Bursaries

Sevenoaks School has a long history of providing support to enable boys and girls to benefit from the outstanding education it provides. Currently 28 pupils are in receipt of full bursary awards, and around a further 20 are in receipt of a partial or temporary bursary. The school welcomes applications from able boys and girls who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend the school.

Eligibility

The school has limited funds with which to provide bursaries. Subject to available resources, we aim to provide at least five full bursaries to applicants for day places in Year 7 (or to applicants for day places in Year 9 if they are eligible and sufficient funds are available). Families should have a gross annual income of £40,000 or less, and should have no other resources or capital assets that could be used to pay fees. Additional assistance is provided for trips and essential extras. Priority is given to those living in Sevenoaks and the immediately surrounding area. Applicants must satisfy the school's entrance requirements and demonstrate that they would make the most of the opportunities offered by the school.

If sufficient funding remains once full bursaries have been awarded to eligible Year 7 or Year 9 applicants, full bursary awards will be considered for eligible applicants for day places in Year 12. If there is any funding remaining after providing for full bursaries, partial bursaries might be available for other deserving candidates for day places whose families have a gross annual income of £65,000 or less.

Hardship Bursaries

If you have a child already in the school and have suffered an unexpected change in circumstances which affects your ability to pay the school fees, please contact the Finance Bursar as soon as possible to arrange a meeting and to initiate a discussion on the way forward. If a short or medium term bursary seems to be needed the Finance Bursar will ask a representative of the school to make a home visit and carry out a means test, the results of which will be used to either award a bursary or to further inform how the school can best help you through a difficult period.

Enhanced Scholarships (Year 7 and Year 9 entry only)

Scholarships are worth £1,000 per annum. Families with children of scholarship potential who don't qualify for a bursary award, but do not have sufficient resources to pay full fees, may apply for an enhanced scholarship of up to 50% of the day fee. The level of any enhancement is subject to individual circumstances and available funds.

If you wish to be considered for an enhanced scholarship, please indicate this on the confirmation form that will be sent to you at the start of the admissions process. A home visit will then be made by a representative of the school who will carry out a means test before the scholarship assessment takes place. Applicants should have available documentation that supports all their income and outgoings, financial assets and liabilities. Enhanced scholarship offers are sent to successful applicants after the entrance assessments, together with the offer of a place at the school. Admissions staff can give you an indication of the likelihood of a scholarship being awarded following the entrance tests.

Application Procedure: Your Next Step

1 Please come to one of our Open Mornings for Year 7 or 9 entry

These are held throughout the year, when boys and girls and their families are welcome to come and look around the school, talk to teachers and chat with existing pupils. Details are available here. If you would like to arrange an individual visit and talk about bursaries please contact, as appropriate, the Registrar or the Sixth Form Registrar.

2 Complete the Online Application Form

The form is available here. The form should be submitted by the normal deadlines for an application for a place, which are:

11+ entry: 1 September in the academic year prior to the year of admission.
13+ entry: 1 September in the academic year two years prior to the year of admission.
16+ entry: 1 August in the academic year prior to the year of admission.

If, following means-testing, a bursary is awarded, we will be happy to reimburse the registration fee.

3 Confirmation forms

Confirmation forms are sent to all registered applicants at the start of the admissions process. Please indicate in the area provided on the form whether or not you wish to be considered for a means-tested bursary.

4 Means testing

Before the entrance test takes place a means test will be carried out at your home by a representative of the school. Please have available for inspection at the visit documentation that supports all your income and outgoings, assets and liabilities

5 Bursary offers

You will be notified of the outcome of your means test before your child sits the entrance test. You may be awarded a full bursary, a partial bursary or no bursary. In some cases a family which has not been awarded a bursary may be eligible for an enhanced scholarship, details of which are outlined above. Bursary award holders who are subsequently successful in any of the school’s scholarship assessments are awarded honorary scholarships. Bursary awards are subject to annual review and are adjusted to reflect significant changes in parental circumstances.

Further Information

Open Mornings for Year 7 and 9 entry are held throughout the year, when boys and girls and their families are welcome to come and look around the School, talk to teachers and chat with existing pupils. If you would like to arrange an individual visit and talk about bursaries, please contact, as appropriate, the Registrar or the Sixth Form Registrar.