At a time when most independent school parents will be contemplating another above-inflation annual rise in fees, most families at Moyles Court School, in Ringwood, will be paying an average of 15% LESS next school year than they are this year.
Headmaster Mr Richard Milner-Smith said: “Independent education is sometimes thought of as exclusive, the preserve of the very rich only. Our aim is to overcome that prejudice and to convince many more parents that it is the right choice for their children.”
It’s all part of a new two-part strategy on the part of the 200-pupil school to bring its outstanding individualised education to more families, including many who may have thought they could not afford it.
As well as the fee reduction, the school is introducing an expanded and subsidised ‘doorstep to school’ transport plan to ensure that no child within its catchment area is unable to get to school because of transport problems.
Moyles Court is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 16. Its historic buildings lie within a 14-acre site is in the heart of the New Forest and only a short walk from open heath land and woodland, offering a perfect outdoor classroom for geography, biology and history lessons, or space for outdoor sports.
Mr Milner-Smith added: “What Moyles Court has to offer is, in a sense, beyond price: an education, tailored to the individual needs of each child, in an idyllic setting. As well as our listed main building, we have enviable modern facilities including a new library, modern sports hall, outdoor multi-sports courts, extensive playing fields and art and ICT studios.
“Many, perhaps most, parents would consider this to be far beyond their means. By reducing the financial cost very substantially we intend to show many families that they can in fact afford the undoubted benefits of an independent education for their children.”
Parents of children in Moyles Court’s junior school will be paying an average 15% less next year: for example, new parents of Reception Class children will pay £1,775 per term, compared with £2,029 this year whilst existing parents from the Nursery will pay only £1,500 per term.
In the senior school, the average cut will be lower, reflecting the higher cost of secondary education, but new Year 7 parents will pay £3,620 per term, compared with £4,220 this year and again existing parents will get an additional reduction making the termly fee just £3,500. Fees for the GCSE years, 10 and 11, will be frozen at the current year’s level.
Simultaneously with the fee reductions, the school’s transport network, currently comprising four bus routes, will be expanded to cover a wider area with six routes. And, explained Bursar Geraldine Smith: “We will design the transport provision around families’ needs. If any child cannot be served by any of the bus routes we will provide a doorstep-to-school service to ensure that transport is not an obstacle.”