Bursaries Introduction

The Governors of Bury Grammar School are committed to broadening access to our School by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support towards school fees. Such support is known as a bursary and bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial circumstances of applicants.

If you would like to apply for a bursary for Year 7 entry in September 2020, please read the information below and complete the bursary application form. The deadline for submitting your bursary application form is 20 January 2020. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept any bursary application forms that are submitted after this deadline date.

Year 7 bursary application form

For Year 7 entry in 2020, and subject to the funds available, it will be possible to receive full fee remission if gross family income is less than £15,000. If gross family income is higher than £70,000 then it is unlikely that financial assistance will be available.

 About Bury Grammar School's Bursary Scheme

The aim of the bursary scheme is to provide fee assistance, as far as is possible, to ensure that academically gifted pupils are able to attend Bury Grammar School regardless of their financial circumstances.

A bursary is an award based on academic merit and financial need. It is a sum of money provided by the school to help you pay the fees. The value of a bursary is related to applicants’ household income and financial resources. It can provide anything from some assistance to the full cost of the fees.

The School offers a number of means tested bursaries each year. These are awarded to pupils entering the Senior School either in Year 7 or in the Sixth Form at Year 12. No bursaries are provided to pupils in the Junior Schools.

The demand for bursaries is high and the School has a limited amount of available funding. This inevitably means that some applications will be unsuccessful.

Bursary awards are offered at the discretion of the Governing Body of the Bury Grammar School. The Bursar is responsible for the management and co-ordination of the Bursary Scheme.

 Ongoing Means Testing

Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and the School reserves the right to decrease your bursary if your income increases year on year. Parents should budget for an increase in fees if income goes up. There is no obligation on the School to increase your bursary if your income falls year on year. Your bursary, once awarded, will last for five or seven years and is dependent on sufficient School bursary funds being available each year and, in extreme circumstances, could be reduced (but not taken away completely). If it comes to our attention that full information is not disclosed, then we reserve the right at any time to reduce or withdraw a bursary and this may result in your son or daughter having to leave the School.

Applicants may be asked to provide further information. The Bursar may request to visit parents at home. The School reserves the right to disregard applications without explanation. All awards are at the discretion of the Governors. No bursary will be given where the parents or guardians have refused a home visit.

The School is unable to disclose information about the number of awards made. Ultimately this depends on the money available to the School (some of which is from outside sources) and the financial means of applicants. These vary from year to year.

Other Information

There are only a small number of bursaries available. It is likely that a number of Entrance Examination candidates will have met the individual School’s academic criteria, but will not have achieved high enough marks to be offered a bursary. In such circumstances, a partial award may be made available, but in many cases a full fee paying place is offered when a bursary application has been made. Parents will be given the opportunity to either accept the fee-paying place, reject the place, or state that the place can only be accepted if financial assistance is made available.

Bursaries only contribute towards school fees; no assistance is provided for the cost of uniform or travel to and from school. Occasionally assistance is provided for certain school trips. If this is the case this will be explained to you at the time when the bursary offer is made.

A small number of applicants are likely to receive an offer of a place with a ‘Reserve’ bursary. This means that financial assistance may become available if another applicant refuses a place with assistance.

BGS Bursary Policy