'Schools are working hard to keep fees affordable for parents', ISC CEO says

Posted on: 31 May 2024

According to data collated by The Telegraph, independent school fees could rise by two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation as headteachers prepare for Labour's VAT plan.

The paper's figures predict an average increase of 6.2 per cent in the 2024/25 academic year, despite inflation coming down to 2.3 per cent. 

Commenting on the findings, Ms Robinson said: "Schools are working hard to keep fees affordable for parents – as evidenced by the below-inflation average fee rise for 2023-24. It is too early to say what average fee rises will look like for next school year, but we know that schools will all be working within their own individual set of circumstances.

"In addition, many costs – particularly food and energy costs – are still rising above inflation.

“Any fee rises will also take into account a fair pay rise for teachers, and many schools will have been hit with the rise in pension contributions from April.”