Fees and Bursaries

Fees

 

The fees we charge enable us to invest in the best teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and the vital infrastructure shared across the school network.

To find out more about fees, please check the individual school pages via the link below.

Please scroll down for the GDST coronavirus response FAQs.

School fees

  • Fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials, choral music, and games, but not optional extra subjects, school visits or lunch.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£5,713
    Junior School£4,664
    Nursery (Full time)£3,630
  • Year 1-13 the fees cover the regular curriculum, school books and other materials, games, careers guidance and public examination fees but not the optional extra subjects or lunches, which are charged separately.

    In Reception the Early Years Grant from Brighton & Hove Council is accepted, in addition the GDST offers a further rebate on fees. Lunch is not included.

    In the Nursery the Early Years Grant from Brighton & Hove Council is accepted, please contact the school to find out the appropriate fees for the number of sessions you require. Lunch is not included.

    YearTermly fee
    12-13£4,964
    10-11£4,964
    7-9£4,809
    5-6£3,514
    4£3,514
    3£3,507
    1-2£3,121
    Reception£3,121
    Nursery (Full time)£2,461
  • YearTermly fee
    12-13£5,897
    Senior School£5,897
    Junior School (including Reception)£4,755
  • The fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials, choral music, games and swimming, careers guidance and public examination fees, but not optional extra subjects or school meals. The latter are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee
    Years 10-13£5,763
    Years 7-9£5,557
    Senior School (Years 5-6)£4,560
    Years 3-4£4,485
    Years 1-2£4,107
    Reception£4,000
    Nursery (Full time)£3,349
  • Senior School, Junior School and Nursery fees include lunch (£205,33 per term)

    YearTermly fee
    Co-Ed College£4,843
    Senior School£4798.33
    Junior School (Years 3-6)£3702.33
    Junior School (Reception-Year 2)£3633.33
    Nursery (full time)£2875.33
  • YearTermly fee
    All years£5,955
  • The fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials, choral music, games and swimming, careers guidance and public examination fees, but not optional extra subjects or school meals.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior£4,470
    Junior£3,531
    Nursery£2,886
  • Senior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and scientific materials and exam fees. School lunch is compulsory for all years up to Year 11. Bursaries and academic and specialist scholarships are available.

    Junior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra activities, all stationery, textbooks and all other classroom equipment. School lunch is compulsory. The school caterers are able to provide meals that meet all dietary requirements, including medical-related conditions.

    Nursery fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and teaching materials.

    YearTermly fee
    7-13£4,918
    3-6£3,750
    1-2£3,475
    Reception£3,346
  • Fees include loan of text books, stationery and mandatory curriculum extras such as day trips.

    YearTermly fee
    7-13£5,742
    3-6£4,793
    Reception-Year 2£4,040
    Nursery£3,604
  • YearTermly fee
    Senior School£4,998
    Junior School£3,796
    Nursery (full time)£3,157
  • Fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials. Fees do not include school lunches.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£6,404
    Junior School£4,938
  • Fees include a wide range of opportunities including extra-curricular activities, curricular trips, personalised mentoring and equipment including stationery, text books, personal iPads.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£4,672
    Junior Years 3 to 6£3,389
    Junior Years 1 & 2£3,324
    Junior Reception£3,291
  • Year 5-Senior School fees cover tuition, most stationery, textbooks, scientific materials and compulsory Educational Visits. The Senior School fees also cover the costs of ISCO tests in Year 10, and membership of the GDST Alumnae network for the Sixth Form. Year 7 to 13 lunch charge £273 per pupil per term.

    Reception-Year 4 fees cover tuition, most stationery, textbooks, scientific materials and compulsory Educational Visits. Lunch charge £229 per pupil per term

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£5,363
    Years 5-6£4,064
    Years 3-4£4,025
    Years 1-2£3,525
    Reception£3,000
  • Year 7-13 fees include: Games, lunchtime and some after-school activities, stationery, text books, scientific materials, all public examinations and standardised tests, some curricular trips and field studies, careers testing and advice, membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form Leavers.

