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Bringing your child to King Edward’s School for their education represents a significant financial commitment. The School recognises this commitment and has a long history of supporting pupils who would benefit from an education at our Senior School but whose families require financial assistance to do so.

Financial support is provided through the School’s means-tested bursary programme which is at the heart of our ethos and charitable purpose today.

This year, King Edward’s is providing up to £1.3 million of means-tested bursary support, with around 20% of pupils in the Senior School in receipt of a bursary.



 At present, means-tested bursary awards are usually restricted to pupils joining Years 7 and 12. Once awarded, unless parental financial circumstances change, bursaries will usually continue throughout the pupil’s time at the School.

All bursaries are subject to annual review and may be varied up or down if parents’ financial circumstances alter but this will always be done in discussion and consultation with parents. Whilst the School endeavours to increase the bursary award proportionately in line with year-on-year fee increases, this is dependent on the School’s financial circumstances and therefore cannot be guaranteed.

In addition to providing financial support in relation to fees, the School may also be able to provide further assistance to bursary recipients towards purchasing uniform or meeting other costs such as certain school trips.

Year 7 (Entrance) Bursaries

In a typical year, up to thirty pupils may be awarded bursaries, with the majority of these bursaries providing support of between 40% and 100% of the school fees. All pupils applying to join the School in Year 7 are eligible to apply.

Year 12 (Sixth Form) Bursaries

For those joining in the Sixth Form (Year 12), approximately five pupils are awarded bursaries; again, awards of up to 100% may be available.



Complete the Online Registration Form

A bursary application form and guidance notes can be obtained by ticking the appropriate box when completing the online registration form. The bursary application forms are in line with the generally accepted principles adopted by HMC Schools with regard to making means-tested awards.  Applicants are particularly requested to adhere to the closing date for applications. 


Award Decisions

Bursary awards are made on the basis of an assessment of a family’s financial circumstances, including their savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as their income, major outgoings, the size of their family, any other persons dependent on them and other similar factors.

Where there is over-subscription for means-tested bursaries, awards will take into account an applicant’s academic performance and potential and their ability to make contributions to the wider life of the School.

All assessments and awards are determined jointly by the Headmaster and Bursar, and decisions are communicated at the same time as the offer of a place at the School.

To view our Bursary Policy, please visit our Policies page by clicking the link below:



In addition to our means-tested bursary programme, we also offer the following non means-tested awards:

Year 7 Academic Scholarships

There is no separate Academic Scholarship examination.  Academic Scholarships may be awarded to those pupils who excel in the entrance examinations.

Year 7 Special Talent Awards

These awards may be made to candidates who show outstanding talent in one of the following areas:  Art, Drama, Music or Sport.  Applications for Special Talent Awards can be made via the online registration form.

Both Scholarships and Special Talent Awards are for a fixed sum, usually payable each year up to GCSE Level, subject to continued good performance. A Scholar or Special Talent Award holder may also hold a bursary award.

For more information on applying for this year's Special Talent Awards, please click on the link below.

Scholarships & Awards



We do not offer automatic sibling discounts, but we do consider any siblings at the School whenever we receive applications for financial assistance through the means-tested bursary process. 


Bursary Form Request Deadlines for 2024 Entry
Year 12 for entry in 202427 October 2023
Year 7 for entry in 202427 November 2023



Please note that the deadline for completed bursary application forms are:

  • 6 November 2023 for Year 12 bursaries
  • 8 December 2023 for Year 7 bursaries

For all enquiries relating to bursaries, please contact the Bursar’s Office, either by email: [email protected] or telephone: 01225 464313. A bursary application form can also be obtained by ticking the appropriate box on our registration forms. 

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