A parent contract is a legally binding document that sets out the contractual terms and conditions between a parent and an independent school. It is formed once a school place has been clearly offered and accepted, and should be signed by all relevant parties. Contracts are becoming increasingly important as the tendency of parents to challenge school decisions grows.

This topic sets out how to form a contract and what it should cover, such as the payment of fees, charges for late payment, and whether the pupil has an automatic right to move through the different stages of the school. Throughout the topic, “parent” is used to mean “legal guardian” as well.

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