School fees continue to rise, so for the vast majority of families, how to put your child or children through fourteen or fifteen years of private schooling is a very real question.
The good news is that the number of families receiving fee assistance has never been greater. According to the latest census, 176,633 pupils in independent schools, over a third of the total, are now on reduced fees.
Means-tested bursaries can be very generous; across the UK more than half of pupils on such bursaries receive discounts over 50% and 5,998 pay no fees at all.
The Independent Schools Show has helped thousands of parents to take advantage of all the fee assistance options available and find affordable ways to invest in their child’s education.
Susan Hamlyn, the country’s leading authority on scholarships and bursaries, will be speaking at the Show. She has put together this quick guide to help parents start investigating the help available.
The Show provides parents with the perfect opportunity to discuss with schools the availability of bursaries and scholarships.
Consider all the financial factors
When thinking about the affordability of school fees, it is important to consider all the factors. Fees at independent boarding schools often exceed £8,000 per term, but this includes full-time care on top of education and an after-school infrastructure that London day schools cannot provide. When you factor in the real costs of au-pairs, after-school clubs and activities, boarding can seem a bargain.
Why do schools provide fee assistance schemes?
"It goes right to the heart of the school's ethos... I think you will find this is true of many schools that give bursaries, they genuinely want to equip talent wherever it is found to better serve society."
Mark Bailey, High Master of St Paul's School, speaking at the Independent Schools Show.
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