Friday 19 January 2018

Parents even face €60 bill for lockers

Valerie Loftus

WHILE students at Ireland's fee-paying schools enjoy lavish lunch menus and the perks of private education, for parents the spending does not stop once the annual fees are paid.

Lockers are a must-have, and one singled out as an expense separate to the yearly fees in at least three schools on the list.

St Andrew's College, Dublin, charges parents of first-year students a once-off €50 fee for lockers and padlocks.

Villiers Secondary School in Limerick charges first-year parents a once-off locker fee of €60, along with a host of other non-optional, extra expenses for pupils.

The school charges all new families a €500 building levy, which is devoted to the upkeep of the house and grounds. Villiers also requires pupils in certain classes to purchase an activities uniform – another €135 on the bill.

Some schools detail an extra, smaller charge parents are required to pay to the parents' association. Loreto College Stephen's Green in Dublin charges an extra €132 on top of its basic fee, which takes in parents' association fees, the cost of a school yearbook and any retreats.

The most expensive day school in the country, St Columba's College in Dublin, provides parents with a list of extra expenses they may incur, which includes internet access, transport for school activities and games, and dry cleaning.

St Columba's and Wesley College in Dublin offer singing and music lessons to pupils at €315 and €850 a year respectively.

Most schools provide optional supervised after-school study, with prices for this ranging from €300 in the Catholic University School ,to €600 for sixth-year students of St Michael's College.

Irish Independent

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