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Any private school teachers out there? Fee remittance for teachers' children?

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flinkystanny Thu 27-Sep-12 21:22:46

I was wondering if anyone might know about this? Am in process of applying for a teaching job in a private school and it mentions that is has a generous remittance of school fees for teachers' children. I have tried googling and can't find what kind of % this might be. If I were lucky enough to be offered the position, my children being educated there would be a major factor in accepting the job or not. So I was wondering if anyone knows what it may be - 10% off, 50% off, 75% off?
Am tempted to ask the school directly but don't want to look too mercenary!

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reddaisy Thu 27-Sep-12 21:26:11

At our local indie school the reduction is 50 per cent.

MacyGracy Thu 27-Sep-12 21:31:16

My friend works at an indie in west London and they also get 50% off.

PenguinBear Thu 27-Sep-12 21:33:25

Similar reduction here. Plus greater reductions for subsequent children smile

FelicitywasSarca Thu 27-Sep-12 21:36:48

In my experience it is usually around the 50% mark, can be less (or even non existent) in very small schools (particularly pre-prep age) but can often be more in larger 13+ schools.

60% here!

flinkystanny Thu 27-Sep-12 22:20:24

Thanks people. I doubt we could afford it at even a 50% reduction but will still give it a go!

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reddaisy Thu 27-Sep-12 22:22:22

We had the same issue when I was considering applying for a role in our local independent school. And what if you left the post and couldn't afford for the children to stay on? Even at a 50 per cent discount we would have had to go without all our luxuries to be able to pay for DD to go and we have DS too now. I ended up not applying which I now regret but that is another story!!

lisad123 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:23:55

But can you also consider applying for bursaries?

FelicitywasSarca Thu 27-Sep-12 22:44:57

You can also apply for bursaries but it is very dependent on the school as to whether you would get one. If your children are Bright/gifted/talented scholarships would also knock the cost down a bit more.

In my experience teachers with children in the school just don't leave while their children are there- so it is quite a long term commitment you would be making.

I once worked in a school where a teacher had 3 children in the school who all had staff discount, plus scholarships coming out of their ears (very talented kids). The bursar was once heard to remark dryly. 'We pay THEM to come these days' grin

flinkystanny Thu 27-Sep-12 22:49:54

Lisad - that is a very good point! And seeing as I tend to get itchy after a couple of years in a post and DS will be only starting school next September I am not sure it is such a good idea.

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flinkystanny Thu 27-Sep-12 22:51:23

meant RedDaisy but thanks Lisad too - not sure mine are scholarship material- very academically average dd anf ds too young to say

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lisad123 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:53:34

Bursaries aren't done on gifted or IQ ect, they are done purely on your income smile

flinkystanny Thu 27-Sep-12 23:06:19

So would they automatically be accepted into the school being children of a teacher and then fees would be based on income? If that is the case, it could work as I have seen their bursay structure and it does look quite fair and we could then afford it

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FelicitywasSarca Thu 27-Sep-12 23:41:46

No, it's not automatic, each school will have its own policy on this. It is usual that the child in question would have to pass the relevant entrance tests. (To avoid them failing to keep up once in).

picturesinthefirelight Thu 27-Sep-12 23:54:37

Dh would be entitled to 50% off but we don't think dd would get through the entrance.

ApricotPoodle Fri 28-Sep-12 00:02:00

Have known 70% and 75% offers. In fact, friend used to say at nursery age it was cheaper than sending them state and having to pay for wrap around care.

Knowsabitabouteducation Fri 28-Sep-12 07:11:50

It can be any percentage from 0 - 100%.

The only way to find out is from the school.

flinkystanny Fri 28-Sep-12 16:32:59

My kids are preschool and Year 2 at the moment so I guess they would automatically be allowed in and then would need to pass entrance exams once they got a bit older then?

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GW297 Fri 28-Sep-12 19:09:03

Typically around 50% remuneration but I know schools where it's 0 and 30% too. Definitely ask at the interview.

picturesinthefirelight Mon 08-Oct-12 23:50:42

We would get 40% off (would be 50% if dh was full time) but as its a specialist school it's not overly likely dd would get a place.

smellysock Tue 30-Oct-12 09:02:59

Pretty generous at our school then as I get 66% discount but I think that is now down to 50% for any new staff. If you prefer not to ask at interview you could perhaps phone the bursar directly? Also bear in mind added extras like music tuition, drama trips etc it all adds quite a bit to the total bill.

thereinmadnesslies Tue 30-Oct-12 09:07:46

We get 75% from DH's employers, plus we don't have to pay for things like late stay. I think for newer staff it has gone down to 50%. We can (and will) apply for bursary and scholarships from age 11.

Darnelldebs Sun 04-Mar-18 19:18:07

My Hubby has an interview soon at a Cognita school, wondered if anyone knew what % staff discount they offer?

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