St Faith’s offer Academic Scholarships for children entering Year 3, and these are available for both internal and external candidates. There is no formal application procedure; children who perform very well in the Year 3 entry tests (external candidates) and regular assessments in their Year 2 class (internal candidates) will be invited to sit the scholarship papers. When awarding a scholarship, we will take in to account the results of these scholarships tests and the reference from the child’s current school. Scholarships are occasionally awarded to candidates who perform extremely well in the Entrance Tests for Years 4 to 8. Academic Scholarship awards are normally between 10% and 30% of the full fees.
St Faith’s Bursaries
St Faith’s offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries to support new pupils to the School where parental means would be insufficient to meet the fees in their entirety. Bursaries, on a sliding scale, are awarded to pupils who we believe will gain most from a St Faith’s education, and who will contribute fully to the life of the school.
The provision of all financial assistance is at the sole discretion of the School and is subject to the means-testing rigour expected of independent schools by the Charity Commissioners. Both parents/guardians will be required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support (up to the value of around 40% of the fees in recent years) varies according to a range of circumstances including parental need, and also according to the amount of funding available.
Entry to Year 3 and above If you wish to apply for bursary funding for entry into other Year groups, the Bursary Application Form should be fully completed and submitted directly to the Bursar with supplementary documentation by 31 October in the calendar year prior to the year of admission. At the same time an Application Form and fee should be submitted directly to the Registrar, if one has not already been submitted. Please note that we cannot consider Bursary applications for children for whom Application Forms for a place at the School have not been received. You should also check with the Registrar whether there are still places available in your child’s proposed Year group prior to submitting an Application Form, if it is for other than a Year 3 place.
Allocation of funds will be considered by the School Bursary Committee, and decisions will be communicated at the same time that academic places are awarded in Spring Term prior to admission.
Entry to Pre Prep
Please note that financial assistance is only available for entry to the Pre Prep in very exceptional circumstances, and the deadline for Pre Prep Bursary applications is 31 March in the calendar year prior to entry.
Please send your application and accompanying documentation marked for the attention of The Bursar. The outcome of Bursary applications for Pre Prep children will be communicated during the Summer Term in the calendar year prior to admission.
Bursary applications which arrive at the School after the deadline will not be accepted, nor will those that are submitted after an offer of a place has been accepted and the Deposit paid.
Summary of Key Points:
- Bursary Applications for Years 3-8 must be submitted with all required supporting documentation by 31 October in the year prior to admission. Decisions regarding Bursaries will be communicated at the same time as academic decisions.
- A Bursary Application will not be accepted if an Application Form has not been submitted.
- Bursary applications will not be accepted for new pupils where the offer of a place has already been accepted and a deposit has been paid.
- Exceptionally, Bursary applications will be accepted for children applying for places in Pre Prep. These applications must be received by the School by 31 March in the year prior to entry and decisions will be communicated during the Summer Term in the year prior to entry.