Hertfordshire’s fanciest private schools and how much they really cost

Private or independent schools are known for providing some of the best GCSE and A-Level results.

Hertfordshire is home to 23 schools some of which have primary and nursery units attached to them.

There are no boarding-only independent schools in the county, they are mostly concentrated in the south of the county closest to London in Watford and St Albans.

The rest of the county has them scattered about in places such as Welwyn and Berkhamsted.

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While there are lots of benefits to sending children to private schools, they do come with quite a costly commitment, but exactly how much are they?

We’ve put together a list of some of the most expensive private schools in Herts, and the types of facilities you get for paying a pretty penny.

The Purcell School for Young Musicians

General view of The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey
The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey
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Located in Bushey on Aldenham Road, the Purcell School for Young Musicians is a co-educational day and boarding school with 180 pupils.

The annual cost to go to this school is £26,748 for day students and £34,152 for those who are boarding, making this the most expensive private school in Hertfordshire.

They accept a range of ages from nine to 18 and there is no entrance exam.

It is Britain’s oldest music school and entry to the institute is based on musical ability and potential.

They aim to provide young musicians with the best possible teaching and they hold a UNESCO Mozart Gold medal in recognition of the school’s contribution to music, education and international culture.

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Haileybury is an independent school near Hertford.

It is a member of the Rugby Group and though originally a major boys’ public school during the Victorian era, it is now co-educational enrolling pupils from ages 11 to 16.

There are currently over 880 pupils at the school, with more than 550 boarding.

Annual fees for Haileybury come in at £26,646 for non-boarders and £36,144 for boarding students.

The school was established in 1862 and has a 500 acre campus, they encourage academic excellence and promote intellectual curiosity.

They have a number of co-curricular studies on offer to students, including climbing, scuba diving, film making and a model United Nations.

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

General view of part of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is an independent co-educational school offering specialist courses in Dance, Commercial Music, Musical Theatre and Acting for 8-19 year olds.

There are currently 326 pupils enrolled and an entrance exam is required for admission.

The school costs £22,155 for non-boarders and £34,620 for boarders.

They offer a balanced curriculum that provides students with a well-rounded education and the chance to excel as a performer.

Queenswood School

Queenswood is a girls-only independent school near Hatfield, twenty miles from London.

The school admits students at ages 11, 13 or 16 and was named in The Good Schools Guide in 2013 as the school to which others should aspire.

Entry to Queenswood is by examination, interview, and a satisfactory reference from the Headteacher of the applicant’s current school.

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Grades at Queenswood are consistently around one grade higher in every subject than would be expected at an average independent school.

The school teaches development through trying and failing but with a positive attitude to prepare them for their chosen fields.

Day fees at Queenswood are £21,345 per annum and £25,185 for boarders.

Haberdashers’ Boys’ School

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
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Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, until September 2021 known as Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, is a public school for boys aged 4–18 in Elstree.

The school is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and the Rugby Group

Founded in 1690, the school is committed to the highest standards of education providing a holistic and dynamic experience for students.

With a 100-acre campus, Habs shares a sister school for girls offering a single-sex education within a co-educational environment.

There are 1,429 pupils enrolled at Habs and fees cost £21,159 for day students, there is no option to board at this school.

Haberdashers’ Girls’ School

The sister school of Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, Haberdashers’ School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged four to 18.

They are ranked among the highest in the UK, providing a challenging, positive and stimulating community for students to fulfill their potential.

Like the boys’ school, Habs Girls has a wealth of co-curricular activities available alongside the primary education routine.

There are literally hundreds of activities from ceramics to cross stich, formula one club and life drawing.

Day fees cost £19,311 per year for students.

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