Downside School Boarding and Day Fees

Downside School fees for the academic year 2020/21 are as follows:

  Junior Pupil (Years 7 & 8) Senior Pupil (Years 9-13)
Full Boarding £8,707 per term £11,682 per term
Day £5,603 per term £6,642 per term
Day Plus (2 nights) £6,578 per term £8,226 per term
Day Plus (3 nights) £7,066 per term £9,018 per term

There are three terms in each academic year: Michaelmas, Lent and Summer.

All the costs incurred in the usual course of the education by the School of a pupil shall be met by the fees unless otherwise notified by the School.

Co-curricular activities such as private music lessons, trips, House accounts, and public examinations shall be deemed to be supplemental to items met by the fees and charged for accordingly. Click here for information about additional academic fees incurred for EAL and Learning Support.

For further detail of the Day pupil experience and our Day Plus offer, click here


Second and subsequent siblings are eligible for a 10% concession on the school fees only when two or more siblings are concurrently at the School.

Children of Old Gregorians (alumni)
A concession of 2.5% on the school fees is available for each child.

Forces families
We can offer additional military concessions to supplement subsidies already in place for serving Forces personnel. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Downside offers a number of scholarships for gifted and talented pupils hoping to join the School at the principal ages of entry of 11+, 13+ and 16+. 

For families who may struggle to meet the full fee payment there is the option to apply for a means-tested bursary and you can apply for this regardless of whether your child is eligible for a scholarship. 

Click here to learn more about scholarships available and the bursary application process. 

Fees at Downside School


Payment Plan

An Advance Fees Scheme is operated by the School. It is tax-efficient and can offer attractive returns. Fees remain fixed at the year in which the prepayment is received therefore avoiding further fee increases. With an average fee increase typically in the range of 3-4% across the sector, compounding over the duration of your child’s education this is a highly attractive yield not subject to tax. Details of the scheme and further information on fees and charges can be obtained from the Bursar.

Registration and Deposit Payments

A registration fee of £100 is payable to register a pupil for Downside School. The registration fee is not refundable.

A deposit of £1,000 as confirmation of a guaranteed place of entry to the School is payable in the academic year before a pupil starts at Downside.  This is deducted from the final bill on leaving Downside School. 

Click here to pay fees online.

For non EU applicants, a deposit of one full terms fees in advance is required. This is held by the School until payment of the final bill when leaving Downside.