School fees include tuition, materials, educational visits (but not residential courses), sports and educational travel, swimming lessons, most clubs and societies.
For boarding students some trips and excursions are included in the termly boarding fee others are offered at a subsidised cost. All compulsory boarding trips are included. Other charges may be applied i.e. dry cleaning, travel to hospital / orthodontic appointments etc. Please ask Admissions staff for further details.
All fees are payable in advance, before the first day of the term for which they are due. For those parents who wish to pay monthly this can be done by paying in advance, for example paying on 1st June, July, August and September for the Michaelmas term, then the 1st of October, November, December and January for the Lent term and so on.
Unless by prior arrangement, fees not so paid are subject to a surcharge of 1.5% per month, accruing on a daily basis.
There is an allowance of 5% on the tuition fees of second siblings as long as an older child is at the School. This will be calculated on the net general fees where scholarship or other allowances are deducted and will apply to both boarders and day pupils. A further discount is available for third and subsequent children; details are available from the Bursar. There is a 10% reduction for children of Church of England clergy and a 10% reduction for children of members of HM Forces.
A full term’s notice in writing is required before the removal of a pupil or when changing from boarding to day pupil or vice versa. A full term’s fees will be payable if a pupil is withdrawn without notice. Various methods of paying fees are available, including monthly instalments. Details may be obtained from the Bursar.
The Board of Governors reserves the right to alter fees without notice before or after a pupil’s admission. However, every effort will be made to give a term’s notice of variation.
Fee refunds are not available should the School be forced to take the decision temporarily to close the School for bad weather or some other reason.
School lunches are compulsory and a charge is made each term in advance (from Michaelmas 2017 - £170 per term, £134 in Reception - Year 2). In the case of optional extras, a term’s notice in writing of commencement or discontinuation must be given to the School. Parents should be aware that external examination fees are charged as extras.
Emergency expenses and any special purchases made at the written direction of parents will be charged on the next bill.
In common with other independent schools, when a pupil joins the School a deposit is required which will be credited to the pupil's account and returned after (s)he has left the School, less any outstanding fees or charges. Once a pupil has been registered and the deposit paid, no additional deposit will be required. On the completion of the necessary documents and on the payment of the entry deposit, the pupil's name is entered into the School's Admissions Register for pupils due to start their schooling.
The entry of a pupil's name in the Admissions Register marks a binding contract between the parents/guardians and the School that the pupil will be commencing studies at the School. Entry deposits are not refundable in the event of the pupil's name being withdrawn from the Admissions Register at any stage prior to the time when the pupil is due to start. In addition, notice of withdrawal of less than one full term will incur the liability of one term's fees in lieu of notice.
All cheques should be made payable to 'Rishworth School'. We accept debit and credit card payments, the latter of which will incur a 2% charge. We also accept direct bank transfers please contact the Fees Office for our bank details.
Fees: No reduction of fees is made by the School for absence through illness. Parents are recommended to join an Insurance Scheme to cover fees in the event of absence due to illness. The School can provide the details if required.
Personal Effects: Pupils’ possessions, effects and baggage are not insured by the Governors against loss or damage, either on school property, elsewhere or in transit to and from school. Parents are strongly advised to obtain such insurance which can usually be done simply through an extension on their own “all risks ” policies..
Personal Accident: The School maintains a Pupils’ Personal Accident Insurance Policy to give cover in the event of specified serious injuries occurring. The cover is operative whenever the pupil is engaged in any activity, arranged at or through the School, within the UK. Details of benefits can be supplied on request.