Wellingborough is a diverse and welcoming community, a School which believes that our fees should not present a barrier to children who are in a position to benefit from the opportunities that we offer. We understand the transformative effect of education and hope that as many children as possible will be able to flourish here, regardless of their background.
We can offer eligible parents or guardians financial assistance with tuition fees. Such support is known as a bursary and is aimed towards the Senior School, usually for pupils joining us in Year 7 or Lower Sixth. Bursaries are awarded as a discount of between 10% and 100% of tuition fees, depending upon the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of the applicants. The parents of approximately 60 Wellingborough School pupils, aged 11 to 18, are currently in receipt of a means-tested Bursary.
Requests for our financial support usually fall into one of two categories:
- New applicants to the school whose parents or guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees.
- Existing pupils where a change in parents’ or guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part-way through a stage of education.
The bursary fund is finite and demand usually exceeds available resources. It is important therefore that bursary applications are received in time; completed applications for entry in September must be received by the School by Friday 22nd January 2021. Late applications can only be considered where sufficient funds remain.
We will only consider applications from parents or guardians who have already registered their child for entry and paid the registration fee.
What proportion of the fees will my bursary cover?
Bursary amounts vary from 10% to 100% of tuition fees, and some awards may also contribute towards additional costs such as uniform and mandatory curriculum trips.
How many bursaries are available each year?
The number of bursaries awarded each year is dictated by available funds. Some families only need a small amount of support, whilst others need much more. We will try to support as many deserving cases as possible, but ultimately it is the funds available for that year, coupled with the levels of demand, that will dictate the numbers awarded.
Is the award in place for the whole time of my child at Wellingborough?
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 during January of each year, to be returned by middle of February.
Are bursary applications confidential?
The bursary application and any subsequent award is confidential to the admissions and bursary staff only; no teaching staff are aware of who is and is not on a bursary. In the same vein, it is a condition of the bursary scheme that recipients are similarly expected to keep awards confidential.
Are there separate terms and conditions associated with accepting a bursary?
Where bursary awards are made, the School is providing financial support beyond its standard terms and conditions; there are therefore additional conditions imposed when a bursary is accepted, which are provided at the time of the offered award. In short, the Headmaster and the Bursar have the discretion to reduce or withdraw an award 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.
Applying for a bursary (existing pupils)
For existing pupils, where the financial circumstances of the parents or guardian have changed, please contact the PA to the Bursar to request a Bursary Application Form.
Applying for a bursary (new pupils)
For new pupils, you need to:
Complete the online Registration Form (and pay the £75.00 Registration Fee). Please indicate you require a bursary application form in the additional information section.
The Admissions team will send you a Bursary Application Form to complete which needs returning along with supporting documentary evidence (via email or post) by Friday 22nd January 2021.
Your child will need to sit the normal entrance exams, and if successful, we will write to you with the offer of a place and any associated bursary award in February. At this point, you can decide whether or not to accept the place.
If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Department on 01933 222427.