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Bursary Awards

The Governors of The Beacon are committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a Bursary which is awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other relevant circumstances of applicants.

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parents’/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education – such requests are dealt with through the Beacon Bursary Fund (existing and administered independently of the school) and are not considered here.


What does the financial support cover?

The Educational Bursary award covers some or all of the following according to financial need:

  • School fees (up to 100%)
  • School uniform and games kit
  • Curriculum trips
  • Music tuition
  • Learning support


How is the eligibility for financial support determined?

Awards are determined depending on individual parents’/guardians’ circumstances eg their savings, investments and saleable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, any other persons dependant upon them etc. Further details about this are given via the links below. For guidance, however, it is unlikely that this award would be made to families on an annual income of more than £55,000 - £60,000.


The Application Process - brief overview

Bursaries may be made available to parents/guardians of children wishing to enter The Beacon in Year 3 or above. They are awarded at the discretion of the Governors, on the recommendation of the Head and School Bursar, who are responsible for the management and coordination of the process. Other than the additional consideration of financial circumstances the School’s Admissions Policy will be followed. 

Indicative timetable 

Completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence should be returned to The Bursar by the end of the February half term for a bursary to start the following September. We will invite eligible pupil candidates to visit the school during the second half of the Spring term, when they will be assessed for entrance. Parents will be notified before the start of the Summer term regarding the success or otherwise of their application.

See the links below for full details and application forms. For further information, please email bursar@beaconschool.co.uk or telephone 01494 736159.

 Bursary Policies and Procedures (PDF, 732 KB)

 Appendix A - School Application (PDF, 718 KB)

 Conditions of Bursary Award (PDF, 715 KB)

 Appendix B - Bursary Application (PDF, 765 KB)

 Appendix C - School Admissions Policy (PDF, 229 KB)