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Bursary Frequently Asked Questions

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of a means-test form which requests full details of income and capital resources. Our bursary team assesses the merits of each individual application in November the year before entry and offers financial support as appropriate. Kindly note that applicants for 11+ entry will be sent bursary forms following their ISEB online pre-tests in early December.

Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.

After registration, you may request a bursary application form. For entry to the Senior School, applications should be made in the September before the entrance examination, i.e. one year before your son would start at the school.

The examples below illustrate the types of families who could benefit from our bursary scheme.

  • Both parents self-employed on low income. Living in rented accommodation. One child receiving 100% fee remission.
  • Both parents employed with low incomes. Living in modest home with mortgage. One child receiving 90% fee remission.
  • One parent with moderate income. Living in rented accommodation. Two children receiving 70% fee remission.
  • Parents both working in moderately paid employment. Modest home with mortgage. One child receiving 20% fee remission.

A new scheme introduced in 2016 offers more generous support to families with a household income less than £120k. All bursary places are subjected to successful completion of the entrance requirements.

The parents of any successful candidate for either school may apply for a bursary.

High Master Mark Bailey discusses fee assistance at independent schools.

For more information about the bursary application process, please contact our admissions department at admissions@stpaulsschool.org.uk.