Fees and charges for January – July 2021

Year Group/OfferingCost per session
Morning Only
(08.30 - 12.00)
Extended Day inc. lunch & tea
(08.00 - 18.00)
(no Early Years Funding)
Only available during King's Ely published term time dates
£66/day (Full Time: 47 weeks/year)
£68/day (King’s Ely term time)
Reception, Years 1 and 2£3,595 per term £10,785 per year
King's Ely Acremont Wrap Around Care Options for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2Breakfast Club (8am - 8.30am): £4.65 inc. hot breakfast"Owls" (4-5pm): £8.25
"Late Stays" (3:30pm to 4pm): £4.15"Nightingales" (5-6pm): £9.25 inc. drink & snack


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Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of £100, payable once only, is required when a pupil first registers for King’s Ely. For students domiciled outside the EEA, the registration fee is £150.

Acceptance Deposit

An Acceptance Deposit (with an Additional Deposit for international domiciled parents) is required on entry into the school as per the table below.  For the sake of clarity, the Additional Deposit is levied in the case of a pupil whose normal residence is outside the United Kingdom, not where funds are paid from (except UK Forces/UK Diplomats/Civil Servants serving overseas on a “posting”, where it will be considered they are UK residents).

If you have paid an Acceptance Deposit using previously published rates, at the next move between Nursery and Reception, Year 2 into Year 3, or between Year 8 and Year 9, the level of deposit will need to be brought up to the level shown within the table below:

Year GroupOn First Entry (Offer letters dated after 13 February 2017)
Nursery £125
Reception, 1 and 2£500
3 – 8£500
9 – 13£500
Any International Domiciled Students (non-EEA) in any section of the School£500 plus 1 term's fees (including the Additional Deposit), adjusted annually to reflect the fees at time of Acceptance.

The Acceptance  Deposits will be retained within the general funds of the School until the pupil leaves and will be repaid by means of a credit without interest to the final payment of Fees or other sums due to the School on leaving.  The final bill is issued towards the end of the first half of the term following the term the student left.

The Additional Deposit for international domiciled students will be retained within the general funds of the School until the pupil leaves and will be repaid by means of a credit without interest to the final payment of Fees or other sums due to the School on leaving. The final bill is issued towards the end of the first half of the term following the term the student left.

If Fees in Advance are used to pay fees, the EEA Acceptance Deposit is required in addition to the FIA. When fees are paid in advance, any extra charges should be settled each term as per the invoice issued.


What is included in the fees

Nursery 1 and Nursery 2: Age-appropriate, nutritious food at lunch and tea time, depending on the sessions booked. All activities, classroom and indoor/outdoor play resources provided within each particular session. Any additional sessions asked for and taken are charged as extras over and above the pre-booked (charged in advance) sessions.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: The fees include lunch. School trips are included where they are part of the curriculum for whole year groups. Text books, all stationery items and classroom resources. Reception and Year 1 classes each have a Teaching Assistant. Year 2 shares one Teaching Assistant between two classes.

For any charges for items not included within the published termly/daily fees, you will either have requested it (e.g. after school care) or you will have been asked if you wish to opt for whatever is being offered (e.g. a school photograph). Any requested or agreed extra charges will be added to your next fees invoice. The only exception to this will be for Holiday Club, for which you will be sent a supplementary invoice soon after the start of the term following the Holiday Club.

Billing process

Nursery sessions are opted for on a termly basis in advance, organised by the  staff at King’s Ely Acremont. Those sessions opted for are then booked and invoiced in advance of the term starting. Any extra sessions taken during a term are recorded as extra sessions and invoiced retrospectively on the following term’s invoice. For example, the Lent Term invoice will be issued at the end of the preceding Michaelmas Term and will include the sessions opted for/booked for the forthcoming Lent Term as well as any extra sessions taken up during the previous Michaelmas Term.

Invoices are sent to parents three times a year, by email as a PDF attachment, approximately three weeks before the payment due date. Invoices are payable in full a week prior to the start of each term. The invoice will clearly state the date by which fees are payable.

Our overwhelming preference is fees to be settled via on-line banking, or by visiting a branch of Barclays bank. Our account details are on each fee account invoice.  Payment by UK cheque is acceptable but is our least preferable method.  If you do not use on-line banking, making payment electronically via your branch or paying the cheque/cash into our account at any branch of Barclays is more preferable than receiving a cheque via post. If paying by cheque, please ensure the cheque is drawn on a UK £ sterling account and is made payable to “The King’s School, Ely”, with the fee account payment reference made clear.

Card payment over the telephone or in person at the Accounts office is possible but please note, we do not accept card payments for any fees or charges in excess of £1,000.00.

We do not accept cash payments to settle any fee accounts.

Monthly instalments via Direct Debit using School Fees Plan, a credit company set up specifically for payment of school fees, with an interest rate of 2.85% presently.  Details of the scheme, how it operates and the application process can be found on the School Fees Plan website.

By introducing School Fees Plan as a possible method of settling your school fees, King’s Ely is acting as a credit broker and is an Appointed Representative of Premium Credit Limited. Premium Credit Limited is the lender which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. School Fee Plan is a trading style of Premium Credit Limited.

Private music/vocal lessons

Individual music lessons are delivered by Visiting Music Teachers (VMT) at the rate of £39.32 per hour (£24.25 per 37 minute lesson). The normal termly charge is for a “package” of 10 x 37 minute lessons at £242.50 (£727.50 per academic year). Music lessons are invoiced by the self-employed VMT concerned in advance direct to the parents. Ceasing of lessons should be notified directly to the VMT a term in advance otherwise fees to the parents will be charged by the VMT.

Any missed lessons, without sufficient prior notice to cancel the music/instrument singing lesson will be billed directly to the parents, including those where free music lessons are awarded.

Childcare Vouchers, Tax-Free Child Care Scheme and 15/30 Hours Early Years Free Childcare Provision

King’s Ely does not participate in the Government Early Years Free 15/30 Hours Childcare Provision

Child Care Vouchers (closed to new applicants from 5 October 2018) can be used for payment towards childcare/fees up to the end of the school term the child turns five years old, and for any after school wrap around care, after school clubs (that are on school premises).  Please consult your Childcare Voucher provider for more information.  For example, EdenRed’s FAQs are available via their website.

The UK Government Tax-Free child care scheme can be used to pay towards Nursery provision but once a child is in Reception Year onwards, this scheme can only pay towards on-site care that is outside of school hours, for example after school clubs or breakfast clubs.  This scheme does not allow towards paying school fees.  To qualify, your child must be under 11 years old and usually live with you.  Any child stops being eligible on 1 September after their 11th birthday.

Please contact Alison Cree/Michael Spencer if you wish to start making payments via either of the child care schemes or have any queries.


Giving notice to leave/withdraw

For our planning purposes, it is part of our Terms and Conditions that anyone wishing to withdraw their child from school (or later in the school, changing between boarding and day) must give a full term’s written notice so we can plan ahead accordingly. Failure to provide such notice to withdraw your child from King’s Ely or to make material changes to the sessions pre-booked without notice will result in an invoice for Fees in Lieu of Notice (FiLON) equating to a ‘normal’ full term’s fees for your child. Please do remember, if you wish to make any significant changes, you must provide a full term’s notice. The only exception to this is a child leaving at the end of Year 13.