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I signed a contract in September for my daughter to start at a new school as we are moving. The verbal agreement with my ex husband was that he would pay half the fees. He has now said he will not pay half the fees and I can no longer afford for my daughter to go to the school. I have therefore withdrawn her from the school in the October (33 days after signing the contract). I am now being asked for a term's fees as I did not give a full terms notice of withdrawl.

 

There was no way I could give a whole term's notice as I was signing within a term of her going to the school. The contract says the reason for this charging of a term's fees is the financial loss the school will have suffered for another pupil being able to take this place, but seeming as she was strting in Jan taking a spare place they are not suffering any loss. I am already losing my deposit I paid. Is there any way around this contract? Parents have advised that is was not possible to fulfill the notice so the contract should not stand, and also I withdrew so quickly that they would have not lost out financially but I am concerned I am stuck with this fee htat \i cannot pay.

 

They are now saying they will be charging me interest on top of this. I have written to the headmistress of hte senior school, the headmaster of the prep school (she was going into year 6) and the bursar explaining my situation, but have had no written response, just a curt phone call from the bursar's secretary who has told me the fees are overdue and I will now be paying interest. Can anyone help?

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Keep in mind that claims are for losses. If your little girls not at school then it is not costing them anything and they will have to show why the interest is being applied.

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Keep in mind that claims are for losses. If your little girls not at school then it is not costing them anything and they will have to show why the interest is being applied.

Thank you for your help

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