Bursaries

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. Such requests are considered through the Educational Bursary Award scheme, details of which are explained below.
  • 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parents’/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.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 considered through The Beacon Bursary Fund (existing and administered independently of the School).

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, for example their savings, investments and saleable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, and any other persons dependant upon them. Further details are given via the links below.

The application process – brief overview

Bursaries may be made available to parents/guardians of children wishing to enter The Beacon, normally in Year 3 or above. They are awarded at the discretion of the Governors, on the recommendation of the Headmaster and the Director of Finance & Operations, 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 Director of Finance & Operations 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.

Please see the links below for full details and application forms. For further information, please contact Frank Muzika, Director of Finance & Operations at dfo@beaconschool.co.uk or telephone 01494 736168.