Effective Autumn Term 2022 (until further notice)

Registration Fee

A non-returnable registration fee of £100; to accompany your Registration Application.

Acceptance Deposit

  • The acceptance deposit is payable upon acceptance of an offered place. This will be credited against the final school account, i.e. the closing account at the end of the final term at school. It is not otherwise returnable.
  • £500 for Reception to Year 2; £1,000 for Year 3 to Year 13
  • Parents who cancel acceptance on more than a full term’s notice before entry will not be required to pay Fees in lieu of notice but the deposit will be retained by the School
  • Parents who cancel acceptance on less than a full term’s notice before entry will be required to pay Fees in lieu of notice, less the deposit paid.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees by year group:
  • Year 1 to Year2        £4,180
  • Year 3 to Year 6      £4,410
  • Year 7 to Year 13    £5,340 (excluding external examination fees)

The lunch charges for 2022-23, which are compulsory for all pupils and will be added to termly invoices, will be £285, per term.

Optional refreshment charges will be as follows:

  • Breakfast Club (now from 7.30am)    £3.10
  • Tuck Shop    80p to £1.35 per item

Other charges for the additional specialist quality facilities which the School provides, will be
set as follows:

  •  Music – Instrumental lessons: individual tuition: £235 per term (10 lessons)
  • After School Club charging structure: a standard charge of £4.50 per half hour or part half hour and a separate charge for tea of £2.35 per session.
  • Please note that the After School Club closes at 6pm. There will be a late collection charge after 6pm of £10 per occurrence.

Payment Due Dates

Fees are due, and it is a condition of acceptance that fees are paid, before the first day of each term. A term’s fee invoices will normally be prepared and posted to parents/ guardians around the end of the previous term.

If you have not received a fee invoice for a term at least 14 days in advance of the start of term please contact the Bursar to obtain a further copy so that you can ensure payment of fees by the start of term.

Payment Options

Fees are required to be paid in full before the first day of term.

Payment should be made by direct bank transfer to the School bank account, details of which appear on each fee invoice. For the payment reference, please use your family name and the account code appearing on the invoice.

Payment of fees may also be made by cheque. Please send the cheque, together with the remittance advice slip at the bottom of the invoice, to the Domestic Bursar.

The School has arrangements with two finance companies, experienced in working with parents of independent schools, whereby families may spread the invoiced costs over the year. Payment will be by monthly direct debit to the finance company, with a small transaction fee applying. Full details are available on the fees section of the School website or from the School Reception.

Late Payment Charges

Interest will be charged on a daily basis at a rate of up to 1.5% per month on fees which remain unpaid. The parents or guardians will also be liable to pay all costs, fees and charges including legal fees and costs reasonably incurred by the School to recover any unpaid fees, regardless of the value of the School’s claim. In particular, in the event of non-payment, parents or guardians will be liable for an administration charge of £15 per reminder letter sent and if a cheque is returned unpaid by our bank.

Withdrawal – Fees in Lieu of Notice

Under the conditions of acceptance, a term’s written notice of withdrawal is required to be given to the Headmistress (for both Prep and Senior), even if it is provisional. This means written notice must be given before the first day of a term to expire at the end of that term. You are advised to contact the Headmistress or her PA in the event that you have not received a written acknowledgement of any written notice. A term’s fees in lieu of notice will be charged for withdrawals for which notice is not given.


Deposits for pupils leaving the School will be returned during the term following departure, after deducting any outstanding sums due to the School. Alternatively, upon their daughter leaving, parents may wish to consider leaving their deposits to be applied specifically to the School’s Bursary Fund, which will assist access to the School for able girls whose parents would not otherwise be able to afford the fees.

Personal accident and insurance covers

As from 2017-18 school fees are inclusive of the cost of personal accident cover for pupils as a consequence of accidents whilst at school or during any activity arranged through the school. If you require further details of cover, please contact the Bursar.

Unfortunately, for the time being, due to insurer restrictions arising from COVID-19, travel insurance cover is no longer included within the School’s insurance cover. Insurance cover will be arranged on a trip by trip basis.

Fees Paid in Advance

Tuition fees may be paid in advance and the School offers a discount, subject to market interest rate conditions, further details of which can be obtained from bursar@stcatherineschool.co.uk

Loan Plan

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Pupil Cover

Personal Accident insurance cover, including dental, is held for all pupils from when they join until they leave St Catherine’s School. The premium cost is included as part of the tuition fees. Further details of the cover are available in the attached document.