Admissions / Fees, Bursaries & Scholarships

1)         What is a Bursary?

A bursary award gives parents who have accepted the offer of a place at St Paul’s a percentage reduction in the school fees.  It is only awarded to those parents who are unable to pay the full fees and who successfully apply to the school for a formal assessment of their financial situation.  The value of the award is therefore means-tested, and depending on the parents’ financial circumstances it could be between 25% and 100% of fees. Bursary awards are discretionary and subject to the financial resources of the School. Families with a gross household income of up £120k pa or less and modest net assets may be eligible for a bursary.  Those with gross incomes below £60k pa may be eligible for an award of up to 100% of fees, subject to net assets. These examples are indicative only and the School cannot guarantee that they will apply to particular parents.

The money to support bursaries all comes from the School.  There is no government support.

2)         What does the bursary cover?

The bursary will cover or part-cover the School fees, which includes tuition, boarding (if applicable), games, loan books (which must be returned at the end of the academic year), careers aptitude tests, learning needs tests, certain School publications and lunch. It may also cover or part-cover educational trips, examination fees, bus fare (on the School bus) and iPads.


3)         Are there any other costs?

Parents in receipt of a bursary award will be required to pay any balance of termly fees in accordance with the School’s terms and conditions. A deposit is also payable when parents accept the offer of a place, but this may be reduced in the event that a substantial bursary is awarded. The minimum level of deposit payable will be 50% of the full deposit required by the School.


4)         How do bursaries differ from scholarships?

Bursaries are granted on the basis of financial need and scholarships are awarded to signify outstanding achievement in academic work or talent in music at 11+ and 13+ (and art at 16+). Scholarships at St Paul’s are honorary, worth £60 per annum.


5)         How do I apply for a bursary?

Firstly, all applicants must fill in the online registration form and pay the registration fee of £175 for entry at 7+, 8+ and 13+,  or the £50 application fee at 11+ deferred and 11+. There is no fee for 16+. On completing the online registration form please state you wish to be assessed for a bursary.  


6)         When will I be assessed?

We will only assess you for a bursary as and when your son makes significant progress through the admissions process.  This is because we have many more applicants for places at the School than there are places available, and we have to be certain that we think your son would really benefit from the very particular type of education we offer here.  At that stage, we will automatically send you all the relevant forms and guidance notes to complete.  This will usually happen at the following points:

7+, 8+ and 11+ deferred entry – if successful in being called for interview following the written examination.

11+ entry – following completion of the ISEB pre-test and if invited for the written assessment.

13+ entry – in November of Year 8, having completed the selection process and accepting the place offered.

16+ entry – after interview.

7)       How will we be assessed for a bursary?

You will be sent an application form and guidance notes to complete and return. It will ask questions about your household financial income, expenditure and assets/liabilities, details of any investments you hold, your accommodation and your dependants. We require documented evidence to verify the information you provide.


8)        How is my son assessed for a place at St Paul’s?

St Paul’s is a highly academically selective school. The admission processes for each entry point differ and are set out in the School's Admissions Policy. Full details and timings of the process for each entry point can be found on Please be aware deadlines for registration differ depending on selected year of entry.


9)         If I already receive a bursary award for one son at the School, will I be able to apply for additional support if another son is offered a place at the school?

Yes, a bursary awarded for one son will be taken into account in assessing the support necessary for another.


10)      How can you ensure my son will not be treated differently to other pupils?

The bursary application process is entirely confidential – teaching staff are not made aware of any bursary award provided. Consequently, the School is able to focus on ensuring that every boy is fully integrated into school life irrespective of their economic background, so that they can all benefit from what the School has to offer.


11)         Does the bursary award last for my son’s entire schooling?

The bursary award is discretionary and is subject to an annual means-test re-assessment. The value of any award is calculated against a sliding scale, which means if your income increases the amount of assistance may diminish and visa-versa.


 12)         How do I arrange to visit St Paul’s and find out more about the School?

Call the Admissions Team on 020 8748 9162 (or 020 8748 3461 for Juniors) or email We will be happy to arrange a school visit for you and your son to view the school and talk to staff and pupils.

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