Learn about West Cork Sudbury School's membership dues:
The WHYs, HOWs and the NUMB3RS.
We will do our very best to accommodate you!

Why is WCSS asking for membership dues?

West Cork Sudbury School is a Not-for-profit company and registered Irish Charity*.
The ROI does not provide any funding to institutions who do not follow the set curriculum, which subsequently means WCSS does not receive state funding through the Department of Education & Skills.
Therefore WCSS has to charge membership dues, on a cost sharing basis, to cover all operational costs.

To make sure WCSS remains sustainable and to ensure its viability we do put a lot of time and energy in applying for grants and fundraising both through private donations, philanthropy, organised events and seeking volunteers within our community throughout the year.

If you would like to support us in our efforts, you can find out how here.

You can trust that we at WCSS are fully transparent about our charity's finances and activities.


* CHY 20206027

Membership Dues

Membership dues are generally based on 10%
of a family's Gross Household Income (GHI).

If you may not be able to afford the 10% of your GHI, please reach out!
Or if you feel your GHI figure is an unfair interpretation of your disposable income,
we are happy to work out your membership dues individually, based on your NET income, if you are happy to provide this.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to reach out.

Membership dues based on every family's GHI allow us to achieve the following:

  1. Accessibility: Make it accessible to families of all incomes to send their children to WCSS. The minimum contribution we ask for is € 2,100/year, and where possible we will offer further subsidies through our Solidarity Fund.

  2. Family-friendly: We offer sibling subsidies where possible, to allow families to enrol multiple children. Please contact us about sibling placements.

  3. Sustainability: Ensure the financial viability of the school given that WCSS does not receive state funding through the Department of Education & Skills.

The Gross Household Income (GHI)

The GHI is the total combined income of the household before taxes are deducted. Each family’s membership dues are assessed using their particular GHI figure. However you may also provide your NET Income if you feel this is more appropriate basis for assessment. Supporting documentation may be requested.

GHI excludes children's allowance and domiciliary care allowance, but includes social welfare payments such as unemployment assistance.

Please contact us if you are unsure of how your membership dues are determined, or wish to discuss any aspect of the admissions process. We are all about dialogue!


How are membership dues determined?

Standard Membership Dues are 10% of a family's
Gross Household Income,

with a suggested minimum contribution of € 2.100 .

Please note:

Applications of families who do not wish to disclose their GHI cannot be processed.

Please note:

Membership dues are payable in advance or monthly via standing order.

A deposit of 3 monthly rates is mandatory before enrolment.


Solidarity Fund

A small number of families may qualify for further subsidies, if the school budget allows for such subsidies in the relevant year. We cannot guarantee our budget will allow for this, particularly in our first years but it is an objective that we will rigorously strive for.

The Solidarity Fund can
a) provide fully subsidised placements
b) match the membership dues.

Please note: If you would like to apply for the Solidarity Fund, please get in contact with us through email or send us a letter.

If you have any questions please email us to schedule an appointment by phone or in person.

Due to restrictions of fundraising and delays in grant applications during Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown, there is no money in our Solidarity Fund, at present.