ISC Census 2023: 'Record amounts' spent on bursaries

Posted on: 19 May 2023
Posted by: Barnaby Lenon

The latest ISC Census has revealed that record amounts are being spent on bursaries — more than £1 billion from schools themselves — and independent schools have been supporting more than 2,000 Ukrainian pupils.

The Census figures also show the average day school fee is now £16,656 (an increase of 37 per cent from the £12,153 average in 2013), while the average boarding fee is £39,000 (41 per cent higher than the £27,600 average 10 years ago), with the rises largely reflecting government levels of wage inflation.

In a foreword to the census, ISC chairman Barnaby Lenon said independent schools were “facing many headwinds following the Covid pandemic, with economic uncertainty, rising costs and priorities such as good mental health and wellbeing, inclusion and sustainability”.

Notes to editors. The ISC Census 2023 can be viewed here.