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Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered

Q. What proportion of the fees will a Bursary cover?
A. Depending on your family income and circumstances it can cover up to full fees, in which case you would not have to pay anything towards the school fees.

Q. How will I know how much Bursary help I might receive?
A. To give you an initial idea of how much bursary help we would provide, we will ask you to complete a short financial assessment. Once the results of the entrance tests are known and a place has been offered to your son or daughter we will confirm the exact amount of the Bursary offered. All financial information will be handled in strictest confidence and will never be disclosed to anyone else.

Q. If I am awarded a Bursary will it continue for the whole of my child’s education at SES?
A. Yes. We will ask you to update your initial financial assessment each year but, subject to your child progressing satisfactorily and your financial situation not changing significantly, the Bursary will be awarded for the full length of your child’s secondary education through to age 18.

Q. What about the extras such as help with uniform, school lunches and trips?
A. We recognise that these additional costs can add to the burden of school expenditure and we have other funds to help families with these and similar items in cases of need.

Q. We are not very well-off financially but are very interested in applying for a Bursary.
Will my child fit in to the School if most children are full fee payers?
A. We have no doubt that your son or daughter will fit in extremely well. With our long and successful history of the County Scholarship, where boys and girls from all backgrounds have studied with us, we know that our broad social mix is something that we all value very highly and provides for a harmonious school community.

Q. Are there a fixed number of Bursaries available?
A. Although we have a limited amount of funds available to support Bursaries we try to make these funds help as many families as possible. Some may need only a small amount of help, others much more – perhaps as much as a Bursary covering all the fees. We shall always try to help where we can.

Q. What do I need to do now?
A. Once registered, all you need to do is tick the box marked Bursary on the Application Form for a place at one of our senior schools, which will be sent out when details of the Entrance Examination are forwarded in the November prior to the January examination. Your child will need to take the normal entrance test and, if successful, we shall write to you offering a place.

Q. Does this commit me to accepting the place?
A. Absolutely not. There will be no pressure on you to accept the place until you are completely satisfied with all the details.

Q. My child is at Stamford Junior School. Can we apply for a bursary?
Bursarial assistance is not available for pupils whilst they are at Stamford Junior School, although application for a bursary can be considered upon transition to the senior schools. There should be no expectation that bursarial support will be awarded and any applications will be considered objectively. Bursary applicants undertake rigorous means-tested screening and there will be a requirement for your child to sit the Entrance Examination as part of the assessment process. 

We welcome any questions so please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions office.


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