Fees, Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Basic fees are largely inclusive of all stationery, lunches, games, dancing lessons (except Ballet) and tuition on recorder. Optional tuition can be arranged through the school in a variety of musical instruments. Speech and Drama and additional coaching in certain sports, such as skiing, is available. All these activities will be charged in addition to the basic fees.

Please note that the Examinations Boards charge entrance fees for the GCSEs. These costs are included within the fees, however, resits, including ECDL modules, will be charged separately. Charges also apply for LAMDA and ABRSM examinations.

School Fees are payable on or before the first day of term for which they are due. The Offer Letter and Acceptance Form give rise to a legally binding agreement which takes effect when the Acceptance Form and deposit are received by the school. Parents should note that on accepting a place they become liable for the first term’s fees if they subsequently do not take it up.

2022 – 2023 Fees

Fees correct as of April 2022. Fees are reviewed annually in Spring for the Autumn Term.

Pre-School: £2,288 per term (mornings only including lunch)

Reception: £4,056 per term
Years 1 and 2: £4,437 per term
Years 3 and 4: £4,654 per term
Years 5 and 6: £5,162 per term

Senior School
Years 7 and 8: £6,984 per term
Years 9-11: £7,026 per term

Sibling Discount

Applicants with a sibling already at the school receive a sibling discount of 5% until their older sister leaves.

Payment Plans

  • Termly by Direct Debit
  • Fees in Advance Scheme
  • School Fee Plan are a provider of finance for School Fees and they may be able to offer you a service – www.myschoolfeeplan.com


The Abbot’s Hill Scholarship Scheme offers stretch and development opportunities, together with a percentage reduction in fees of usually between 5-10% to a small number of Year 7 entrants each year.

Academic scholarships are by invitation, based on exceptional performance in the Year 7 entrance assessment. Specialist Art, Drama, Music and Sport scholarships are by application, with assessments held in the January preceding September entry.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for Year 7 September 2023 entry is Thursday 1 December 2022.

Scholarship application forms are issued by our Admissions Office. Please ensure to have registered for Year 7 entry in the first instance.

Click here to register for Year 7 entry.

Scholarships Offered


Exceptionally-academic candidates, identified from the entrance assessment results, interview and reference from the current school are invited to sit the Academic Scholarship assessments in January/February.


Candidates will:

  • be given a drawing task to complete to assess technical skills
  • need to bring a portfolio consisting of a maximum of 5 pieces of their work, preferably created at home rather than at school
  • have the opportunity to discuss their portfolio with the Head of Art and Design


Candidates for both Acting and Musical Theatre Scholarships will:

  • Participate in a drama workshop with the other candidates
  • Perform a prepared solo monologue of approximately 2 minutes (monologues will be provided to choose from in advance).
  • Have the opportunity to share their passion for drama or musical theatre.

Musical Theatre candidates only will also be asked to prepare a song/dance of their choice to perform in addition to their monologue piece.


Candidates will:

  • Audition with the Director of Music, in their chosen instrument(s) or vocally
  • Instrumentalists should be minimum grade 4 level or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances we will consider candidates who are currently learning two instruments and have reached grade 3, or equivalent, in both.


Candidates for the specialist sports scholarship should play in their current school’s A netball team. Additional sports such as tennis, dance and gymnastics are welcomed, and must be played to a high standard. Successful candidates will be expected to prioritise School sports clubs and fixtures over external sporting commitments and to attend the Abbot’s Hill co-curricular sporting programme, representing the School in a range of sports.

Candidates will:

  • Participate in an endurance run, agility test and a timed sprint; they will also be assessed on netball ability and participate in a field lacrosse session.

Financial Assistance

Abbot’s Hill believes that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of financial circumstances. We are able to offer a limited number of means-tested bursaries to support pupils joining us in Year 7.

Bursaries provide financial support with tuition fees and are awarded on strong performance in our assessment process. Every award is based on the individual financial needs of the applicant and handled in the strictest confidence. Awards are normally tenable throughout a pupil’s time at the School, although they are subject to good conduct and progress.

Financial hardship bursaries may be considered should parents’ financial circumstances temporarily worsen whilst their child is at school. To provide a guideline: families whose joint net income after tax is in excess of £40,000 may find that they are not eligible for financial assistance. However, if you would like to discuss your individual case with the Bursar, Mrs Caroline Korniczky, please feel free to do so.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for 2023 – 2024 is Thursday, 1 December 2022.

How to Apply

To be considered for financial assistance, applications for entry to the School should already have been made by completing our registration form.

The application for financial assistance is made separately, directly to the Bursar, by completing and submitting our Bursary Application Form. Parents are also given the opportunity to discuss, in confidence, their situation and individual needs with the School Bursar. A home visit may be required in some circumstances. All bursary information is treated as highly confidential. Members of the teaching staff are unaware of which pupils have been awarded financial assistance. Any bursary offered to a pupil remains strictly confidential between the parents and the School.

To apply for bursary support, please contact the Bursar’s office on 01442 839107 or at pabursar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk for a Bursary Application Form.