Before our students arrive, we want them to appreciate and be comfortable with the learning based community they are about to join. After an initial discussion, prospective students might attend a ‘taster day’ or two, so that they can see for themselves how a Centre operates and whether it is the right learning environment for them.
All our students agree to three conditions:
The taster day or days will be followed by a discussion with the parents or carers, and a decision about what happens next – whether the student will be offered a place or be put on a waiting list, how the place will be funded, and how soon they can start. If it is agreed that RB is not the best place for the student, advice will be given on the next steps the parents or carers can take.
Funds for a place at RB may come from the student’s school, the local authority or from a private source. It might be possible to obtain a bursary for up to half the fees.
The fees for a child to attend one of our Centres full-time start at £20,000 per year (higher in London) and depend on their needs. For detailed information about the fees charged by each Centre or Red Balloon of the Air, please contact our head office at email@example.com or 01223 366052.
If fees are being met by a local authority, the Centre will normally invoice for each term one month in advance. Registration fees and deposits are not required.
Bursaries of up to 50% of the fees are available for students for whom a place at Red Balloon would be appropriate and who meet the Bursary Trustees’ criteria.
Red Balloon Learner Centre Group Trustees have a clearly defined procedure for the granting of bursaries to potential candidates when funds are available. This procedure will be used to determine if a child should be offered a bursary, or to decide which of several candidates should be offered a bursary if the available funds are insufficient for all.
For an appropriate candidate, the Bursary Committee will grant a bursary that covers up to 50% of the fees. This will be augmented by funds that the local trustees and the Coordinator of the Centre or RBAir will find from a variety of sources, including the local authority, the school from which the child has come, a parental contribution, individual donors or local charitable trusts.
Donors to the Bursary Fund expect to be kept in touch with students’ progress and given any other salient information.
Additional information about the Red Balloon Bursary Fund can be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 366052.