Fees and Ways to Pay

Introduction

The GDST founding principle is to reach as many girls as possible, and this means making sure that a GDST education remains as accessible and competitive as possible.

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. School fees are reviewed annually by the GDST Council of Trustees, who remain committed to maintaining the high standards of our education and facilities, whilst remaining excellent value.

Every school within the GDST family has its own ethos and place in its community, whilst benefiting from being part of a large group of schools and receiving cost savings made by economies of scale and sharing support services. We fully appreciate the significant financial commitment and sacrifice many families make to send their daughter to a GDST school and we continue to work hard to run our schools effectively.

To find out the current fee levels for our individual schools and what is included, please use the drop-down list below.

School fees

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

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£7,073
    Junior School£5,774
    Nursery (Full time)£4,495
  • Year 1-13 the fees cover the regular curriculum, school books and other materials, games and careers guidance but not the optional extra subjects or lunches, which are charged separately. Public examination fees will be charged separately from summer 2025.

    YearTermly fee 2024/2025
    10-13£6,060
    7-9£5,870
    4-6£4,287
    3£4,280
    1-2£3,809
    Reception£3,706
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and extra activities and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£7,369
    Junior School (including Reception)£5,942
  • The fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials, choral music, games and swimming and careers guidance, but not public examination fees, optional extra subjects or school meals. The latter are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    10-13£7,101
    7-9£6,847
    5-6£5,618
    3-4£5,526
    1-2£5,062
    Reception£4,928
    Nursery (Full time)£4,127
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and extra activities and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    12-13£5,788
    7-11£5,490
    3-6£4,180
    Reception-2£4,099
    Nursery (Full time)£3,192
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and extra activities are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    All years£7,476
  • The fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials, choral music, games and swimming and careers guidance, but not public examination fees, optional extra subjects or school meals.

    YearTermly Fee 2024/25
    Senior£5,344
    Junior£4,221
    Reception£3,587
    Nursery£3,451
  • Senior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and scientific materials. School lunch is compulsory for all years up to Year 11. Bursaries and academic and specialist scholarships are available. Additional extras, including public examination fees, are charged separately.

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

    YearTermly fee 2024/2025
    7-13£5,874
    3-6£4,629
    1-2£4,291
    1-2 (50 weeks)£5,017
    Nursery & Reception£4,113
    Nursery & Reception (50 weeks)£4,834
  • Fees include loan of text books, stationery and some curriculum extras such as day trips. Public examination fees and school meals are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7-13£7,176
    3-6£5,990
    Reception-2£5,050
    Nursery£4,506
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and extra activities and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£5,974
    Junior School£4,536
    Nursery (Full time)£3,774
  • Fees cover the regular curriculum, school books, stationery and other materials. Fees do not include school lunches or public examination fees.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£7,965
    Junior School£6,142
  • Fees include a wide range of opportunities including extra-curricular activities, curricular trips, personalised mentoring and equipment including stationery, text books, personal iPads. Lunches are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7-13£5,584
    3-6£4,052
    1-2£3,974
    Reception£3,934
  • 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. Additional extras, including public examination fees and lunch, are charged separately.

    Reception-Year 4 fees cover tuition, most stationery, textbooks, scientific materials and compulsory Educational Visits. Lunch is an additional cost.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7-13£6,732
    5-6£5,104
    3-4£5,054
    1-2£4,426
    Reception£3,768
  • 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. Lunch is charged separately.

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

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

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7-13£5,737
    3-6£4,076
    Nursery (Full time) -2£3,092
  • Senior school fees include games, many lunchtime and after-school activities; stationery; text books and scientific materials; pupil career testing; ISCO careers’ advice; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers. Additional extras, including public examination fees, are charged separately. Lunch is charged separately.

