The cost of a boarding school is split between the tuition costs and the accommodation costs. In 2016 the average overall costs of UK boarding schools were around £30,000 per annum. The cheapest were £24,750 and the most expensive can now reach to around £45,000.
Parents should be aware that many schools differentiate their prices between British and International parents, often justifying this on extra services provided to foreign pupils such as additional English tuition and Airport transportation costs, even when such extras are not provided! Parents also need to be aware that some schools base this price differentiation on the country of residence of the parents rather than the nationality of their passports.
Some schools allow weekly boarding or flexi boarding permitting children to return home for the weekends. However, you will normally find that the discount for the fewer days rarely adds up to a pro rata discount.
Full boarding fees will typically cover meals, text books, and laundry but not school uniform, guardianship or insurance. Typically extras such as extra curricular activities, music lessons, horse riding and weekend trips are charged as extra.
Most schools offer a range of scholarships, which are awarded after success in test papers or audition. There may also be bursaries, but these are often confined to British Nationals or given as top ups to those winning scholarships.
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