Books and Equipment
Text books are issued on loan to pupils and care should be taken to look after them. If books are lost or damaged a charge will need to be made. Pupils are required to have their own personal copies of a French and English dictionary and mathematical calculator. It is important that all pupils use the same approved calculators, so these are issued on entry and a charge of £23 is made on the School account. For some public examination courses, students require their own personal copy of a text. These books will be ordered by the School and parents billed after notification.
A fob-based security system is used throughout the School’s premises. Your daughter will receive a digital key fob on a lanyard to access the School site. If your daughter loses her fob, a replacement charge of £10 is made.
All Year 7 – 13 pupils have a school lunch. Please note that no refunds are made for lunches for pupils on study leave across the Foundation Schools. This is because the basis of the lunch charge calculation takes into account the duration that a child is at school and includes study leave periods.
After school care 4.00pm – 6.00pm – cost to be raised for each hour (or part of an hour) for supervision for Key Stage 3 students whether your daughter is booked in or not.
Field courses essential to or linked to the syllabus will take place from time to time, the costs of which are usually billed to parents. In cases of genuine financial hardship, the School will do its best to help and a letter marked confidential should be sent to the Head Master.
The Governors are unable to refund fees in the event of illness or redundancy and have made arrangements with their insurers to protect parents in the event. Details of both the Fees Protection Scheme and AXA Schools Schemes are forwarded to parents before their daughter joins the School and a charge will be placed on the fee account. Parents are asked to complete and return the reply slip and Agreement Form indicating their choice.
Individual music lessons are billed in blocks of ten. The fee is £270.00 for ten lessons. This figure is revised annually and fees are payable in advance. 30 lessons are provided each year and term lengths will dictate how many lessons can be offered per term. There are 24 lessons per year during the public exam years: 11 and 13 (see Music section for more information on what is available) .
Some instruments are also available to hire from the school to facilitate individual music lessons. Hire fees are £42.50 per term (although harps attract a £75.00 - £95.00 charge per term). These figures are revised annually.
One full term’s advance notice, in writing, is required in order to discontinue either Music or Lamda lessons.
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons are also billed at £27 per lesson for 30 lessons, billed in arrears, over the academic year. Twelve lessons in the Autumn Term, ten lessons in the Spring Term, eight lessons in the Summer Term (see LAMDA Section for more information).
Parents will be billed for the cost of LAMDA Examinations and if a student decides not to take an exam after the entries have been submitted, they will still be charged.
LAMDA notice period and availability
Due to the high numbers of students taking LAMDA lessons, we cannot guarantee that there will be a session available when pupils begin in September. We aim to include every pupil who applies, but if there are no places at the time of applying, pupils will be placed on a waiting list until there is availability. Please complete the LAMDA Lesson Request Form (in the LAMDA section) if you would like your daughter to have lessons. Please note that if you wish them to cease you must give a term's notice in writing to the Mrs Mills, Head of LAMDA. For example, to discontinue lessons at the end of the Autumn Term, notice must be received by the last day of the previous Summer Term. Please note: Year 7 pupils cannot cease lessons until the end of the Spring Term.
Refunds cannot be made for lessons missed by the pupil concerned. Where teachers are absent, every effort is made to re-schedule the missed lesson as soon as possible. Sometimes, it is necessary for two lessons to be given in one week and, sometimes, with another partner. If a pupil misses a lesson because of an activity scheduled by the school, this lesson can only be re-scheduled if at least two weeks’ notice is given to the LAMDA Teacher. If a pupil misses their catch-up session, without valid reason, then another will not be offered.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The Head of Learning Support and SEND, oversees various Learning Support sessions for students and this also includes the King’s bespoke ‘Boost Programme’ of in-school tutoring. We also have authorised Educational Psychologists and Specialist Assessors, who carry out specific formal assessments as required. Please contact Mrs Harris for more information.
A number of paid for co-curricular activities are on offer termly to pupils, and parents, of those interested, are required to sign up their daughters. The co-curricular website lists all these activities, and details of your log-in will be sent to you in advance of September. The majority of co-curricular activities are free; however, where a charge is made, it will be clearly shown; the amount varies depending on the activity. Some activities require a term’s notice to be given for discontinuation (see Co-Curricular activities section for additional information).
For all educational trips costing less than £20, consent has already been given by signing the acceptance form (agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Parents’ Contract). This enables the School to deliver a lively, flexible curriculum and reduces the amount of paperwork for parents to complete. For all trips where the educational visit costs more than £20, or requires overseas travel, or an overnight stay, or occurs during a weekend or school holiday, or involves some element of high risk or adventure activity, the School will send out separate paperwork and consent forms. Please can all parents ensure that if their daughter’s medical situation changes, they do inform us.