add,

walkinginto2017 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:25:33

They usually set fees at reception to hook you in and then they go up as they go through the school. That price is usual for reception but would be cheap if it was still that cost in KS2 - have you got prices for latter years?

elQuintoConyo Fri 27-Jan-17 13:25:50

Sounds good to me. Mine was about that price for secondary and i left in 1991!

jelliebelly Fri 27-Jan-17 13:27:32

Sounds about right - check what they charge for each age group though - big hike from preprep to prep for example

LIZS Fri 27-Jan-17 13:27:57

Local one in SE is 3k in Reception rising to 4.5k years 5-8. Ey funding continues until term after child turns 5.

BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 13:28:01

@walkinginto2017 - it stays at that price (for Reception - Form 6) smile

ItsJustPaint Fri 27-Jan-17 13:30:50

About right for kindergarten imo

even in the north east its only a hundred pound or so cheaper hmm

walkinginto2017 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:33:19

That's really unusual if they charge the same each year throughout prep!

BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 13:34:01

They definitely do? Is that a warning sign?

Sunnyshores Fri 27-Jan-17 13:34:40

Private schools vary hugely in price due to performance, facilities, kudos (hate that, but its true).

£9k a year for reception in SE is maybe a little high for an 'average' Prep. If those prices stay the same through to Yr6 (which Id be very surprised), then thats on the low side.

BROOKSFAMILY Fri 27-Jan-17 13:35:49

There is no way I could have read that wrong!

CrumbsThatsQuick Fri 27-Jan-17 13:36:47

1/2 the price of a Zone 2 London pre-prep.

missyB1 Fri 27-Jan-17 13:40:05

I tend to look at ours by what it costs monthly, so we pay £900 a month (year 3). It did go up by £200 a month this year and there is another big increase in year 5.

NotThrowAwayMyShot Fri 27-Jan-17 13:40:49

DS & Dd went to a school which charges £3,031 for pre prep & £3,373 including lunches per term (Midlands) so I would say that's cheap.

dodgydonkeysdoodah Fri 27-Jan-17 13:53:02

Doesn't strike me as particularly expensive as they go, but it must depend where you are and the level of facilities / status compared to local equivalents. My sister pays over £5k/ term each for her two (R and Y1), but that is inner London and a very desirable school. It goes up to over £6k / term as the child reaches senior level (by which time she will be spending more on school fees than my entire household income!)

greenfolder Fri 27-Jan-17 13:53:28

reasonable but expect/factor in a 5% price hike every year and be pleasantly surprised if it is less. I am looking at prep as we are relocating. Once I have taken out £1900 for breakfast and afterschool club and £500 for lunch it works at at £3k a term ( 11500 pa gross). That is for years 5-8.

itssquidstella Fri 27-Jan-17 13:56:18

Cheap by London standards, probably about right for other areas.

Prep/junior schools in London are usually around £4K a term; senior schools cost £5-6K.

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