Fees and finance

Standard Scale of Fees

Application-form-Financial-Bursary-2024-2025 ESS



3 Mornings 4 Mornings 5 Mornings






Afternoon sessions (12.50pm – 3.15pm) can be booked for as many days per week, per annum, as required, bookable in advance.

Cost is based on one afternoon session per week for the whole academic year. 

There is a ratio of one adult to five children in our Seedlings for children aged 2 – 3.5 years old. Each of the two groups is small, with up to ten pupils per day. Seedlings offers ELC funded places to 3-year-olds and eligible* 2-year-olds. Once a child has turned 3, there is After Kindie Club until 5.30pm.     *Apply to your local Council. (If this is not Edinburgh Council, visit here for more details).



2024/25 5 mornings 1 Afternoon
£8,415 £775

There is a minimum of five mornings in Kindergarten (aged 3.5 – 6 years old), where the adult-to-children ratio is 1:8 in each of the four groups. Afternoon sessions can be booked for as many days per week, per annum, as required, bookable in advance. Cost above is based on one afternoon session (12.55pm – 3.15pm) per week for the whole academic year.  (After Kindie Club from 3.15pm – 5.30pm can be added termly / ad hoc).

ELC funded places are offered to all 3- and 4-year-olds and deferred 5 year olds living in Scotland. 


Early Years Wraparound

ESS Wraparound for Seedlings and Kindergarten pupils is open Monday to Friday from 3.15pm – 5.30pm, booked and paid upfront through the school shop; charged at £6 an hour pro rata.  It is not included within direct debit payment plans for School. Wraparound can be arranged, after consultation with the teacher, for children over 3 years old.


Lower School 





(Rounded to nearest pound)

Class 1



Class 2



Class 3



Class 4



Class 5

£12,227 £1,019

Class 6



Class 7



Class 8




Lower School – Find out more

Classes 1 – 6 After School Club

After School Club for Classes 1 – 6 pupils is open Monday to Friday from 1pm – 5.30pm, booked and paid upfront through the school shop.  It is not included within direct debit payment plans for School.

Class 1 finishes school at 1pm on 4 days a week, with a ‘long day’ (3.15pm) on Thursdays. This is increased incrementally each year to add a long day to the pupil’s school week. Therefore, Class 2 has two long days, Class 3 has 3 long days, Classes 4 & 5 have 4 long days and Class 6 finishes at 3.15pm every day.


Upper School




Class 9



Class 10



Class 11



Class 12



*** The monthly amount applies only if you are paying over 12 months.


Upper School – Find out more


Visiting Students

Annual (35 weeks) £17,487
Autumn Term (14 weeks)
Spring Term (11 weeks) £5,496
Summer Term (10 weeks) £4,996

The tuition fees above for Visiting Students includes class outings most Fridays and EAL.

Visiting Students – find out more Session Dates


Financial Information



Fees for a full session are payable by direct debit in twelve monthly instalments from August to July inclusive. In the event of any instalment not being met timeously, the School reserves the right to charge 10% interest per annum from the due date until payment as per the signed enrolment agreement. Please promptly contact the School Bursar if you have difficulty making payment.

Payment termly or annually in advance is also welcomed. 



Charges and Outlays

Upper School parents will be required to make a contribution towards textbooks and art materials. These will be charged each term in arrears and are payable by bank transfer or other methods. These payments are not included in the direct debit agreement for fees.



Notice Period

If you wish to withdraw a child from school you must give written notice to the School Bursar one full term before the last day your child attends School. If a child is withdrawn without appropriate notice the fees for that term are payable as per the terms and conditions of the signed enrolment agreement. 



Tax-Free Childcare

As Edinburgh Steiner School is a registered childcare provider, fees for Seedlings, as well as Wraparound in Early Years and the School and Extra Curricular Clubs costs for children aged eleven and under, can be paid through a Tax-Free Childcare account. This UK Government scheme reduces the cost of childcare delivered by a registered provider by 20%.

To check your eligibility and set up the government account, visit: Tax-Free Childcare on the UK Government website. 



Third Child Reduction

We offer a 25% discount on the fees of a third child and any subsequent children providing that all children are attending Edinburgh Steiner School simultaneously. 



Fee Discount For Employees Of Anthroposophical Organisations

Employees of organisations with an anthroposophical ethos are eligible to receive 25% fee remission for all children enrolled in the School. Employees who work at least 50% of a full-time contract but less than 100% will be entitled to fee remission. Families in receipt of this discount will still be eligible for a school bursary if justified by their household income.


List of qualifying anthroposophical organisations