    Years 3-6 fees include: Games, lunchtime and some after-school activities, stationery, text books, some curricular trips and field studies.

    Nursery and Reception-Year 2 fees include: Games, lunchtime and some after-school activities, stationery, text books, scientific materials, some curricular trips.

    YearTermly fee
    Year 7-13£4,800
    Years 3-6£3,394
    Reception-Year 2£2,574
    Nursery (Full time)£2,574
  • Senior school fees include games, many lunchtime and after-school activities; stationery; text books and scientific materials; all public examinations and other standardised tests, including pupil career testing; ISCO careers’ advice; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers.

    Junior school fees include games, many lunchtime and after-school activities; stationery; text books and scientific materials; all public examinations and other standardised tests.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£6,609
    Junior School£5,468
  • YearTermly fee
    12-13£4,865
    12-13 (weekly boarding)£9,674
    12-13 (full boarding)£10,762
    10-11£4,751
    10-11 (weekly boarding)£9,285
    10-11 (full boarding)£10,387
    7-9£4,661
    7-9 (weekly boarding)£9,155
    7-9 (full boarding)£10,238
    3-6£3,616
    3-6 (weekly boarding)£7,961
    3-6 (full boarding)£8,906
    Reception to Year 2£3,432
    Nursery (full time)£3,432
  • Year 7-13 fees include: Games, many lunchtime and after-school activities, stationery, text books and scientific materials, all public examinations and other standardised tests, including pupil careers testing, some curricular trips and field studies, ISCO (careers advice) tests in Year 10 and membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for the Sixth Form leavers.

    Reception-Year 6 fees include: Games, many lunchtime and after-school activities, stationery, text books and scientific materials, all public examinations and other standardised tests, some curricular trips and field studies.

    YearTermly fee
    7-13£4,453
    3-6£3,283
    Reception-Year 2£3,163
    Nursery (Full time)£3,627
  • Fees include tuition across the regular curriculum, school books, games and swimming, non-residential curriculum trips, stationery, choral music and other materials. They do not cover lunches, optional extra subjects or the cost of travel to school.

    YearTermly fee
    Sixth Form£4,970
    10-11£4,923
    7-9£4,866
    4-6£3,948
    3£3,521
    1-2£3,275
    Reception£3,200
    Nursery£2,638
  • Fees include most co-curricular activities and compulsory day trips; stationery, textbooks and scientific materials; fees for public examinations and standardised tests; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers. Residential trips and lunches charged separately.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£6,498
    Junior School£5,309
  • Senior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and scientific materials and exam fees. School lunch is compulsory for all years up to Year 11. Bursaries and academic and specialist scholarships are available.

    Junior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra activities, all stationery, textbooks and all other classroom equipment. School lunch is compulsory. The school caterers are able to provide meals that meet all dietary requirements, including medical-related conditions.

    Nursery fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and teaching materials.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£6,080
    Junior School£4,724
    Nursery£3,599
  • YearTermly fee
    Senior School£5,880
    Junior School£4,575
    Nursery (full time)£3,483
  • Senior school fees include stationery, text books, some after school and lunchtime clubs, all public exams and standardised tests, Futurewise career profiling and membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for sixth form leavers.

    Prep school fees include stationery, text books, some after school and lunchtime clubs, curricular workshops and activities, all public exams and standardised tests.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£5,775
    Prep School£4,541
  • Senior School includes stationery; text books and scientific materials; games, clubs and activities; all public examinations and other standardised tests, including pupil career testing; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers.

    Junior School includes stationery; text books and scientific materials; games, clubs and activities.

    YearTermly fee
    Senior School£6,578
    Junior School£5,113

 

Direct Debit forms

FAQs

  • Fees
    • Who do I contact regarding school fees?

      For payment of school fees, including annual pre-payment but excluding Nursery fees, contact the fees administrator for your daughter’s school. Find a school.

      For enquiries relating to nursery fees, childcare vouchers and Early Years grants, contact our Fees Admin Team at feesbilling@wes.gdst.net.

      For queries relating to GDST school fee pre-payment plans (two years or more) retained deposits and staff bills, contact Ms Jacqui Ruane at jacqueline.ruane@wes.gdst.net.

