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The Parent Contract

The Parent Contract

The Parent Contract Template

Our Parent Contract template has recently undergone a substantial revision to reflect changes in the law and best practice. The importance of a comprehensive suite of contractual documents setting out clearly the obligations and rights of the parties cannot be understated.

With our Parent Contract, your school can maintain greater control over its legal relationship with parents.

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The Latest Edition of the Parent Contract

This now has five distinct versions, suitable for:

  • Boarding schools
  • Day schools
  • A shorter version for day schools with fewer than 200 pupils
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Nurseries

The information below introduces the new templates and provides you with information about the documents included and how VWV can assist in tailoring them to best suit your school.

The Parent Contract Templates

We have developed new versions of our parent contract templates to better meet the specific requirements of each school. The table below sets out the documents included in each version.

These templates take account of recent changes in the law affecting independent schools, including:

  • Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013
  • European Union Directive on Consumer Credit
  • UKVI Immigration Rules
  • the Consumer Rights Act 2015

They also benefit from the experiences of our School Fees Recovery Scheme which, each year, handles a huge number of claims for unpaid fees on behalf of many schools.

Parent Contract Documentation

Our Parent Contract template includes:




Shorter form (small day schools)

(Sixth form college) 


Fees list

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Registration form

Ethnicity form




Letters of offer




Cancellation notice and form

Conditions of award (bursary or scholarship)




Acceptance form

Confidential information form




Terms and conditions

Data protection information notes


Biometric information notice and consent forms




If your school would like to use our Parent Contract, for a fixed fee you will receive the documentation described above plus advice from our specialist lawyers on the preparation of first and second drafts tailored to your school’s needs.

For further information about the Parent Contract or to request a template on approval, please contact John Deakin on 0117 314 5335.

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