School Fees for Academic Year 2023-2024

Termly tuition fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 are listed below. Fees are inclusive of school lunches, text books, classroom materials and personal accident insurance. Fees for entrance into public examinations (Senior School years 11 and 13) are not included. In the Junior School all curricular extras and trips, other than residential ones, are included in the fee.

All fees are payable in advance on or before the first day of each term. Fees must be paid by direct debit.

Little Knellies – nursery at The Abbey

During school term-time from September 2023 we will offer 30 hours of nursery childcare for £1,866 per term. Outside the 30 hours we offer wrap-around care to nursery children from 7.30am-6pm for free.

Every child in England is entitled to receive 15 hours funded by the government, so the maximum cost to our new nursery parents will be  £933.

In a working household where no parent earns more than £100,000, children are eligible to have all 30 hours funded entirely by the government, so the cost to them will be zero.

Early Years (per term)

  • Reception (age 4+ years) £4,500

Junior School (per term)

  • Lower Preparatory (Year 1) £5,150
  • Upper Preparatory (Year 2) £5,500
  • Lower I – Lower III (Years 3-6) £5,900

Senior School (per term)

  • Upper III – Upper VI (Years 7-13 ) £7,250

Music Tuition

Music lessons are available from Upper Prep (Year 2) and tuition is available in a variety of musical instruments and singing.

Individual music lesson: £290 per term


Government Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE)

We offer a pre-reception nursery school year, for 3-4 year olds, based on a full-time Monday to Friday offering.

Our 4-5 year olds join one of our Reception classes.

All Children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to access Universal Free Entitlement, 15 hours a week for up to 38 weeks of the year. Your child qualifies for this from the academic term following their third birthday until the end of the term of your child’s fifth birthday.

The Universal Free Entitlement hours at The Abbey are offered between 12.30pm – 15.30pm within a package of in-school education, and are subject to availability. This is offered over the full school week, Monday to Friday inclusive, over our academic year of 34 weeks.

In addition, you may be entitled for Extended Entitlement for an additional 15 hours free childcare per week over the academic year of 34 weeks.  HMRC determine eligibility for the scheme.  To find out if you are eligible and can apply for your eligibility code on the Government website.

The EYFE is shown on termly fee invoices. Any additional optional services (eg After School Care) are charged in addition and are invoiced separately. There are a variety of EY providers locally offering EYFE. Some may offer the funded entitlement only, without access to any additional services, others offer it over more or fewer hours of the week. Parents are advised to choose a service provider which best meets their needs. We offer term time sessions only over a 34 week academic year.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are accepted for payment of qualifying charges, i.e. school fees up to the age of 5 and activities that take place on school premises and outside school hours. Please contact the Finance Department on for further information on the use of childcare vouchers.

Sibling discount

We offer a discount for the eldest child when three students attend The Abbey at the same time.


We offer a fees refund scheme that provides a proportionate refund of fees in certain circumstances if your child is absent from school for a qualifying period due to illness or injury. The charge is 1.37% of the termly fee and is charged in advance on fee bills.

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