      To tell us about any changes to your email address, home addresses or telephone number, contact our Fees Admin Team at feesbilling@wes.gdst.net.

    • How do you invoice for school fees?

      School fees are billed on a termly basis, prior to the start of each term, in August, December and April. Your invoice will confirm the total amount due for the forthcoming term, the collection date(s) and amounts depending on the frequency of the direct debit mandate completed.

    • How can I pay school fees?

      Our required method of payment is termly in advance by direct debit, as a concession we do offer a monthly direct debit scheme. A direct debit instruction form should be completed and returned to the Fees Department to establish the arrangement or to change Bank details for an existing direct debit. Please ensure that two clear months are given for any new instruction (although in some circumstances we can effect a change in less time).

      You may also pay school fees annually in advance by cheque and should contact the Fees Department for information on this method of payment along with information on our pre-payment scheme which allows you to pay a lump sum to cover all or part of the estimated future fees for a specific period.

    • How does the direct debit scheme work?

      For payment by termly direct debit one-third of the annual fee due will be debited to your bank account on or within the first 7 days of each term. For payment by monthly direct debit one-twelfth of the annual fee due will be debited on the 5th day of each month. If the 5th falls on a bank holiday or weekend the payment is collected on the next working day. Monthly payments commence at the beginning of the academic year in September and the last payment of the academic year is due in August.

    • Do I incur a charge if an item is unpaid by my bank?

      You will incur an administration charge of £12.00 if your direct debit is unpaid by your Bank. The Trust will write to you to confirm that the item has not been paid. If the unpaid item is due to an error made at your Bank you should contact your Bank directly upon receipt of our letter.

    • Can you re-present my direct debit if it is unpaid?

      We do not currently re-present an unpaid direct debit and you would therefore need to arrange to send a cheque/bankers draft for the sum in question (along with any charge incurred) to this office. Alternatively you may transfer the funds direct to the Trust Account but must ensure that your deposit quotes your child’s unique pupil reference number.

    • Can I pay by cheque or credit card?

      Our required method of payment is direct debit, however, if a direct debit is unpaid you should send a cheque to the Fees Department at 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH  Cheques should be made payable to The Girls’ Day School Trust. We would also ask you to note your child’s unique pupil reference identification number on the reverse of the cheque.We do not currently have the facility to accept payment by cheque, bank transfer or credit card as a regular payment option.

    • What is a pupil reference?

      A unique pupil reference identification number is allocated to your child when they start at a Trust School; this reference will stay with them throughout their time at the school and should be quoted on all manual payments and correspondence. It would also be also useful if you could quote this reference when calling the Fees Department with any query.

    • When will I get my retained deposit back?

      For all pupils leaving during, or at the end of a term, retained deposits will be refunded (less any monies due to the school) within 8 weeks of the schools official last day of that term, providing the GDST hold valid Bank account details.

 

 

Bursaries / Scholarships

 

Everyone should have access to an outstanding education. Our bursaries are awarded in cases of financial hardship and our scholarships for outstanding academic merit. Every girl who is bright and keen should be able to realise her potential.

Individual schools also provide their own opportunities – so please also check our individual school websites to find out more.

How to apply for a bursary

  • Step 1: Complete school application form

    Complete a school application form to register your daughter indicating that you would like to apply for financial assistance. You will be required to supply a valid email address.

  • Step 2: Declaration of income and assets

    The school will provide you with logon details to enable you to access the online ‘Declaration of Income & Assets’ form, which you should complete and submit before the closing date advised.

    You will need to provide proof of your income and assets, such as P60s, payslips, HMRC self-assessment forms, mortgage statements, council tax bills, or recent benefits paperwork. Original documents are required in the first year of application.

    You should send the declaration and supporting documents well in advance of the school’s entrance examination. Please send to GDST Bursary Department, 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH and not to the school for which you are applying.

    Please ensure you use the correct postage, and send it ‘signed for‘ to increase the chances of safe delivery.

  • Step 3: Assessing your eligibility

    The GDST will assess your eligibility for a bursary. Our staff may also make an appointment to visit you at home. The GDST then lets the school know whether you qualify and the maximum amount of financial assistance we can offer you.

