August 3, 2021

Fees at Bray private school soar to €7,240 per student: survey

St Gerard’s in Bray is now the fourth most expensive private school in the country, with fees for individual students rising to €7,240.

The figures are revealed in a new survey published by the Irish Times today.

It found St Columba’s College in Dublin 16, which charges €8,654 a year, to be Ireland’s most expensive private school for day pupils, followed by Sutton Park School, Dublin 13 (€7.995) and Alexandra College, Dublin 6 (€7,534).

Fees have risen significantly this year as a result of the rising demand for private school places, according to the survey.

Two out of three private schools in the State increased their fees this year by up to 10% or more as pupil numbers in the sector have returned to levels last seen during the economic boom.

Latest official enrolment statistics for the 2018-19 academic year show numbers attending private schools climbed to more than 25,600 pupils, up by almost 500 on the previous year.

Boarding and international schools also report significant growth in demand from families based overseas or relocating to the Dublin area.

Nord Anglia in Leopardstown is the country’s most expensive international school, charging day pupil fees of up to €25,000.

But competition in the international school sector is hotting up with the expansion of SEK Dublin, the international school based between Bray and Greystones.

The school is set to grow from 100 pupils to 240 over the next five years and is targeting international families, as well as Irish families who want a different education experience for their children.

SEK is set to charge fees of between €15,000 and €18,000 a year for day pupils, though there will be a discount of between 10% and 20% for families based in Ireland.

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