I'm afraid I think you are stuck with the situation (as frustrating as it is). We were in your situation last year, having paid deposits to two schools in the area, Eaton House being one, and then we decided to move out of the area. As one poster has already mentioned, at least Eaton House does actually commit to return deposit and fees (minus reasonable admin fee) if they are able to fill the place in their Ts&Cs which is fairly reasonable from a
legal perspective and is more than the other local private schools offer. I suppose we were lucky because our place was filled over the summer and Eaton House notified us of this and did not quibble about returning our deposit and fees. We had to battle the other school in question until earlier this year as they refused to confirm whether or not our place was filled (from which we drew the conclusion that it had been filled or else why would they not confirm to us - we said we were willing to walk away from the deposit and first term's fees if the place had not been filled as that seemed fair enough). Finally, I wouldn't always assume that these schools start the term full, in most cases they do (or can fill a space within the first term as new people move into the area) but I know last year a number of schools, including one in particular that is very sought after/assessed entry etc, were ringing round parent friends of mine offering their children reception places in late August to start a few weeks later in the September. Fingers crossed your place does get filled over the summer and you never know, even if it doesn't and you have to pay the fees, they might fill the space once term has started so I would keep calling them to check throughout the Autumn, if it does and they've collected a deposit from that child's parents, they might be willing to refund you some part of your fees and deposit. Good luck!