    For example:

    • If your family’s assessable income and resources are below £86,000 a year (£91,000 for London schools), you may be eligible for some support
    • If your family’s annual income is less than £36,000 (or £41,000 for London schools), you may be offered a full bursary
    • For families whose annual income is between these levels, a sliding scale determines the amount of assistance they may be offered

    Your child’s academic performance will be a key consideration when the school is deciding whether or not to award a bursary.

  • Step 4: Confirmation of decision

    If you are eligible and the school feels your daughter would thrive there, the school will send you details of the bursary it can offer your family at the same time it offers your child a place.

Bursaries FAQs

  • What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

    The key difference is that a bursary is means-tested and a scholarship isn’t. We offer bursaries so that a GDST education is accessible to the best and the brightest girls, including those who are not in a position to pay full fees.

    A bursary takes into account academic ability but its value is directly related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family.

    Scholarships are awarded purely on academic (or sporting, or artistic, or musical) merit, as measured in a competitive entrance exam, and take no account of family income or resources.

  • Who can apply for a bursary or scholarship?

    GDST bursaries and scholarships are available to any student aged 11 and over at a GDST senior school. Most bursaries and scholarships are allocated on entry either to Year 7 or to the Sixth Form.

  • How much is a bursary or scholarship worth?

    Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of fees; however, the amount of any bursary depends on local demand and the funding available. Sometimes awards of a lesser value may be offered. Pupils who get a full bursary may also get help to meet the cost of their uniforms, lunches and travel.

    The values of scholarships vary, but are generally small and more about the honour of the award than the amount given. A scholarship may, however, be supplemented by a bursary.

  • Who is eligible for a GDST bursary?

    To assess who is eligible for a bursary we consider a range of objective criteria including the income and capital resources of the families applying. It is anticipated that bursary awards will last for the duration of the student’s time at school.

    We re-assess every year to take account of significant changes in family income and circumstances. A bursary may go up or down to reflect these. This ensures those most in need receive our support.

    Most higher-value bursaries are awarded to pupils from families with a total income of less than £37,500 per year (or £42,500 for London schools) who have no capital assets other than their home.

    It is highly unlikely that a bursary would be awarded to a family whose annual income is greater than £87,500 (or £92,500 for London schools), other than in very exceptional circumstances.

  • Could a bursary or scholarship be withdrawn?

    Very rarely, the school may withdraw a bursary or scholarship if, for example, you provide inaccurate information, or your child’s behaviour or work is unsatisfactory.

 

 

GDST coronavirus response FAQs

1. Summer term 2020 fees

Fee reductions for the 2020 summer term
Our teachers are developing a full programme of guided home learning for our pupils, with the appropriate staff needed to support them. Having pioneered guided home learning over these last days of the spring term, these programmes will be as comprehensive as possible as we start the summer term.

We will, nonetheless, provide pro-rata fee reductions for all parents to your summer term fee payments, while school buildings are only open for the children of key workers. As explained in our communication with parents, the level of reduction varies depending on the sort of practical guided home learning support our teachers can provide.

These reductions are in addition to the lunch fees and separately-billed extras that will be credited back for the relevant periods.

 

  • For Nursery / Pre-School Years– realistically, it is only possible to provide limited home learning support in the pre-Reception years.
  • For Reception and Years 1 & 2– we have made good progress in providing guided home learning, and we intend to consolidate this for the start of the summer term.
  • For Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)– teachers are putting together a programme of guided home learning to keep your child’s education on track, including some of the specialist teaching in Years 5 and 6.
  • For the Senior Years (Year 7 upwards)– we strongly believe that the guided home learning we offer advances your child’s education. Our teachers will be working on these programmes to make them as effective as possible in the summer term.
  • For Year 11 and Year 13– schools are writing to parents of these year groups to outline the unique circumstances these students now face. There have been immense efforts over the whole academic year to prepare pupils for revision and exam periods that would have followed the Easter break, and it’s important that the momentum isn’t lost, whatever their educational journey holds next. Schools are very much continuing to support their students and designing programmes for next term, beyond what one would have expected in a ‘normal’ exam year, when most of the term is usually dedicated to study leave and exams.

