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Cost of indy boarding (in 10years time)

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GoldFrakkincenseAndMyrrh Tue 14-Dec-10 15:11:19

I know, I know. Flame me for even considering this for my unborn child but before you do please hear me out.

DH's job means we move a lot, and that's unlikely to change, and the French education system is in many ways fabulous but a) boarding here is often for problem children and b) they don't value creativity, originality and lateral thinking in the same way. So we're thinking ahead to the possibility of boarding in the UK at 11+ or 13+ which means they can stay in one place for secondary but this is obviously going to cost us. The last thing I want is to have to pull DC out of their school where they've settled before 6th form because we can't afford it (because that kind of defeats the point of continuity of education....) and we'd like at least 2 which means some advanced financial planning is going to be necessary.


What's the current global cost of boarding per year (with all bells, whistles, uniform and trips)?
How much is it likely to be per year in 10 years time?
How much does it/is it going to cost in total over the 5 or 7 years per child?

oshgosh Tue 14-Dec-10 16:51:16

Whatever the question is, the answer is "it will cost a lot less at a State boarding school".
At an Independent you pay for tuition + boarding. At a SBS you only pay for board.
They tend to have fairly good results; not stellar, but very respectable.

pinkhebe Tue 14-Dec-10 16:54:32

christ's hospital is £25000/year if you pay full fees

BeenBeta Tue 14-Dec-10 16:59:14

In real terms it will be at least 25% higher than today if the last 10 years are anything to go by.

School fee increases have always tended to outstrip inflation - even in the 1970s and early 1980s when I was at boarding school.

LIZS Tue 14-Dec-10 17:03:28

Currently between 15k and 30k pa but inclusions will vary. Allow for increases up to 10% per year, so in 10 years a 20k school could be 31k (assuming average 5% annual rise)

GoldFrakkincenseAndMyrrh Tue 14-Dec-10 19:21:55

State boarding would be ideal - Hockerill offers IB and RGS is very near to my parents - but given the demand for places we're considering/contingency planning the worst case, which is looking at 150k per child from 13+


They'd better choose to go to university in France or The Netherlands or we'll never be able to afford it.

mumoverseas Wed 15-Dec-10 11:48:55

DS's private boarding school is approximately 27,300 pa
DD's state boarding school is approximately 12,300 pcm.
That includes the various insurances (personal/fees/dental) but not extras such as DD's riding.

DD's fees increased by around 3% in September and DS's by around 12% shock

mummydoc Thu 16-Dec-10 15:24:38

dd boarding school with all extras taken into consideration is £27,000 per yr , this is prep though ahe is 10 and in yr 6. her fees went up 4.9 % in 2009 and then 5 % in 2010 .....i DO NOT think about what it might cost in total or even in few yrs time.

lazymumofteenagesons Thu 16-Dec-10 18:04:19

Hells bells thats some planning. If I had tried to calulate what 5/7 years of schooling for my 2 boys was going to cost I would have given up there and then.

Can you do weekly boarding, it can be slightly cheaper. We are paying fees of £20,000pa for weekly boarding.

Talkinpeace Thu 16-Dec-10 19:57:39

The other factor for UK boarding schools is that the MOD and diplomatic service are MASSIVELY clamping down on the Boarding School Allowance rules with immediate effect.
Chances are that a lot of the pupils currently getting the £5000 a term subsidy will be pulled out to state or day schools when their parents have to pay. Some schools will really really struggle.
Not sure if the fees will go up or down but there will be an impact over the next few years.

amerryscot Fri 17-Dec-10 08:36:37

Figure about £30k a year minimum in the UK. USA figures very similar. Australia is cheaper.

propatria Fri 17-Dec-10 13:20:40

South Africa even cheaper.

mummydoc Sat 18-Dec-10 15:30:52

ooh a merryscot we all have dual nationality british/ozzie ( though obviously supporting brits in the ashes ) might consider sending dd to oz to school, even factoring in flights is it still cheaper

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