Financial Assistance – Bursaries
Bursaries may be available for pupils applying particularly for entry to Year 7. In addition the Governors’ Bursary Committee will occasionally consider Bursaries to enable girls to join the Prep School if funds permit.
In common with other fee paying schools, Bursaries are strictly means tested. It is usual for financial support to remain in place throughout a girl’s time at the School, but each award is reviewed annually and adjusted in the light of any changes in financial circumstances. Bursaries provide support for basic fees (see School Fees) however, disbursements are payable as normal. Financial hardship Bursaries may be considered should parents’ financial circumstances temporarily worsen whilst a child is at the school. To provide a guideline – families whose net income after tax is in excess of £37,000 would normally be well outside the parameters set by the Bursary Committee.
In order to be considered for a Bursary, an application for entry to the school should be made, accompanied by a completed confidential statement of financial circumstances. Parents are also given opportunity to discuss, in confidence, their situation and individual needs with the School Bursar. A home visit may be required in some circumstances.
Girls are next invited to sit the Entrance Assessment. A good performance is required in these assessments as success in the selection procedure is part of the consideration for Bursary awards. Bursary awards are then decided by a small Bursary Committee made up of Governors, the Headmistress and the Bursar. Every award is made on an individual basis based upon the financial needs of the applicant. Whilst awards are normally tenable throughout a girl’s time at the school, they are subject to good conduct and progress.
Please be aware that all Bursary information is treated as highly confidential. Members of the teaching staff are unaware which pupils have been awarded Bursarial assistance. Any Bursary offered to a pupil should also remain strictly confidential between the parents and the school.
Please note that the Bursary application deadline for Year 7 September 2019 entry is 1 December 2018.