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Working in Independent school - do you get help with DCs fees?

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dinosaurinmybelly Wed 03-Apr-13 18:14:55

Hello -

I'm hoping that someone out there works at an independent school and can tell me if taking a job at such a school might also offer a little help with the school fees.

I am a SAHM hoping to return to the workforce next year and this could be just the solution for us as it would mean I could be with my DCs during their holidays. If we could also get some help with their fees it would be wonderful.

All advice welcome - I am based in London, I do not have a PGCE (have an MSc Finance) but was thinking I could perhaps offer administrative services. I'm planning now as I am sure these roles are hard to come by.

LIZS Wed 03-Apr-13 18:17:51

Not sure if same for admin but ft teaching staff can get up to 50% locally. Those jobs are like gold dust though and normally expect some school admin experience.

Murtette Wed 03-Apr-13 23:30:45

Depends. The school I was at offered a 33% reduction but only for the first two DC and only for teaching staff as opposed to admin, maintenance etc staff.

PollyEthelEileen Thu 04-Apr-13 07:51:55

My school gives the same discount to all staff.

My DDs' school doesn't give staff discounts at all, but my DSs' school gave 67%.

It is highly variable, and really a matter of luck where you end up.

meditrina Thu 04-Apr-13 08:03:38

Don't count on being with DCs during the holidays. The admin staff are often very busy during those times, what with termly bills falling due then.
Check carefully; it can be as little as a week off at both Christmas and Easter.

Waferthinmint Thu 04-Apr-13 08:06:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PollyEthelEileen Thu 04-Apr-13 08:14:01

Our admin staff get the statutory 28 days holiday. There is always someone in school, except for public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year.

We pick up a lot of new pupils in the holidays, so it is very important to have someone to answer the phone etc.

We have an on-site holiday camp, so it would be possible to spend time with the children during the workday.

1stMrsFrugal Thu 04-Apr-13 19:33:31

I work full time all year round in an independent school and I would get 33% discount for first DC and 50% for others. If you work term time only this discount is prorataed. Another school I interviewed at only gave discount to teaching staff, but it was 50% discount. It seems to vary, but generally yes, it does happen.

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