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Information about Fees for the Academic Year 2023-24

Registration & Deposits

Registration Fee
Payable on registration and non-refundable
Registration Fee for Overseas Applicants
Payable on registration and non-refundable
Acceptance Deposit
Payable by the parents of each pupil on acceptance of a place.
Fee Deposit
Payable in addition to the Acceptance Deposit by the parents of each pupil on acceptance of a place.

Please see the School’s Terms and Conditions for information on how and when the Acceptance Deposit and the Fee Deposit may be refunded.


Tuition Fees

Lower School Lower Third and Upper Third (Years 7 and 8)£8,025 per term
Senior School Fourth Form to Upper Sixth (Years 9 to 13)£9,120 per term

Tuition fees for all pupils cover normal curriculum tuition and lunches in school.


Prepaid Boarding Fees

13 weeks10 weeks10 weeks
Weekly Boarding (Senior School only)£2,901

Three regular nights £2,420£1,862£1,862
Two regular nights£1,683

One regular night£876

Ad-hoc boarding is also available, further details below.


Boarding: Boarding fees cover breakfast and an evening meal (with the exception of Sunday), overnight accommodation and bed linen.

Weekly boarding: There is no boarding provision on Friday or Saturday for Senior School pupils but weekly boarders may return to school on Sunday evenings. A pupil will be allocated a designated bed space or room for the duration of their stay each term. Please note weekly boarding is not available to Lower School pupils, however they can board using the regular boarding options below.

Pre-paid regular boarding: Regular boarding may be booked and paid termly in advance at discounted rates. Pre-payment is for a set number of nights each week. Senior School pupils have the option of boarding any evening except Friday and Saturday and Lower School pupils have the option to board from Tuesday to Thursday. A different bed space or room may be allocated upon each stopover and personal items may not be stored when a pupil is not boarding.

Ad-hoc boarding: Ad-hoc boarding occurs at short-notice, is not pre-paid and is subject to availability.
The cost of ad-hoc boarding is £75 per night.

Arrangements are made directly with the Housemaster or Housemistress for ad-hoc boarding.

Boarding preferences must be submitted to the Assistant Head (Pastoral and Boarding) ahead of each term. Rooms and bed spaces are allocated subject to availability.

Childcare vouchers can be used for boarding only up until the end of Lower Fifth. Please contact the Finance Department for details regarding providers.

Additional Expenses

Items such as those listed below are invoiced on the termly invoice as they arise:

  • Public examination fees
  • Trips and voluntary activities
  • Stationery and magazine subscriptions
  • Lost textbooks and library books
  • Equipment used for specific Design & Engineering/Art projects
  • Additional charges are usually added to the termly invoice in arrears and consent will be required in advance where the cost exceeds £50.

The School operates a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme and pupils are required to purchase laptops or tablets with certain specifications. Further details about the scheme are available upon request.

Music Lessons and LAMDA

Peripatetic teachers will invoice directly for payment of pupil lessons. Please contact the Music Administrator for further details.

Optional Additional Expenses

English as an additional language£230 per term (based on 10 lessons per term)
St John’s Parents' Association£15 (one-off payment)
Membership of ISCO (Independent Schools Careers Organisation)Approximately £62 per term for Upper Fifth pupils
Voluntary activities that are organised by various members of staffCharges depend on the activity e.g. concert, theatre trip and outdoor expedition
Daily transport services to and from the SchoolFurther information available on Transport page
School Fees Refund Scheme providing some reimbursement of fees for absence owing to illnessTermly premium is 1.37%* of fees
Personal Effects Insurance£7.73* per term
*subject to any change to Insurance Premium Tax

Personal Accident Insurance

All pupils are included in a personal accident insurance scheme which includes some dental cover. There is no additional charge for this cover.

Personal Accident Insurance Scheme Information

Personal Effects Insurance

The insurance policies of the School do not cover loss of pupils’ belongings. Parents’ householders’ comprehensive or all-risks policies should be suitably extended to give adequate cover. Alternatively, the School has arranged access to a pupils’ personal effects insurance scheme. Cover can be provided by payment of a termly premium and further details are available on request.

If you would like to participate in the personal effects insurance scheme please download an application form and send completed forms to the Finance Office.

Pupils’ Personal Effects Insurance Scheme Information

Pupils’ Personal Effects Insurance Scheme Application Form

Pupils’ Personal Effects Insurance Scheme Claim Form

Fees and Payment of Fees

All fees are reviewed annually and are usually announced at the end of the Spring Term for the following academic year.

Fees are payable by bank transfer on or before the first day of each term.  As an alternative to paying termly, there is also the option to pay your fees as well as any additional expenses (listed above) via monthly repayments through School Fee Plan*. Credit is subject to status, affordability, terms and conditions and to over 18s only.

School Fee Plan & How to Apply

School Fee Plan has over 20 years’ experience in providing this service to parents.

St John’s School 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 (company number 02015200).

Fees in Advance

The School operates a scheme which gives a saving to those who pay a capital sum in advance towards their child’s fees.

Bursarial Assistance

St John’s is committed to ensure the School is accessible to all families. Means-tested financial support is available to children of Anglican clergy of limited means (Foundationers) and families who might otherwise be unable to afford full fees. In some cases the School may provide a free place. Awards are subject to annual review and are assessed via completion of a confidential statement of financial circumstances.

School Fees Refund Scheme

The School Fees Refund Scheme enables parents to apply for a refund of fees following a pupil’s absence through illness or injury. Fees will be refunded for each period of absence from the School of more than eight days for a weekly boarder and five days for a day pupil. Cover is provided by payment of a termly premium.

School Fees Refund Scheme Information

School Fees Refund Scheme Application Form

School Fees Refund Scheme Claim Form 

Please send completed forms to the Finance Office.

Parent Contract

The terms and conditions for parents sending their child to St John’s School are set out in the Parent Contract which can be found on our Policies page. Further information is available from the Finance Office. All data will be processed in accordance with our policies on privacy and data protection