To educate pupils of merit from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, our partner schools offer assistance with fees. The Bursary Foundation works to increase this provision. Fee assistance is based on the total gross income of the household in which the pupil lives and will be on a sliding scale. Specific information regarding income can be found on individual schools’ websites.
There is no particular ‘type’ of pupil we are looking for, but the qualities we hope to see are academic potential, a genuine enthusiasm for learning, a curiosity about the world and an ability to think about issues in depth. These qualities may display themselves in many different ways.
No. The schools that The Bursary Foundation partners with are selective. Pupils must therefore sit an entrance examination as well as either an interview or assessment day and be successful at each stage before being considered for a place. The Bursary Foundation helps pupils showing potential to prepare for exam and interview.
Transitioning to secondary school can be difficult and we are aware that our partner schools may be very different to pupils’ current schools. We therefore place huge importance on ongoing pastoral support to help pupils thrive by acting as an intermediary between families and schools, ensuring that appropriate pastoral support is available. We can organise school visits, provide past exam papers, work with families to arrange transport and help with application forms amongst other things.
We can help show families the merit of attending one of our partner schools by arranging school visits and meeting with them over a period of time to answer their questions. Our programme will only be successful if we work closely with teachers, pupils and families towards the same outcome. It would not benefit pupils to work with them if their families on board with the project.
The Bursary Foundation works to ensure that pupils can benefit from everything on offer at our partner schools. Each family's circumstances are taken into account individually and where applicable, extra costs such as sports equipment, foreign language exchanges, uniform and transport may be included in the cost of a pupil's bursary.
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"Without the help of the Bursary Foundation, the dream of attending grammar school would be unachievable. The Bursary Foundation have gone above and beyond my expectation- meticulously planning out every detail with Remi and her mum to make her dream of attending a top independent school a reality.
Costs such as transport, uniform, school trip fees, access to technology and money for school meals has all been considered and planned out and without such thought and care, it would not have been feasible for Remi to attend grammar school, despite her talent and intellect."