Client Review – Gads Hill School – Daniels Silverman

Set in the former Georgian home of world-renowned author Charles Dickens, Gads Hill School in Higham, Kent has built a strong reputation for its challenging academic curriculum and wide range of activities, trips and visits that encourage all pupils to develop their talents to the full. Many families are keen to secure the best possible education […]

gads hill logo

Set in the former Georgian home of world-renowned author Charles Dickens, Gads Hill School in Higham, Kent has built a strong reputation for its challenging academic curriculum and wide range of activities, trips and visits that encourage all pupils to develop their talents to the full.

Many families are keen to secure the best possible education for their children but are not always able to meet the continuing financial commitment that a private education entails.  For the past couple of years Gads Hill School has been using debt collection agency, Daniels Silverman to help recover debts from unpaid school fees.

Bursar, Tim Payne, is responsible for school finance and feels that there has been an escalation in the school’s debt issues since the economic downturn in 2007.

He commented: “We are a relatively small enterprise in comparison to some of the large name private, educational institutions, but with the school’s enviable reputation for educational excellence, many parents are keen to secure a strong academic start for their children and put enormous effort and financial commitment into achieving this. Unfortunately, for some it is a step too far and the on-going nature of school fees can mean, in some instances, that they are unable to continue to resource their child’s education.”

“We use Daniels Silverman as a last resort after our letters requesting payment have failed to bring any results.  The debt collection process means that Daniels Silverman really end up with the clients who either can’t pay or won’t pay so often the payment they secure is a compromise but it is certainly a good result and overall they collect on about 30 per cent of our cases.”