Northern Ireland

Parents in the Republic now paying over €10,000 in school fees, but one Northern Ireland school charges even more

School fees have risen in the Republic (ePhotocorp/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It now costs around €10,000 to attend one of the Republic’s most expensive private schools, according to new figures.

But a look at the fees at some of Northern Ireland’s school and the cost rises to more than £20,000 for its most senior pupils.

According to their website, the fees for Year 11-14 pupils at Rockport School in Holywood, Co Down is £6,775 per term - a total of £20,325 per annum.

The independent school, which has around with almost 300 students, also charges £6,505 per term for pupils in Year 8-10, totalling £19,515 for the academic year.

Other schools in Northern Ireland that set fees include Campbell College in east Belfast, which charges £3,470 per annum and Royal Belfast Academical Institution where fees are £1,300 per year.

Campbell College is a fee-paying, selective school
Campbell College in east Belfast

The Irish Independent revealed that for the first time ever it now costs more than €10,000 to send a child to the Republic’s most expensive private school.

According to new data, costs have risen by up to 17% across the sector as fee-paying schools experienced inflation in energy and food bills.

St Columba’s in Rathfarnham, south Dublin is the most expensive private school in the Republic, charging €10,258 – an increase of over 6% from a year earlier.

Cistercian College in Co Offaly is the second most expensive, charging €8,600 for day fees, followed by King’s Hospital in Palmerstown, Dublin, which charges €8,484.

Many private schools surveyed in the Republic said inflation and a lack of government funding had attributed to the rise in fees.