Fees and Bursaries

St James offers pupils an inspirational and fun introduction to school life, through a balanced education where creativity, academic success and spiritual well-being walk hand-in-hand.

We are committed to broadening access to the school by offering eligible parents or guardians bursaries to help with school fees. Bursaries are awarded on a means-tested basis and can cover up to 100% of fees, depending on need.


Lunches (vegetarian) are provided free within the basic fee.


Nursery fees for 2024/2025 are as follows:

  • Morning £3,435 per term
  • Full Day £5,585 per term
  • Afternoon (per session) £445 per term

We offer the government’s universal 15 hours of free childcare, which provides funding for a nursery education place for up to 15 hours per week to all 3 and 4-year-olds.

In April, that funding will also be offered to eligible working parents of 2-year-olds. 

More information here.

*Minimum number of sessions is 5 mornings
*Full day sessions include lunch

Prep School

Prep School fees for 2024/2025 are as follows:

  • Reception – Year 6 £7,325 per term
  • Bus charges per term (inward or outward) £258

Registration: There is an initial registration fee of £150 which is non-refundable.

Acceptance Deposit: There is an acceptance deposit of half a term’s fee (whole term’s fee for non-UK residents). This deposit is then credited back as a bank transfer.

Fees are payable in full by the first day of each term. All fees are to be paid by direct debit unless otherwise arranged with the Bursar.

Please see St James Schools cancellation notice and form here.

For monthly payment, the school has an arrangement with School Fees Plan. More information is available here.


All current parents, and parents who have completed their registration for admission are entitled to apply for a bursary. St James uses an external company to provide us with an independent review of individual circumstances. This review will include a home visit.

Parents who wish to apply for help with fees must confirm to the school no later than the last Friday in the November prior to the academic year of entry.

If you would like further information about the process, please email the Bursary Secretary on

Where next?

The Pause

At St James, we feel it is important to introduce our pupils to stillness and allow them to discover how to be inwardly free and deeply at ease within themselves. A short period of 5-10 minutes at the beginning and middle of every day is allocated to quietude in which pupils may meditate, contemplate or simply be still – according to their own spiritual inclinations.

Learn more