New analysis busts myths about private school affordability
School PlacesPress Release18 November 2015
“It’s a pretty common perception that private schools are hugely expensive and out of reach for all but the wealthiest families. But when we analysed private school tuition fees in Australia we found that 42 per cent of places in year 7 are less than $5,000 per year, and a further 33 per cent are between $5,000 and $10,000. Just 11 per cent of schools have fees above $20,000 a year”
6 out of 10 parents say choosing a secondary school for their kids is as stressful (or more) than buying a new home
School PlacesPress Release18 February 2015
A report released by School Places today is set to challenge perceptions about what matters most to parents who are choosing a high school for their kids, while highlighting that affordability and feeling under pressure to make "the right decision" are universal concerns.
"A Parent’s Perspective: School Selection in a World of Choice", School Place’s inaugural report, is based on an online survey of more than 1,000 parents around the country who currently have children in primary school. It has found that the vast majority of parents are not making decisions based on public versus private, single-sex versus coeducational schools, or even schools’ academic results.
QLD families to save thousands on private school fees.
School PlacesPress Release28 October 2014
From today, families in Queensland can secure substantial discounts on places at a range of private schools as the world’s first competitive online marketplace for private school places expands into the state.
"School Places" (schoolplaces.com.au) helps private schools maximise student numbers and optimise revenue by connecting them with families who are searching for discounted private school vacancies.
Over 150 Queensland parents have already registered on schoolplaces.com.au to be alerted when a vacancy that matches their search criteria is loaded on to the site. From today a core group of schools will publish vacancies on the site including Caloundra City Private School, Calvary Christian College, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and Canterbury College.
Tasmanian boarding schools to attract mainland students with help from a new online service.
School PlacesPress Release28 October 2014
The world’s first competitive online marketplace for private school places expands into Tasmania today having partnered with three local schools looking to compete with Victorian schools for boarding students.
“School Places” (schoolplaces.com.au) helps private schools maximise student numbers and optimise revenue by connecting them with families who are searching for discounted, last minute private school vacancies.
The site received a phenomenal response when it launched in Victoria in April, achieving 35,000 vacancy searches on its official launch day. Since then, it has delivered more than $3.7M in enrolment fees to its 38 partner schools in Victoria and New South Wales with over $3.3M in enrolment fees currently pending processing by the schools. Meanwhile, it has saved parents almost $200,000 in total through the offers they have taken up.
Families in NSW to Save Thousands on Fees for Private Schools.
School PlacesPress Release29 July 2014
From today, families in New South Wales can secure substantial discounts on places at a range of private schools as the world’s first competitive online marketplace for private school places expands into New South Wales.
"School Places" (schoolplaces.com.au) helps private schools maximise student numbers and optimise revenue by connecting them with families who are searching for discounted private school vacancies. The service received a phenomenal response when it launched in Victoria in April, including 35,000 website searches on its official launch day. Since then, more than $1M in school fees have been delivered to School Places’ partner schools, and parents have taken up offers that will save them almost $200,000 in total.
Meanwhile, nearly 500 people from NSW have registered on schoolplaces.com.au to be alerted when a discounted vacancy that matches their search criteria is loaded by a NSW school onto the site.
School Places’ growth to accelerate as Tank Stream Ventures and rampersand come on board.
School PlacesPress Release11 June 2014
"School Places" (schoolplaces.com.au), an online marketplace that helps independent schools maximise student numbers and thus optimise revenue by connecting them with families searching for discounted school vacancies, has received $2M in investment support led by Square Peg Capital, Tank Stream Ventures and rampersand.
School Places CEO Natalie Mactier said: “We are delighted to have the support of rampersand and Tank Stream Ventures, who have joined cornerstone investor Square Peg Capital. This injection of capital will allow us to accelerate School Places’ expansion plans, and we see it as proof of the momentum of our business.”
Ms Mactier said that School Places is receiving a phenomenal response, which included 35,000 website searches on the company’s official launch day.
World’s first competitive online marketplace for private school places.
School PlacesPress Release29 April 2014
Australians already shop online for deals on flights, hotels and tickets, and private school places are next thanks to an innovative online service officially launched today.
“School Places” (schoolplaces.com.au) helps families search for and secure a discounted place in a private school via a transparent and simple online enrolment process. At the same time, it benefits schools and their communities by helping them optimise student numbers and revenue, and minimise the need to increase fees.
The idea for the business was conceived by 25 year old Jeremy Wein, who was using an online travel site while his father discussed a friend’s struggle with rising school fees. Having fleshed out a business plan, he secured financial and advisory support from Paul Bassat at venture capital firm Square Peg Capital. Paul is best known for co-founding SEEK, the world’s largest online employment business, which has become one of the 50 largest listed companies in Australia.
Chase for private school place sees net ‘shop’ expand
Damon KitneyThe Australian29 January 2015
The online education company bankrolled by the James Packer - backed Square Peg Capital and the venture-capital arm of the billionaire Kahlbetzer family plans to expand its offering to let parents secure fully paid places in some of the nation’s leading private schools over the internet.
The Scots School Bathurst is one of two Central West private schools to this week launch last-minute student vacancies and enrolment discounts of up to 40 per cent. You may have heard of last-minute discounted flights and hotels, but now last-minute student vacancies are being offered through the School Places website.
Cut-price last minute online private school deals a reality
Rebecca VukovicEducationHQ30 July 2014
Searching for last-minute deals on the internet is commonplace these days, but now parents will be able to find similarly discounted vacancies for their children at some of Victoria’s and New South Wales’ most elite private schools.
Just like finding a last-minute flight or accommodation deal, parents will now be able to find last-minute vacancies and discounts at some NSW private schools. Launched on Tuesday, the School Places website will offer discounts of between 10 and 40 per cent at private schools. The discount is for two years at most of the schools and there are often vacancies at all levels.
Investors pile in to back Australian private school discount site
Paul SmithAustralian Financial Review12 June 2014
An Australian online marketplace that lets parents hunt for discounted private school places for their children has closed a $2 million investment round. With backing from local tech funds Square Peg Capital, Tank Stream Ventures and Rampersand, it will now expand its services beyond Victoria to New South Wales, and then nationwide.
The James Packer and Paul Bassat-backed start-up business offering an online enrolment process to search and secure a place at private schools at a discounted price wants eventually to extend into the higher education sector and overseas markets.
New school of thought in private placement website
James HutchisonAustralian Financial Review29 April 2014
Getting children into private schools has long been seen as a competition, with parents often entering their child's name from birth in an effort to obtain a sought-after spot. But a Melbourne- based start-up is hoping to make private school placements as easy as booking a hotel room or plane flight.
A CO-FOUNDER of the highly successful online job board Seek is backing a new venture that aims to extend Australians’ passion for last-minute, discounted deals into the contested market for places in private schools.