Fees for full-time students
We went to the government and asked them if we could be a free school and receive funding they said no as we were far too small. Undeterred, we have decided to set up our small-human scale school as we believe it is a far better approach to education than the current model. We hope one day the government sees the value of what we are offering and agrees to fund it. In the meantime we have to try and fund it as best as we can which means inevitably asking for fees and looking for external funding too.
WE WANT OUR SCHOOL TO BE FOR ALL CHILDREN. We wish to offer bursaries of 33% , 50% and 90%. We are working hard to bring in the funding and make these available to as many children as possible. However, we will not abandon our small-scale model which we believe in whole-heartedly. We will have a maximum of 100 children at the school. The size allows everybody to get to know each other well, in a warm, friendly environment where nobody feels overawed and everybody is comfortable in their own skin. Being small allows the school to be democratically-run as everybody has a voice and can be heard in school meetings. We believe this model should be funded by the government, however, the Dept of Education say a secondary school should have a minimum of 100 students per year group to receive funding, while we have no more than 20.
So our initiative needs to be funded by fees or donors and sponsors. Fees are currently set at 2,480 per term which are amongst the lowest in the country for a secondary independent school.
We are currently looking for funding, sponsorship and donations from individuals and organisations that share our values for an education that is creative, soulful and democratic. Any money raised would be used firstly to help with the start-up costs and secondly to subside the fees. The fund for bursaries will come firstly from having enough full-time students and secondly from funds donated.
Parents can also apply for grants using the “The Guide to Educational Grants” There are a huge variety of grants available to children from all sorts of backgrounds. We have a copy of the book for you to consult or you can inquire at your local library. There will be a means tested bursary of up to 33% for a small number of places. One place per year will be on a 90% bursary for special cases and is open to students who experience financial hardship.
The school is a charity, that is to say a non-profit making organisation and any surplus income will be reinvested into the school. The fees will cover the costs of the excellent holistic education the school offers and provide for the school’s development in the future.
- There is a £500 non-returnable deposit payable on admission to reserve a place. This will be deducted from the first term’s fees.
- Fees are payable by the first day of each term for termly payments and the first day of each month for monthly installments
- A full term’s notice is required if a student is to be withdrawn.
- Other charges like the annual School Camp in the final week is charged at cost and is not covered by the fees.
- Lunch and day trips are included in the fees.
- Fees and extras are subject to annual review.