Paying the fees


Paying school fees is a major financial commitment for parents and is not to be undertaken lightly. Apart from a mortgage it is probably the largest expenditure parents can make.

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    Entitlement to CEA – the Bursar’s view

    About 50 per cent of residential boarders at Gordon’s are from Service families. During the seven years I have been Bursar at Gordon’s, I have seen some trends for parents claiming the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) and from these I make three key observations.

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    Paying the fees: a major financial commitment

    Paying school fees is a major financial commitment for parents and is not to be undertaken lightly. Apart from a mortgage it is probably the largest expenditure parents can make. The opportunity to spread the payment load is limited as most schools require settlement of the previous term’s fees before allowing a pupil to return for the next term. Consequently, new cars and holidays often have to take a back seat and both parents may need to work to cover even the basic fee. Independent education is therefore, by any standards, a large financial commitment.

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  • Fees

    Fees – where do they go?

    Parents contemplating school bills have often found them difficult to fathom. Increases in school fees have several causes. First, there are the inevitable salaries and employee benefits for academic and administrative staff. Second, and most recently, national insurance increases and employer teachers’ pension increases have added significantly to costs. Schools must also maintain buildings and facilities and absorb increases in the costs of books, materials and utilities. Even schools with endowments and trust fund investments have rarely found income matching inflation. 

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    Schools offering special awards for children of personnel serving in the Armed Forces

    Armed Forces awards

    Looking specifically at grants and awards for children of those in the Armed Forces the ISBI website (www.isbi.com) lists some 200 schools. The following list has been researched from the Independent Schools Yearbook and from schools who have advised us of the concessions they offer to Service children. For full information, contact the schools direct, particularly for information on their definition of ‘generous’, and how discounts and percentages are applied to fees – there is no common interpretation. 

     

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