Updated: 09/01/17 : 04:40:50
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Sligo school among those with upped annual fees

PRIVATE SCHOOLS have upped their fees for students, a survey has found.

Sligo Grammar School is among those charging more to parents and students in the current academic year.

The details emerged in a nationwide survey of fee-paying schools by the Irish Independent at the weekend.

Families of students at the local Grammar School are eligible for fees of 3,180 in 2016/17 -- an increase of 200.

Pupil numbers have also shown an increase at the Sligo school, the survey said.

They stood at 447 for the year 2015/16, up ten from the previous year and an increase from 408 in 2013/14.

Willingness, Ability

In recent years, government Budget cuts had driven down the number of private schools from 55 to 51.

But pupil numbers in the private school sector have grown by almost 1,000 in just four year years from 2011/12.

Fee-paying schools account for just seven percent of the country's 730 secondary schools.

The raised fees reflects, suggested the Irish Independent, ''a growing confidence about the willingness and ability of families to pay for their childrens education.''

 Meanwhile, seven-day boarding fees at Sligo Grammar School are 8,950 per annum, said the weekend survey.