Private schools limit fee increases due to pandemic pressure
The latest data from the Private Schools Association suggests that fee increases have been significantly curbed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Association’s annual census reveals that UK private school fees rose by an average of 1.1% over the past 12 months, compared to a 4.1% increase the previous year.
The average fees for day students currently stands at £15,191 per year and £36,000 for boarders.
At the start of the pandemic many independent schools lost a significant portion on their income due to school closures and overseas travel restrictions.
However despite the initial economic problems, the census has revealed that the number of students has dropped by just 1.3% from a record high of 532,237,
Concern in recent months over lost learning has also led many parents to consider private schools as a future option.
Analysts suggest this increased demand could lead to higher fees in 2022.
Barnaby Lenon, Chair of the Independent Schools Council pointed to the fact that the successful early adoption of online learning by private schools meant that the majority of parents continued to pay termly fees.
“They were able to stick to us during this most difficult time,” he said. “It wouldn’t be surprising if this continued. Many schools reported a significant increase in applicants for September 2021.”
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