Following my recent post highlighting the top ten most affordable private schools in London, I was asked by a couple of readers to do a ranking of the most expensive private schools in London. I thought that could be a very interesting list! It’s not easy to compile an exact ranking because not all schools quote fees are quoted based on the same terms (inclusive of lunches or school trips, music lessons and so forth), but I have tried as much as possible to exclude the cost of lunches from the below data, which tend to add another £700 – £1000 pounds annually. So please allow a margin of error in terms of the exact position of each school, but the list below will give you a very good indication of the schools with the highest fees. Many of the most expensive British prep schools are located in the neighbourhoods with the highest property prices, which probably comes as no surprise! The fees quoted below tend to be those for the Reception class (or equivalent at the international schools). Obviously, many many private British secondary schools have much higher fees (lead by St Paul’s School, if I remember correctly), so take this as a ranking of private primary school costs only.
And London’s most expensive private school is…. (drumroll please)… the American School in London (ASL!), hooray! Closely followed by Southbank International School. This may not come as a big surprise. International schools tend to be far more expensive than British school, not so much because of their staff ratio or facilities, but because they historically had a lot of customers on expat packages whose employers covered the fees. In all fairness, ASL does have a financial aid programme akin to American universities, so it is possible to apply even if you cannot afford the fees. Here is the list of London’s most expensive private schools, for the year 2016/2017:
|1||American School in London||24,150|
|2||Garden House School||21,000|
|3||Southbank International School||21,825|
|6||Eaton Square School*||19,935|
|9||International Community School||17,750|
|10||Cameron House School||17,535|