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Eton among private schools to cut fees amid coronavirus crisis

Eton cuts its £42,500-a-year fees for boarding pupils after parents complain that top private schools are still charging for accommodation despite children being sent home

  • Eton is joined by Marlborough and others in plans to cut fees by up to a third
  • Schools forced to close last week by Boris Johnson amid coronavirus crisis
  • They can only stay open to care for children of essential workers
  • But some being criticised by parents for still charging for accommodation
  • One parent said it’s not fair to have ‘remote beds that you charge for’
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Eton is among private schools planning to discount fees amid complaints from parents that they are still being charged for accommodation despite children being sent home.

The exclusive school charges parents around £42,500 a year and is joined by Marlborough and others in plans to slash fees by up to a third.

Schools across the country were ordered to close except for the children of key workers last week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson due to the coronavirus crisis.

Eton is among private schools planning to discount fees amid complaints from parents that they are still being charged for accommodation despite children being sent home

However, some private schools have been criticised by parents for still charging for accommodation even though schools are not expected to reopen before September, the Sunday Times reported. 

One wrote: ‘You can have remote learning but surely you can’t have remote beds that you charge for as well.’

The Sunday Telegraph reported that there is a ‘massive clamour’ among parents for a fee refund. 

A source on the finance committee of one of the country’s most prestigious private schools told the paper: ‘The reality is whether you are mega wealthy, middling or financially not well off, everybody in their different ways is exposed in this crisis,’ they said.

The exclusive school charges parents around £42,500 a year and is joined by Marlborough and others in plans to slash fees by up to a third

The exclusive school charges parents around £42,500 a year and is joined by Marlborough and others in plans to slash fees by up to a third

‘The many people who struggle to pay school fees will be under pressure. 

They are saying, “hang on, you can’t ask me to write a check for £12,000 or £13,000 if they are not even there”.’

The source added that there is significant strain on private schools because the overseas student market is ‘about to collapse’, meaning that some schools could go bust.  

All 25 schools which are part of the Girls’ Day Schools Trust are freezing fees from September.

The trust told The Sunday Times that ‘some parents were less than impressed to receive their invoice for summer term fees earlier than usual.’ 

Just behind Eton, Marlborough charges £38,995 for boarders and £33,120 for those who live at home. 

Kings College School, in Wimbledon, is freezing fees from the autumn and those for the summer term are discounted by 15 per cent. 

They charge £22,335 for pupils in year 9 and above. 

After Eton cut its fees for next term by a third, it invited parents to give away the savings to ‘support our various community initiatives’.  

Kings College School, in Wimbledon, is freezing fees from the autumn and those for the summer term are discounted by 15 per cent

Kings College School, in Wimbledon, is freezing fees from the autumn and those for the summer term are discounted by 15 per cent

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