Thanks for your question.
This come down to the contract between you and the school.
Was there a contract which you signed or terms and conditions which the school made you aware of?
Even if you did not sign a contract you will have accepted the terms and conditions by conduct, I.e putting your kids at the school.
Your responsibility may be under the terms and conditions to pay the fees in full in circumstances where the grant is not paid or to pay the difference if a lesser amount is received by the school by way of grant.
Why was the grant not paid?
Do you have a copy if the terms and conditions /contract shish you can attach, I am happy to review it?
I have a feeling that you will probably have to pay the fees to avoid court.
Do I understand that you children were offered a place after the start of the school term?
The terms are not entirely clear. But I interpret the terms that if a place is offered after the start of term then fees will be calculated pro-rata.
However, the headmaster has discretion and any departure for personal reasons will not be taken into account.
It is perfectly reasonable for the consulate to only cover fees if children are registered and attending the school.
It looks like an exemption may have applied if a place was offered after the start of term but as the decision to move the children was personal the the headmaster need not take this into account and can request payment of the full fee.
I hope this helps and clarifies the position.
Please can I ask you to accept my answer. Thanks
Please do ask any questions you have
Ok, I interpret it like this. The exemption applies but you removed your children. On removing your children the grant was revoked by the consulate. The terms and conditions say that leaving during a school year will not be taken into account if for personal reasons. The school considers it was for personal reasons removal of the children during the school year, hence full fees payable.
Did you leave to another AEFE network school
I expect the school is claiming that you left for personal reasons - I.e to move the children to a public school. It says in the rules leaving for personal reasons will not be taken into account. Hence the change for full fees by the school.