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St Gerard's School In Bray Posts Loss Of Over €600k.

The €643,522 deficit follows a loss of €569,952 at the school in the previous 12-month period.

St Gerard’s School, the fee-paying coeducational school in Bray, made a loss of more than €600,000 last year, according to its yearly financial statements.

A note in the school’s directors’ report, accompanying the financial statements for the year ending in July 2023, said that school running costs increased materially last year due to inflation and public sector pay increases under the Building Momentum agreement.

The €643,522 deficit follows a loss of €569,952 at the school in the previous 12-month period.

Staff costs increased considerably during the year. The wage and salary bill rose from €3,363,665 in 2021-22 to €3,761,150 in 2022-23. Added social welfare and pension costs also increased the employee bill.

Along with student fees, private schools generate income through funding from the department. In 2022, the department provided €112 million in funding to private schools across the country, the bulk of which was spent on salaries for staff.

Direct costs at St Gerard’s came in at €4,886,225 in 2022-23, with administrative expenses at €3,335,285. A fall in the value of the school’s financial assets, a loss of €141,860, was also accounted for in the income and expenditure account.

After last year’s deficit, the total funds available to St Gerard’s was €32,969,683, accounting for its tangible and financial assets, and current assets, including its campus outside Bray.

A note on the recent accounts indicates that the school’s board of directors “have a reasonable expectation that the school has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future”.

It raised fees for the 2023-24 academic year to €8,169, an increase of 5 per cent. The school caters for pupils from Montessori to Leaving Certificate level.

The senior, or second-level, school had 590 students last year, according to the directors’ report. The junior school had an enrolment of 249 and 39 children attended the Montessori.

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