This section is designed to give you a more detailed view on typical boarding costs, although we can only give examples based on 2016/7 typical figures.
The average boarding school fees for years 12 and 13 is approximately £30,000 per annum. The lowest is currently £24,750 p.a., but these schools are 100+ miles away from London, because prices are heaviest in London and the Home Counties.
Heritage / Public Schools are currently nearer to £40,000 p.a.
Some schools set their fees the same for all years in the senior school, whereas some set lower fees for the early years. The situation is particularly sensitive from ages 11 to 13, where some schools charge significantly lower fees e.g £23,000.
The average fees for prep boarding schools tend to be between £21,000 to £24,000.
You may see some schools quoting boarding fees as low as £14,000 p.a , but these are usually State Boarding Schools, where the boarding costs are low but there are no tuition fees for EU Nationals and additionally the academic results are significantly less than private schools.
Over the last 10 years there has been inflation in boarding fees between 6% to 10% per annum. In 2016 that dropped to 3.5% but that figure was still twice the rate of UK inflation.
International parents are often charged higher fees, to include additional English tuition. They should also be aware that most schools will insist on an initial deposit close to one term’s boarding fees.
Full board fees typically include all meals, laundry and text books, but you need to check this. Boarding parents are charged as extras –
School uniform and games kit
Medical insurance (e.g. £100)
Musical instrument tuition (e.g £25 per lesson and £50 per term instrument hire)
Exam fees and UCAS fees
Guardianship (e.g £2000 to £3000 per year)
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