Fees - Session 2017/2018
|Junior 1 & 2
|Junior 5 & 6
|Transitus & Senior I
The above fees are fully inclusive of the Pupils’ Personal Accident Scheme premium. In addition, the Capital Levy is £250 per pupil for J1 to J6 and £350 per pupil for Transitus to Senior VI.
* incl Former Pupils' Association Membership £60
Methods of Payment
Parents can choose one of two ways to pay school fees:
1. Annual Lump Sum Payment
Payable before the Friday of the first week of term by cheque or BACS when a discount of 0.5% can be taken on tuition fees only.
2. Direct Debit Instalments
All direct debit collections will be taken over ten months on the first business day of each month from September to June. If required, please download and return the completed direct debit mandate to the Finance Office. Direct Debit Mandate Form
Direct Debit Mandate
Childcare Vouchers/Salary Sacrifice
Childcare vouchers can be provided by some employers as a salary sacrifice scheme. This means that you agree to reduce your salary by a certain value and receive childcare vouchers to the same value but pay no tax or National Insurance on these vouchers. As a result, it is possible to save around £1000 per year. St Columba's will accept childcare vouchers towards the cost of Early Years’ fees.
Advance Fees Scheme (Future Years)
The School continues to operate an advanced fees scheme, details of which can be obtained from the Head of Finance & Operations.
On acceptance of a place at St Columba’s, a Debenture to the value of £350 must be purchased for all new entrants. A refund equivalent to the original value of the Debenture will be made to the registered holder upon written request, when the student finally leaves the school.
St Columba’s School is pleased to operate a bursary fund, which can provide financial assistance towards tuition fees for children who would otherwise be unable to take up places at the School.
Financial assistance is available for prospective new pupils looking to join in Junior I through to Senior VI and is on a means tested basis. The level of financial support awarded ranges from 10% to 100% of tuition fees depending on the financial circumstances of the applicants and the availability of bursary funds. Please note that financial assistance covers only tuition fees. Other items such as uniform, lunches, trips, use of the daily school buses and other ancillary costs require to be funded by parental means.
Applicants who are granted financial assistance will be subject to the School’s normal admissions policy under which places are offered in order of merit. All applicants for financial assistance must complete a confidential application form disclosing full details of their income and assets. All relevant documentary evidence must be provided. Further information or clarification can be obtained from the Head of Finance & Operations.
Requests for financial assistance will not be considered unless an application for admission to attend the School has been made and accepted.
Applications for new entrants should be made by December for entry to the School in the following academic session as most awards are made early in the calendar year, in line with the timescale for the admissions process. Awards may be made at other times, if bursary funding is available.
Following assessment of the information provided in the Financial Assistance Form the School’s Bursary Committee, which includes members of the Board of Governors, decides the level of support to be awarded, if any. Applicants may be unsuccessful if there is insufficient evidence of financial need or if insufficient bursary funds are available. There is no right of appeal following the award decision. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in future years. The School reserves the right to refuse any application for financial assistance which is found to contain falsified information or documentation.
Should an application for financial assistance be successful, a formal offer will be made in writing.
Bursary awards will be shown as a deduction from the tuition fees on the annual fee note which is sent out by the Finance Department. No actual payment will be made to the parent.
Existing awards are reviewed by the Bursary Committee on an annual basis and may be reduced or withdrawn at the School’s sole discretion should circumstances change.
Financial Assistance Application Form