At Le Loft, we believe that private tuition should be affordable. We
believe that transparency inspires trust, so we are open and honest
about our fees. We put great effort into keeping our costs down: we are
trying to make a living, not a killing. We enjoy our work here, and this
enjoyment makes up a large part of our rewards. We believe that the key
to success for both us and our students is not only to be found in the
quality of contact, but also and critically, the frequency and
regularity of that contact. Our pricing strategy and our terms and conditions reflect these strongly
The minimum booking is two lessons at the standalone rate, currently £30. These two
lessons being satisfactory, the booking can be converted into discounted 4x
'block' bookings in one of three ways:
(i) The 'Single Block' scheme (20% discount: £24 ph): topping the £60 up by £36 to a total of £96 for a single block of 4 x 1hr
tuitions. Although we would much prefer to conduct tuitions on a term-by-term basis, we recognize that situations sometimes arise that require prompt or limited responses. We offer the 'single block' scheme for these occasions. This single block can also be converted into either of the longer term agreements described below.
(ii) The 'Standard' or '10 for 9' scheme (28% discount: £21.60 ph): 9 monthly payments of £96 by standing order will get you a total of 40 hours of tuition over the course of an academic year. This allows for a weekly tuition during term time, with a few extra slots for exams and revision; it allows a complete break from tuition during July and August, as well as some degree of flexibility for the school holidays.
(iii) The '13 for 12' scheme (26% discount: £22.16 ph): Our most popular option. There are 13 weeks in a quarter but only 3 calendar months: under this scheme we include the 13th week for free, providing a total of 13 tuitions for the price of 3 standard blocks. The flexibility of this scheme allows for the scheduling of tuitions for when they are most needed, usually in the immediate pre-exam and revision period. This flexibility is of particular benefit to those students managing a high workload. Naturally, as this scheme is so popular and we have to administer it on a flexible timetable, we require at least 48hrs notice of any proposed changes to existing tuition arrangements.
(iv) Termly Blocks (33% discount: £19.94 ph): Our lowest hourly rate. Termly payments are based on a 7.5-hour academic week for a 39-week academic year. Three equal payments are scheduled for the start of the Autumn (Sept), Spring (Jan) and Summer (Apr) Terms. Please ask for more details if you would like to pay for your tuition under this scheme.
A second way to reduce costs is
to team up with another student and share the costs of tuition. A two-to-one lesson is priced at 1.5 times the one-to-one rate, i.e. the rate for the second student is discounted by 50%. Small groups are
arranged and priced as follows: groups of 3-4 and 5-6 are charged at 2 and 2.5 times the applicable one-to-one rate respectively. Please enquire for more information on how this scheme is operated.
Experimental work is arranged and priced on an individual basis. The costs of providing the laboratory facilities are significant; we can only offer laboratory instruction to long-term students. Please enquire if you are interested in enrolling. We have found that a 4-hour slot is necessary for some of the more advanced protocols, whereas a weekly 2-hour slot tends to be more productive for the younger students.