Admissions and Fees
Children are welcome to join Highfield and Brookham Schools at any stage and at any point through the year. As availability in all year groups is limited, we recommend you register your child at the earliest opportunity. Our admissions registrars will guide you through the admissions process to ensure that your child is warmly welcomed.
Highfield and Brookham is broadly non-selective and takes pupils with a range of abilities which we believe is an essential element of our strength, and gives our schools great character and atmosphere. In general, children need to be of national average academic ability, however the ‘whole child’ is always considered. Our admissions process is designed to identify pupils who are able to benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education, and to make a positive contribution towards the life of the school. For children moving from other schools, emphasis is placed on their performance and conduct at their current schools, and the comments of their headteachers. We like to offer all children a trial day so they can get a feel for us and us for them. There are no formal written assessments.
Children can join our Nursery from the moment they turn two years of age. Our Nursery operates 35 weeks of the year and children may attend any days of the week that we have availability, and in any combination of morning and/or afternoon sessions, up to full time, five days a week.
Children are admitted to Brookham Reception at the age of 4+ without any formal assessment. If they are joining Brookham in Years 1-3 from another school, emphasis is placed on their performance and conduct at their current schools and the comments of their Headteachers.
Children usually enter Highfield in the academic year in which they turn 9, National Curriculum Year 4, or when they turn 10 or 11, in Years 6 and 7. Children in Brookham Pre-prep automatically move up to Highfield Prep and do not need to take a formal assessment. Children may be accepted into Highfield in other academic years if space allows, and if they are of a suitable standard academically.
Highfield and Brookham fees are outlined below. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £100. We offer Sibling Discounts: second child 2.5%, third child 7.5%, fourth child or more 12.5%. Please note this excludes Nursery and Steps-To-Boarding fees, only for current pupils and not applicable if any other discount is received. Please enquire about our Forces Discount.
Children may attend any days of the week and in any combination of morning and/or afternoon sessions, up to full time, five days a week. For example if you would like your child to attend three mornings with lunch per week, your termly fee would be 3 x £455 = £1,365.
Weekly Sessions / Term
Equivalent Daily Fee
8.15am - 11.45am
Morning with lunch
8.15am - 1.00pm
8.15am - 3.15pm
With 15 hours free entitlement*
8.15am - 3.15pm
Nursery fees are billed termly in advance but additional sessions can be booked which are billed in areas. We accept Tax Free Childcare Vouchers and Employer Childcare Vouchers as part payment towards nursery fees. An acceptance deposit of £400 is required to confirm your place.
*Free Entitlement must be claimed at the beginning of each term; it cannot be claimed in lieu.
Fees Per Term
* £3,025 for mornings with lunch. Afternoons free if eligible for Free Entitlement – max 15 hrs a week. £750 for afternoons if not eligible.
We accept Tax-Free Childcare Vouchers and Employer Childcare Vouchers as part payment towards the reception fee up to and including the term in which your child turns five. A deposit of £400 is required to confirm your place.
TIER 4 VISA PUPILS: £350 per term is charged in addition to termly fees.
Termly fees are as follows:
| ||Day||Full Boarding||Boarding|
*only applicable in Autumn and Spring term.
Boarding fees are fully inclusive except for uniform, trips and pocket money. A deposit of £1000 is required to confirm your place.
TIER 4 VISA PUPILS: £500 per term is charged in addition to termly fees.
Life for every parent is exceptionally busy and the daily logistics can be extremely complicated. As a result, we host a number of before and after school sessions to ensure that your children can be cared for at the times that you need.
| ||Times||Year Group||Food Provided||Fees/hour|
|Larks||7.30am - 8.15am||Nursery - Year 5||Hearty Breakfast||£8|
|Before School Care||8.00am - 8.15am||Nursery - Year 3||-||-|
|After School Care||3.30pm - 5.30pm||Nursery - Year 3||Snack||£8|
|Owls||5.30pm - 6.30pm||Nursery - Year 5||Home-cooked Dinner||£8|
We are happy to accept overseas children with sufficient spoken and written English to be able to participate fully in school life. Beginning level English speakers are welcome on our Intensive Summer School Course. For pupils on a Tier 4 visa there is an additional £500 charge per term (£350 for Brookham), otherwise the usual fees and deposits are required to confirm your place.
We enjoy good relationships with a number of agents and we are always happy to hear from agents offering a valued service to families overseas. For further details please contact the Headmaster's PA.
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