    Junior school fees include games, many lunchtime and after-school activities; stationery; text books and scientific materials. Lunch is charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£8,297
    Junior School£6,865
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and activities, and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    12-13£5,886
    12-13 (weekly boarding)£12,097
    12-13 (full boarding)£13,458
    10-11£5,746
    10-11 (weekly boarding)£11,612
    10-11 (full boarding)£12,989
    7-9£5,639
    7-9 (weekly boarding)£11,448
    7-9 (full boarding)£12,803
    3-6£4,374
    Reception-2£4,152
  • Year 7-13 fees include: Games, many lunchtime and after-school activities, stationery, text books and scientific materials, 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. Additional extras, including lunches and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    Reception-Year 6 fees include: Games, many lunchtime and after-school activities, stationery, text books and scientific materials, some curricular trips and field studies. Additional extras, including lunches, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7-13£5,320
    3-6£3,925
    Reception-2£3,782
  • 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 public examination fees, lunches, optional extra subjects or the cost of travel to school.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    12-13£5,940
    10-11£5,885
    7-9£5,815
    4-6£4,718
    3£4,209
    1-2£3,914
    Reception£3,825
  • Fees include most co-curricular activities and compulsory day trips; stationery, textbooks and scientific materials; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers. Public examination fees, residential trips and lunches charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£8,158
    Junior School£6,665
  • Senior school fees cover tuition other than optional extra subjects, all stationery, textbooks and scientific materials. School lunch is compulsory for all years up to Year 11. Bursaries and academic and specialist scholarships are available. Additional extras, including public examination fees, are charged separately.

    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 2024/25
    Senior School£7,527
    Prep School£5,850
    Nursery£4,456
  • Additional extras, including lunches, trips and activities, and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    7 - 13£7,279
    3 - 6£5,661
    Reception - 2£4,744
    Nursery (Full time)£4,312
  • Senior school fees include stationery, text books, some after school and lunchtime clubs, Futurewise career profiling and membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for sixth form leavers. Additional extras, including lunches, trips and activities, and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    Prep school fees include stationery, text books, some after school and lunchtime clubs, curricular workshops and activities. Additional extras, including lunches and extra-curricular activities, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£7,116
    Prep School£5,595
  • Senior School includes stationery; text books and scientific materials; games, clubs and some activities; membership of the GDST Alumnae Network for Sixth Form leavers. Additional extras, including lunches and public examination fees, are charged separately.

    Junior School includes stationery; text books and scientific materials; games, clubs and some activities. Additional extras, including lunches, are charged separately.

    YearTermly fee 2024/25
    Senior School£8,297
    Junior School£6,449

Bursaries

At the heart of our charitable purpose is to reach as many girls as possible and provide access to an outstanding education for girls from all backgrounds and all walks of life. We value diversity of all kinds in our schools and the benefits it brings to the learning environment. That is why we strive to keep fees as affordable as possible, and make sure that families who wish to give their daughters a first class girls-only education can afford to do so.

GDST schools have a proud history of providing financial assistance towards school fees, ensuring that girls from all backgrounds have been able to access a GDST education. Today, the GDST is a leading provider of bursary provision in the UK, with 10% of our pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13 receiving financial support to enable them to attend our schools. In recent years, we have allocated the equivalent of 5% of the GDST’s overall fee income to funding the GDST bursary programme.

Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we are able to reach those families and students for whom a GDST education would be out of reach. We want to identify those students who will benefit from our means-tested bursary awards the most. Find out more about GDST Bursaries.

Scholarships

As a charity, the GDST aims to reach as many girls as possible and in particular to seek out those girls with the most promise to continue to ensure our schools are diverse and inclusive communities, bringing together talented girls from all backgrounds to benefit from all a GDST education has to offer.

As well as our means-tested bursary programme, each school offers scholarships which are awarded on merit, irrespective of financial means. Most of these are offered at Year 7 (based on performance in the entrance examinations, auditions or other assessment means) or in the case of Sixth Form scholarships, for outstanding ability demonstrated in individual subjects or disciplines. A scholarship may be combined with a bursary where there is a financial need.

Information about the types of scholarships offered at each school can be found on individual school websites – you can access these by visiting our ‘Find a school’ page.

FAQs

  • Fees
    • Who do I contact regarding school fees?

      To discuss the payment of school fees, excluding Pre-Payment and Nursery fees please contact the Fees Collection team at feesdepartment@wes.gdst.net.

      For enquiries relating to nursery fees, childcare vouchers, and Early Years grants, or to tell us about any changes to your contact details, please contact our Fees Admin Team at feesdepartment@wes.gdst.net.

      For queries relating to GDST school fee pre-payment plans (two years or more) and retained deposits, please contact Mrs Bukki Brown at B.Brown@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).

    • 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. You may transfer the funds direct to the Trust Account but must ensure that your deposit quotes your child’s unique pupil reference number.

    • 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.

 

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