North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020 North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2021

Fees and bursaries

Fees 2020-21

We recognise that choosing an independent school is an important decision, and for many families it represents a significant financial commitment. We aim to deliver an exceptional experience for all of our pupils whilst keeping our fees competitive.

We offer a number of ways that families can pay fees:

Annual Termly 9-monthly DD (Jul-Mar)
Senior School £14,328 £4,776 £1,592
Primary School (Y3-Y6) £10,701 £3,567 £1,189
Primary School (R-Y2) £9,810 £3,270 £1,090
3 days Nursery* £5,886 £1,962 £654
4 days Nursery* £7,848  £2,616 £872
5 days Nursery* £9,810 £3,270 £1,090

Lunches are not included in the fees. For 2020-21 the full time lunches for Primary will be £570 per year. Senior school pupils use a card system.

Fees must be paid in advance. If paying termly the fee payments are due 31 July, 31 October and 31 January. For further information please contact the fees department on 0113 228 5127 or

*All 3 year old children attending The Grammar School at Leeds are currently eligible to claim the Free Early Education Entitlement up to and including the term in which the child is 5. The first 15 hours of Early Years Foundation Stage education are delivered completely free of charge. The balance of fees payable for the term are due entirely in respect of the additional hours your child attends the school.

We pride ourselves on our ‘value-added’ and with the help of our pupils we have created this short film to explain what it means, and why it is so important for your child.


Means-tested bursaries

We offer means-tested bursaries for new pupils joining Year 7 and Year 12. These may cover the full fee or part of the fee, depending on household income. Our bursaries are offered to pupils who rank highly in the senior school entrance exam (Year 7 bursaries) or have excellent GCSE grades (Year 12 bursaries) and whose families meet our financial criteria. We do not offer scholarships based solely on academic or sporting ability.

Bursaries are awarded based on household income and the cut-off is £60,000 pa.  The table below gives an overview of the bursary bands:

Bursary bands for September 2021 entry
Gross household income Typical bursary award
0-£25k 100%
£25-31k 95-85%
£31-£41k 85-60%
£41-£51k 60-35%
£51-£60k 35-10%

Please note, the deadline for bursary applications for entry to Year 7 in September 2021 is 31 October 2020.

Bursaries are offered following a rigorous means-testing process which includes a home visit and an assessment of your child’s academic performance but please be aware that while our bursary funds are growing steadily, there is extremely high competition for the awards with typically 10 applications for every Year 7 bursary and three per Year 12 bursary.

Documentation and guidance for bursary applications:

Music Scholarships

We have a proud music tradition and music is an essential part of school life. We offer a small number of music scholarships to new pupils joining the school in Year 7 and, depending on the scholar’s musical ability, the scholarship is worth either a 20% reduction on school fees or covers the cost of instrumental lessons.

Music scholarship applications involve an audition and as competition is high we expect applicants to be approaching or at Grades 4 or 5, preferably on an orchestral instrument. However, this is not essential. Music scholarships are offered to applicants who have satisfied our entrance  requirements, both in the academic examination and at interview.

In order to apply for a music scholarship, please indicate your interest on our online application form.

Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 228 5121