Fees at St Mary’s represent good value for money and are competitive. We strive to keep fee increases to a minimum while still providing our pupils with the quality of education we both we and our parents expect.

We endeavour to be open and transparent with fees, to clearly outline what is included and what are potentially additional costs. St Mary's School fees are inclusive of:

  • accident insurance
  • lunch and drinks (including milk in the Lower School)
  • certain books are included in the fees, but there are some additional books (depending on the subjects) that do incur an extra cost
  • extra tuition and learning support are also included in school fees


Additional fees or 'extras' include:

  • Entry fees for external examinations are not included and are payable separately on application. This is normal at most independent schools.
  • Private music lessons are available for singing, all string, woodwind and brass instruments, guitar and drums and are each £150.00 per term, payable to the individual music teacher.
  • Breakfast Club, £2.50
  • Homework Club, £2
  • There are some extra-curricular activities that incur an additional cost (eg ballet, tennis etc). These costs will be outlined before pupils sign up.
  • Some trips, both optional and part of the curriculum, incur a cost.  
Preparatory Class (minimum) £2,150
Preparatory Class, Years 1 & 2 £3,070
Years 3 & 4 £3,585
Years 5 & 6 £3,855
Years 7, 8 & 9 £4,490
Years 10 & 11 £4,715

There are three terms per academic year.


Payment of fees

Fees are payable in advance by the first day of each term. There is a range of ways for parents to pay their fees, including termly cheque, bank transfer or direct debit. Parents who wish to pay several years’ fees in advance, may be able to take advantage of a discount and should contact the Finance Office for a quote.

My School Fee Plan

A single non-returnable Entry Deposit of £200 is required on acceptance of a place and is refunded after the end of a pupil’s final term in the school, following final adjustments.


Financial assistance

Bursaries and Senior School Scholarships are available. Please contact the school for information or visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page. Additionally, parents may wish to contact an Independent Financial Adviser who can provide you with information on relevant savings’ schemes.





Annual changes to fees

Please note that fees are reviewed every Summer term.


Kindergarten sessions and pricing from 1 January 2016

(may be subject to review)

Core Day (inc cooked lunch)
Morning (inc cooked lunch)
8:30am- 1:00pm
1:00pm- 3:30pm
* A booking of five Core Days per week attracts a fee discount of 10% (not applicable to lunches).
session Times Cost
Early Start (inc breakfast)
7:30am- 8:30am
Extended Stay 1
Extended Stay 2 (inc tea)
Extended Stay 3** (inc tea)

** a minimum of 48 hours' notice is required.


Fees payment

Fees are invoiced monthly in advance for regular booked sessions, while any ad hoc sessions are invoiced with the following month's fees.


Free entitlement

Three- and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education a week during term time. This free entitlement is paid from the beginning of the term after the child turns three. For full details please refer to

Free early education

Free entitlement may only be applied to Core Day sessions and entitles the child to five hours in the Kindergarten per day, with the balance met by parents.


Childcare vouchers

St Mary's is able to deal with all approved providers of Childcare Vouchers. Please contact the school Finance Office on 01206 572544 to discuss your particular requirements.

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Mrs Justine Tierney
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