Fees & Bursaries


Fees at St Margaret's are charged termly in advance and paid by direct debit either by the first day of each term or over 10 months (September – June).


Kindergarten Fees

In order to benefit from the activities organised in the Kindergarten and to assist with settling in and confidence building, we recommend a minimum of three sessions per week. A session is based on half a day and can be booked on a full day basis (2 sessions) or half day basis in the morning.
 
For example, a child staying for 5 mornings would attend 5 sessions for 20 hours per week, a child staying for 2 and a half days would also attend 5 sessions for 19 hours per week.
 
Fees for a morning session include a morning snack and a hot lunch in the Dining Hall. Fees for a full day session also include an afternoon snack. 

We are currently able to offer parents a maximum of 15 hours free entitlement per week for a maximum of 36 weeks per year. Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay fees up to a child's 5th birthday and for after school activities and holiday clubs throughout their time at St Margaret's. 

From September 2020

SESSIONS:

OPENING HOURS:

FEES PER DAY
(EXCLUDING FUNDING):

Optional Drop Off

8:00am

Free of charge

School opens/registration

8:15am - 8.25am

 

Full Day Session (7.5 hours)

8:30am - 4:00pm

£6.97 p.h.
(£52.30 per day session)

Morning Session (4 hours)

8:30am - 12:30pm

£6.97 p.h.
(£27.90 per morning session)

 

Free Entitlement Funding

Please note, the fees quoted above do not take into account the free nursery entitlement funding.
 
We are currently able to offer parents a maximum of 15 hours free entitlement per week for a maximum of 36 weeks per year - the 15 hours must be taken over a minimum of 2 days. Funding is allocated by the Council from the term following the child's third birthday.

Enrichment Charge

Children who attend St Margaret’s Kindergarten benefit from specialist tuition in Swimming, Music, French, PE and Computing each week. These lessons take place during the morning Kindergarten sessions. The children also access selected, age-appropriate school events throughout the year such as visiting theatre companies, author visits, charity fund-raisers and sports day. There is an ‘Enrichment’ charge for these activities which is invoiced on a termly basis and applies to all children attending Kindergarten. As the length of terms vary, the charges will differ slightly each term, however, on average, for a child attending 15 hours per week, the enrichment charge is in the region of £540 per term.
 
Please note, there are NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES on top of the enrichment charge during the term for sporting activities, snacks and hot lunches.
 
Parents booking additional hours outside the 15 hours free entitlement will be charged at £6.97 per hour and wrap around care will be charged separately. These charges will also be invoiced termly.
 
Children are entitled to a grant from the term following their 3rd birthday until the term in which they have their 5th birthday.


Pre-Prep & Prep Fees

Fees per term for the autumn term 2020 to summer term 2021 inclusive.

All fees include a morning and afternoon snack and a hot lunch in the Dining Hall.

Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay fees up to a child's 5th birthday and for after school activities and holiday clubs throughout their time at St Margaret's.

PRE-PREP

FEES PER TERM

Reception (prior to 5th birthday - includes 15 hours funding)

£2,475.40 autumn
£2,752.60 spring
£2,689.60 summer

Reception (after 5th birthday - funding not applicable)

£3,370

Years 1 & 2

£3,370

 

PREP

FEES PER TERM

Years 3 & 4

£4,120

Years 5 & 6

£4,590


Admission Fees & Additional Charges

 

ADMISSION FEES:

 

Registration Fee

£75

Acceptance Fee (Deducted from the final invoice at the end of Year 6.  Please refer to the 'admissions process' section for full details.)

£500

 

PERFORMING ARTS

FEES PER TERM

Music (per instrument)

£260

Speech & Drama

£255

 

LEARNING SUPPORT

FEES PER TERM

SEN/Speech & Language Therapy Assessment

£50 (administrative charge)

Learning Support with Specialist Teacher (individual/group)

1/2 hour lesson: £268 per child/pro-rata depending on size of group

Learning Support with Educational Support Assistant (individual/group)

1/2 hour lesson: £148 per child/pro-rata depending on size of group


Payment by Direct Debit

The following payment options are available to parents:

Termly payment in advance by direct debit - to be paid by the first day of each term 

Monthly payment by direct debit - the termly fee will be divided by the number of months per term:

Autumn term - 4 months;
Spring term - 3 months;
Summer term - 3 months.

No interest charge or discount will be levied. Please note that late payments continue to attract interest charged at the prevailing credit card rate.


Bursaries & Discounts

St Margaret's is delighted to be able to offer means-tested Community Bursaries for local children. 

Our intention is to extend our education opportunities to the wider community and to those children who show academic promise and demonstrate competency in the high-ability range, but whose families have limited financial means.

As children will be required to successfully complete a range of assessments which measure underlying skills, English and Maths, we believe that the Bursaries should apply to children either entering, or currently in, Prep (Years 3-6) in the year of the award. Each application will be means-tested and individually assessed based on specific criteria.

We ask that families interested in applying for funding complete a 'Statement of Financial Circumstances' form to support their application for an Award. All applications are handled by a third party (BAL) who will determine eligibility and the level of potential funding. 
 
Depending on family circumstances, children may start at St Margaret's at the beginning of the autumn, spring or summer term. To discuss the Bursary in more detail or to obtain an information pack, please contact Mrs Simone Hughes in Admissions.
 

HM Forces Discount:

Additionally, we are also delighted to offer means-tested discount of up to 20% for members of the permanent Armed Forces (or Reservists on full-time duties, for the duration of those duties) with children in Year 1 and above.
 
Community or HM Forces funding may be applied for at any time of the year and the Bursary may commence with immediate effect or from the term following the confirmation of funding.
 

Sibling Discount

St Margaret ’s offers a sibling discount scheme for all children once they commence their full-time education in the Reception class; discounts will be applied according to the rate of fees paid. Families with more than one child at St Margaret’s will be entitled to a 5% discount for the second eldest child. The third and subsequent children will be entitled to a fee reduction of 15%. Children are expected to complete their education at St Margaret’s at the end of the summer term in Year 6 and in this instance siblings will retain their existing discounts. However, if a child leaves prior to the end of Year 6, the discount will be re-calculated depending on the number of children attending the school. This scheme applies only to St Margaret’s and does not include older daughters at St Mary’s.
 
Staff of either St Margaret’s or St Mary’s, will only be entitled to a single form of additional discount at any one time, and in such cases the greatest fee reduction will apply.

Notice of withdrawal

A term’s notice in writing, or payment of a term’s fees in lieu thereof, is required before a child is removed from the school.

Similarly, a term’s notice is required before Music or Speech & Drama Lessons are discontinued. No reduction can be made for temporary absence through illness or any other cause, but an insurance scheme is available which provides rebate of fees in case of illness or absence due to quarantine. Please note, fees are subject to variation.


Insurance

All pupils are covered by the Students’ Personal Accident Insurance Scheme, which is provided free of charge by the School.