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 Post subject: School fee rises
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:09 am 
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:shock: I have worked out that fees for the prep school my child attends has risen by over 70% in nominal terms over 10 years! Surely such rises are unsustainable- especially when wages are fairly stagnant and the economy has gone through a prolonged recession? Will this mean private schools will only be for the wealthy, where grandparents finance etc.? Truly shocked by this.


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 Post subject: Re: School fee rises
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:15 am 
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yes they certainly do increase steadily, my experience was of it increasing rather more than that - started in 1997 at about £800/term and finished 2008 @ £2200..

Still way below senior fees.

There are plenty of people who still have the money however have seen a number of prep schools struggle over the years, usually the smaller ones with palatial buildings and large grounds which cost a fortune to keep up. One locally is some of the land for development to enable work to be done on the listed main building


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 Post subject: Re: School fee rises
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:01 am 
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That's some increase! My child's fees for their last year have nudged over £4k (and we are not in London!) so in actual fact there is not a great deal of difference between this and some senior schools fees, especially the lower years. Facilities are far from great/ palatial.


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 Post subject: Re: School fee rises
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:19 am 
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4k is a lot for prep!

Just thinking about it, the increase I mentioned referred to 2 different preps so might look more than it was - prep 1 started at £800 and is now (17 years later) £1990

Prep 2 was about £1600 in 2005 and is £2650 now.

Just checked a couple of others locally
£2700,
£3650 (yrs 5/6) 4250 (yrs 7/8) - struggling financially
£2920 (was boys only now coed)


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