Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Governors, and the Head and Bursar are responsible for coordinating the process.
The bursary process for Year 7 entry in September 2018 is now closed. The bursary process for Year 7 entry in September 2019 will open in the Summer 2018.
Below is a breakdown of the steps involved in the bursary application process for pupils entering year 7:
Parents/guardians seeking a bursary for their child to enter Year 7 are required to complete an application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The form, which requests details of income and capital, can be found below and must be accompanied by full documentary evidence. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the Bursar on the date stipulated, which will always be prior to the date of the Entrance Exam. Applications made after this time will not be considered. BGS does not give bursaries unless the bursary application paperwork is completed and signed by all parties who have signed the Parental Contract.
The Bursar assesses all applications in order to establish the likely level of support which will be required in order to allow the child to attend the School. This may involve the Bursar, or his/her representative, visiting the parents’/guardians’ home to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair.
The Bursar prepares a recommendation in accordance with the School’s aims and means and discusses this with a panel which will include the Head and a governor; a joint recommendation is then reached.
The parents/guardians are advised whether their child is to be offered a place at Bury Grammar School and of the bursary offer.
Parents/guardians are then required to sign a letter accepting the place at the School and an acknowledgement agreeing to the conditions relating to the bursary.
The Case for Assistance – Year 7 Entry
The Head and the Bursar will consider a number of factors when making the judgement as to the justification for support and the extent of such support:
A. Pupil’s Suitability
In assessing a child’s suitability, attention will be given to their performance in the entrance examination and interview and potential will also be considered. Bursary funds are limited and those judged most suitable will be given priority as those likely to gain most from the educational provision. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Head, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work and benefit from participation in the wider, extra-curricular activities on offer at the School. Previous school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.
B. Financial Limitations
The amount of the bursary award is not influenced by the level of the academic ability of the child but by the extent of need. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the School’s ability to fund these within the context of what is viable within the School’s overall budget. It is recognised that judgements about what sacrifices a family should make to pay school fees will be personal. However, the school has a duty to ensure that all bursary grants are well focused and so, as well as current earnings, other factors which will be considered in determining the necessary level of grant will include:
- The ability to improve the financial position or earning power of the family. For example, where there are two partners, both would be expected to be employed unless one is prevented from doing so through incapacity, the need to care for children under school age or other dependants, or the requirements of their partner’s work.
- Opportunities to release any capital. Significant capital savings and investments (including second properties) would be expected to be used for the payment of school fees.
- In cases of separation, the contribution made by the absent parent. Please note that both parents will usually be assessed unless there is evidence that it would not be reasonable to do so.
- Contribution to household costs by other, wider, family members, any adults unrelated to the child or by outside sources.
You can read more information in our Governors' Bursary Policy.