School Fees

School Fees - September 2023 to August 2024

Everything you will need to know about our fees, additional costs, discounts and terms and conditions and be found here. We aim to give you the information to help with your decision without overloading you with detail.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances and what would suit you as a family, then we are very happy to help. Should you have any queries, or would like to request a quote, please contact our Admissions Team who will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

The following fees relate to the academic year from September 2023 to August 2024.

FEES FOR Bright Beginners (AGE 6 mths) to Rising Reception (age 3) - From September 2023 to August 2024

Bright Beginners (Age 6 months) & Early Learners (Age 1) - From September 2023 to August 2024
FULL DAY RATE (07:45 to 16:00)
5 days a week (or 10 sessions/half days)£89 per day (or £4,999 per term)
4 days a week (or 8 sessions/half days)£89 per day
3 days a week (or 6 sessions/half days)£89 per day
2 days a week (or 4 sessions/half days)£89 per day
1 day a week (or 2 sessions/half days)£89 per day
Extended day (16:00 - 18:00)Additional £15 per day
First Steps and Rising Reception:
FULL DAY RATE (07:45 to 16:00)
5 days a week (or 10 sessions/half days)£88.01 per day (or £4,943 per term)
4 days a week (or 8 sessions/half days)£88.89 per day
3 days a week (or 6 sessions/half days)£91.36 per day
2 days a week (or 4 sessions/half days)£98.46 per day
1 day a week (or 2 sessions/half days)£117.90 per day
Extended day (16:00 - 18:00)Additional £15 per day

Nursery FAQs

Our daily rate is dependent upon the number of days or half days (we also call them ‘sessions’) that your child attends each week. We also know that different families need different levels of flexibility, so we aim to provide you with as much information as we can to help you calculate what your monthly fee schedule will look like:

  • The normal school day at Little Downsend runs from 08:30 to 15:30.

  • Included within your fees, you can drop your child with us from 07:45 and collect at 16:00.

  • If you would like an Extended Day, this runs from 16:00 – 18:00 and includes tea.

  • If your child attends a half-day, this is a morning: 07:45 to 12:00

  • We ask that First Steps children attend a minimum of 2 mornings per week

  • We ask that Rising Reception children attend a minimum of 4 half days per week (2 days).

  • Yes, we use electronic billing and will invoice you for fees monthly in advance.

  • During every school holiday, we offer a seamless transition to our Holiday Club, Downsend Early Years +. We offer a variety of options for you to pick and choose the days that you need. Our flexible ‘pay as you go’ option means you you never pay for holiday childcare that you do not need:

  • A full day at holiday club (8am – 5:30pm) is at a cost of £85 for Bright Beginners and Early Learners.

  • A short day (9am – 4pm) is at a cost of £65 for Bright Beginners and Early Learners.

  • A full day at holiday club (8am – 5:30pm) is at a cost of £75 for First Steps and £71 for Rising Reception.

  • A short day (9am – 4pm) is at a cost of £55 for First Steps and £51 for Rising Reception.

  • Holiday Club is at an additional cost and can be booked and paid for via our secure parent app, Cognita Connect.

  • We offer ad hoc half days at £47, which can be booked with 1 day’s notice via Cognita Connect or the School Office. (Subject to staffing).

  • Extended Day can be booked with 1 day’s notice at a cost of £15. (Subject to staffing).

  • We are registered to receive Nursery Grant Funding for all children aged three to four years. Our Finance Team will advise you on everything you need to do to set this up.

  • We are registered to receive Nursery Grant Funding for 2 year olds. Our Finance Team will advise you on everything you need to do to set this up.

  • Information on how the Universal Entitlement is calculated can be found here.

  • Yes. Our Finance Team will be able to advise you on everything you need to do to set this up. Our Admissions Team will talk you through the details when you make your application.

  • If your child is with us all day, lunch is included.

  • We ask for 1 calendar month’s notice in writing.

  • When you complete your application forms, we ask for a registration fee of £50 (non-refundable).

  • When you confirm your place, we ask for a deposit of £100 (refundable in line with T&Cs).

Fees from Reception (age 4) to Year 11 (age 16) – September 2023 to August 2024

YEAR GROUP
TERMLY FEES
Reception £4,880
Year 1£4,880
Year 2£5,156
Year 3£6,570
Year 4£6,570
Year 5£6,591
Year 6£6,591
Year 7£6,725
Year 8£6,725
Year 9£7,445
Year 10£7,445
Year 11£7,445

Reception to Year 11 FAQs

To register your child for a place from Reception to Year 11, we request a non-refundable registration fee of £150.

We then ask for a deposit of £750 to accept your child’s place. The deposit is refundable upon the date of leaving, providing all fees and other payments have been settled.

Yes. We are pleased to offer parents with more than one child in Reception or above, across the Downsend School sites, the following sibling discounts:

  • 1st child – Standard fees apply

  • 2nd child – 5% discount

  • 3rd child – 10% discount

  • 4th child – 15% discount

From Reception, we will invoice you for your fees termly, in advance. However, should you wish to pay monthly, we work with School Fee Plan who enable you to pay your school fees in monthly instalments.

Early Birds
  • Reception to Year 2: You are able to drop your child into Early Birds from 7:45am. This is included within your fees.

  • Year 3 to Year 11: Early Birds (from 7:30am): £6.50 per day

Extended Day and Supervised Study
  • Reception to Year 2: At Little Downsend, Extended Day runs from 16:00 to 18:00 and is charged at £15 which includes a light tea.

  • Year 3 to Year 6: In the Junior School, Extended Day runs until 17:45 and is charged at £12 per day and includes a light tea.

  • Year 7 to Year 11: In the Senior School, Supervised Study runs until 17:45 and is charged at £12 per day and includes a light tea.

  • We ask for a £75 contribution to the Year 3 Music Scheme.

  • Your child will be given the opportunity to opt into a wide range of trips and opportunities which will vary in price dependent upon the location.

Cognita is an appointed representative of Premium Credit Limited which is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. *School Fee Plan is a trading style of Premium Credit Limited.

Downsend School

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