The Governors of The King's School, Gloucester are committed to broadening access to the school. To this end, we are able to offer a number of means-tested bursaries which provide financial support with the payment of school fees. These will take into account financial and other pertinent circumstances of applicants.
Bursary awards are made in the spirit of the Charity Commissions test of public benefit and to widen access to the School to those families who would, for financial reasons, not otherwise send their children to the School. Bursary awards are also made to provide assistance to those parents whose financial position deteriorates or is suddenly altered for the worse. All bursary awards are made from a limited fund and not all applications will be successful.
Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances. Awards are made on the basis of The King's School Scale of Awards, which sets out award levels in relation to a family's financial circumstances. The Scale of Awards is reviewed and revised annually by the Bursar to reflect any changes in fee costs, and approved by the Governors. Though awards are generally tied to this scale, they may be varied upwards or downwards depending on individual parents/guardians' circumstances (e.g. their savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, any other persons dependent upon them and like factors) or other pertinent considerations.
Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:
New applicants to the school, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees. Existing pupils where a change in parents/guardians' circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.
All bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances. Current bursary holders will be issued with repeat means-testing forms at the beginning of February each year for return by the end of the month. For those previously in receipt of bursaries, the Head and Bursar, in making their joint recommendation to the Bursaries Committee, have the discretion to recommend to the Governors the reduction or withdrawal of an award not only where a pupil's progress, attitude or behaviour has been unsatisfactory but also where the parents/guardians have failed to support the school, for example by the late payment of any contribution they are making to the fees.
The School respects the confidentiality of bursary awards made to families and recipients are expected to do likewise.
Other Sources of Bursary Assistance
In addition to the School's Bursary Fund, there are a number of educational and charitable trusts which provide assistance with tuition fees. In the majority of cases, these are to assist children who are already attending a fee-paying school and due to a change of circumstances may be unable to remain. The King's School encourages parents/guardians to apply for support where it is felt a good case can be made for assistance. Further information on how to pursue such assistance may be obtained from:
The King's School