As a non-profit ministry, the school seeks to keep fees at affordable rates. Discounts are available for siblings and for early payment of fees. Limited financial aid may be available to families who cannot afford the full fees but this assistance is dependent upon support for the school's Educational Fund.

Every family requesting financial aid must be prepared to disclose detailed information about their financial situation, including proof of income and a household budget. Please contact the Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

School fee schedule for 2017 

Monthly school fees x 12 months per annum

Grade RR & R = R2 700.00

Grade 1 = R2 900.00

Grade 2-3 = R2 960.00

Grade 4-6 = R3 200.00

Grade 7 = R3 300.00

12 x monthly payments (Jan – Dec) payable by the first day of each month

4 x quarterly payments, payable by the first day of the first month, each term (3% discount)

2 x half year payments, payable by the first day of January and July (5% discount)

1 x annual payment, payable by the first day of January (8% discount)

 Additional Fees and charges

Activities fee

Grades RR, R & 1 = R900.00

Grades 2 - 3 = R1000.00

Grades 4, 5 & 6 = R1 100.00

Grade 7 = R1 250.00

The activities fee is payable before school commences.

This fee covers the cost of outings, sporting events, basic stationery and craft materials.

Development Fund

R1 250.00 A contribution to the development fund is levied only once, in the 2nd year of attendance.

SMS service

R 40.00 payable on invoice

The school communicates with families through an SMS service. If you wish to receive SMS’s at more than one cell number, there is an annual levy for the additional number/s.

Application Fee

R200.00 admin fee (all applicants) plus R300.00 assessment fee (Grades R-7), payable on application.

There is a discount of R50.00 on the admin fee for each sibling application (when submitted at the same time).

The admin fee is non-refundable and payment does not guarantee acceptance.

The assessment fee will be refunded if no assessment is administered.

There is no assessment fee applicable to Grade RR applications.

Enrolment Deposit

1.5 months fees

A deposit of one and a half month’s fees is payable upon acceptance. This is invested and interest is added to the school’s Educational Fund. The original amount of the deposit is retained until the child leaves the school and is refunded once any outstanding fees have been paid.

Educational Fund

Partial financial support from the Educational Fund may be available, depending on availability of funds. Please contact the Administrator for an application form.


The Vine School has several funds established for the growth and support of the school. Contributions to the Educational Fund, Building Fund and Development Fund are tax deductible in accordance with Section 18A of the Income Tax Act of 1962. If you would like to assist another family who cannot afford the whole cost of an Ambleside education, you may do so by supporting the Educational Fund. The Building Fund was established as a first step of faith towards eventually owning a property. The Development Fund is for school improvements such as upgrading furniture, sports equipment and curriculum materials.

Parents and teachers also contribute to the Benevolent Fund which allows teachers to discreetly provide assistance when they are aware of a particular need such as a food parcel, school uniform, or medical help.

Payment options

Full annual payment by cheque or EFT – on or before the first day of January.

All other payments by debit order, on or before the first day of every month.

Cash payments are discouraged. If fees are paid by means of a cash deposit, a cash deposit fee will be charged.