 

2. Hardship funding

As a registered charity, we have always reinvested all of our income into advancing the education of our students. We are also mindful that many parents are suffering severe financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have therefore decided to transfer any operational savings we are able to make – and more – into the Centenary hardship fund to make more provision for those who need it most. This fits strongly with our charitable aim of reaching as many students as possible. We hope you will find this approach fair in the circumstances.

The scheme has proved successful in helping a significant number of families over the summer term. Whilst there are no immediate plans to extend the scheme we are monitoring the situation and will review again at the start of the autumn term.

  • Who is eligible for hardship funding?

    Any family with a child at a GDST fee-paying school can apply. But our funds are limited and we need to make sure we help as many families as we can. The application process will be asking for details of your income and assets (in the same way we do for bursary applications) so that we can fully assess each family’s situation to ensure funds are shared as fairly as possible.

  • We’re struggling to pay the summer term fee, but should be fine in a few months’ time – what are our options?

    If you think your circumstances are likely to be temporary, and your situation may improve in 3-6 months’ time, then please consider taking a payment holiday for a few months, and spreading the summer term fees over the next academic year. The Fees Department would be happy to support these sort of payment plans, and it would mean we can help more families in longer-term financial hardship.

  • How do I apply for hardship funding?

    Applications for hardship funding for the summer term 2020 are now closed. The scheme has proved successful in helping a significant number of families over the summer term. Whilst there are no immediate plans to extend the scheme we are monitoring the situation and will review again at the start of the autumn term.

  • We have a bursary; can we still apply for hardship funding?

    Yes.

  • What will I need to show that we need short-term financial support?

    We will need confirmation of your earnings both pre and post the Covid-19 pandemic. Other evidence needed will depend on your individual circumstances.

  • I already contacted you, when will I hear back?

    To those of you who have written to your school or to our central team about accessing short-term support from our hardship fund, we will respond as soon as possible, and do what we can to support you. Anyone who has contacted us directly will be sent details of how to apply for short-term financial support.

  • How do I donate to the hardship fund?

    We are grateful for the generous donations some parents have been able to make to our hardship assistance fund to support those families who may be in greater need. If you would like to make a charitable donation to the hardship assistance fund, the details of how to do this are on this link: www.bit.ly/GDSTbursary. This donation will be eligible for gift-aid; you may therefore be able to claim back some income tax on whatever you feel able to donate. This is a ring-fenced fund, solely for hardship assistance for families both during the current pandemic and as we emerge from the current situation over the coming months.

3. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/furloughing staff

  • Will the GDST be furloughing staff and claiming funding from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

    We are asking some of our staff to go on short-term ‘furlough’ leave where there is less need for some roles or not enough work to do because of temporary school closures. However, we can only furlough a small proportion of our staff. We still need our teachers to teach – and many of them are working harder than ever to deliver the curriculum through guided home learning, as well as caring for the children of key workers. Where we can ask staff to go on furlough, they are more likely to be in support roles, such as catering or transport, who are not able to do their jobs from home.

    We anticipate that we will be able to recoup some of the costs of our furloughed employees from the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    Making a claim to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme means we can keep staff employed, recoup some of the significant costs involved in doing so, and direct more money to the GDST hardship fund

    It is imperative that we retain as many of our valued staff members as possible, so that when schools return to normal in the coming months we are fully staffed to ensure our pupils continue to receive the very best education.

  • Will furloughed staff only get 80% of their pay?

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will only part-fund the salaries of those employees who are furloughed because it is capped at 80%, or £2500 per month. whichever is the lesser amount. The GDST has decided to top up to full pay to ensure staff members on furlough will continue to be paid 100% of their basic salary in the normal way. As a good employer, it’s the right thing to do.

4. Operational cost savings

  • Where else are you looking to save money?

    We are reviewing all our overheads. However, staff costs are – quite rightly – the vast majority of our expenditure. Electricity and gas, for example, represent only 2% of annual costs and are mostly consumed in the winter months.

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