A small number of bursaries are available each year to pupils whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees. They are open to pupils joining in any year group, and are not strictly limited to scholarship candidates.

They can be any value; in some circumstances, up to the full amount of the fee. The demand for bursaries is often oversubscribed, in which case performance in the Entrance Assessments will be a key factor in prioritising support.

For your son or daughter to be considered for a bursary, it will be necessary for you to complete a Financial Circumstances Form | PDF 382KB which is submitted, in confidence, to the Bursar to enable her to make a recommendation to the Head. This form should be fully completed before the entrance examinations are taken.  

Support is based on an in-depth financial assessment taking into account all financial circumstances including capital assets and investments, and not just income and expenditure.  A home visit may be undertaken and any bursary awarded will be reviewed annually and may change according to circumstances.

For pupils already in school, whose family circumstances have unexpectedly and significantly changed for the worse, the application process is the same and is managed on a case by case basis throughout the year. However, except in very exceptional circumstances, it is unusual for an award of this nature to be made within the first two years of a pupil’s career at Denstone as we assume that there are sufficient financial resources at the point of entry to cover this period.

There are a number of charitable organisations which exist to offer support in cases of financial difficulty, albeit that the current low-interest rates limit their available resources and they often have quite tight criteria. Details are available at educational-grants.org.

Our Financial Circumstances Form is downloaded below. If your son or daughter is not yet in College, and you would like to discuss your situation or require further information, please contact Admissions. If you are already a parent of the College, please contact the Bursar directly.

Financial Circumstances Form | PDF 382KB