"We're all encouraged equally to improve and succeed." - Pupil


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

Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:

  • Entry Bursaries. New applicants to the school, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees.
  • Continuation Bursaries. 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parents/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.

The level of a bursary is determined by the extent of financial need and therefore applicants are required to complete an application form which provides details of their income and capital. Where there is no financial need, no bursary will be granted. The level of awards varies significantly and in exceptional cases can be as much as 100%, but awards tend to be in the range of 10% to 40% of the combined tuition and boarding fee.

The School has limited resources from which it can offer bursaries. Within overall budget funding, the School will in normal circumstances set aside each year a Hardship Fund, for cases of sudden, unforeseen need or where applications meriting bursary assistance are received out of the normal calendar cycle for bursary submission, scrutiny and award. This sum will be set within budgetary constraints.

A range of factors is considered in making the awards and there are no hard and fast rules. As a result the number and size of bursaries can vary considerably. In considering the financial need of an applicant, the size of family and the level of income and capital are taken into account.

Any bursary awarded will continue through to the completion of the recipient's education at Chafyn Grove School. However, the level of award will be reviewed from time to time, to ensure that the family's financial circumstances have not improved sufficiently to reduce or remove the need for a bursary.


Where the child is not currently attending Chafyn Grove School an application to attend the School is required in the first instance. When making an application for a place at the School, parents will be invited to contact the Admissions Secretary should they wish their child to be considered for an Entry Bursary. They will then be sent a Means Test form which should be completed and returned to the Admissions Secretary along with a Registration Form, applying for a place. Parents should also enclose a letter, setting out the justification for their application, to the Chairman of the Finance Committee who is also the Chair of the Awards Committee (CAC).

Parents of existing pupils seeking a Continuation Bursary should contact the Bursar's Office for a Means Test form, which they should return to the Bursary, together with a letter, setting out the justification for their application, to the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

The Means Test form requires details of the family income and regular commitments such as mortgage payments etc. Unearned income must also be shown. Details of other children in the family are required and information about their current status; attending school or place of further education, or in work. This is intended to provide a clear picture of the family's position in order to allow the School to make a fair assessment. In most cases the parents will be invited to have a short meeting with the Bursar so that the process may be fully explained.

The Cases for Assistance

The Head and Bursar will consider a number of factors when making the judgement as to the justification for support, and the extent of such support. In the main, the child’s suitability for the school is the first consideration in granting support.

Suitability. In assessing a child’s suitability, attention will be given to the academic assessment result of each applicant, but potential will also be considered as well as actual achievement. Bursary funds are limited and those judged most suitable will be given priority as those likely to gain most from the educational provision. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Head, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work, and benefit from participation in the wider, extra-curricular activities on offer at the School. In normal circumstances, each applicant should meet the School’s normal academic requirements. Previous school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.

Financial Limitations. The amount of the bursary award is not influenced by the level of the academic ability of the child but by the extent of need. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the School’s ability to fund these within the context of its overall budget. It is recognised that judgements about what sacrifices a family should make to pay school fees will be personal. However, the School has a duty to ensure that all bursary grants are well focussed and so, as well as current earnings, other factors which will be considered in determining the necessary level of grant will include:

  • The ability to improve the financial position or earning power of the family. For example, where there are two partners, both would be expected to be employed unless one is prevented from doing so through incapacity, the need to care for children under school age or other dependents, or the requirements of their partner’s work.
  • Opportunities to release any capital. Significant capital savings and investments would be expected to be used for the payment of school fees, as would equity values in houses.
  • In cases of separation, the contribution made by the absent parent.
  • Contribution to household costs by other members of the wider family, any adults unrelated to the child or by outside sources.
  • Where fees are being paid to other schools (or universities) the School’s grant will take into account all these outgoings.

Acknowledging that others might have a different view, the School considers that the following would not be consistent with the receipt of a bursary:

  • Frequent or expensive holidays.
  • New or luxury cars.
  • Investment in significant home improvements.
  • A second property/land holdings.

The School reserves the right to carry out a ‘home visit’ to establish the financial circumstances of a family applying for a bursary.

Other Factors. It is recognised that, in addition to academic ability and financial constraints, there may be other circumstances which should be considered. These include:

  • Where a child has siblings at the School.
  • Where the social needs of the child are relevant (eg: may be suffering from bullying at their present school).
  • Where a parent/guardian is terminally ill or is unable to secure permanent employment due to poor health.
  • Where a separation has resulted in the child having to be withdrawn from the School adding to the stress of coping with the parents/guardians separating.

Wherever possible Means Test forms in respect of bursaries should be returned to the School by the end of the December prior to the school year for which the bursary is sought. Applications will be considered after this date but will be dependent upon the availability of bursary funds.

Parents may apply for a place at the School for their child on the basis that acceptance will be conditional upon receiving bursary support.

The application process

Applications will be considered by the CAC in consultation with the Bursar and Headmaster. The level of any award will be agreed by the CAC and Bursar, and a formal offer or rejection will be made (usually by the CAC) in writing to the parents. The cut-off for awards is determined by the point at which bursary funds are exhausted. Unsuccessful cases are usually the result of either lack of evidence of financial need, or insufficient availability of bursary funds. There is no course of appeal following the committee's decision, but at the same time no bar to reapplication.


The Awards Committee meets in February to consider the recommendations for both Entry and Continuation Bursaries presented by the Headmaster and Bursar and seeks to notify parents by early March. The parents should then advise the School if they wish to take up the bursary and (if an Entry Bursary, the place at the School) within two weeks of receiving the offer. In exceptional circumstances, applications for bursaries may be considered at other times of the year but awards will be dependent upon the availability of bursary funds.

Length of award

Bursaries are normally awarded on the basis that assistance will be required for as long as the child remains at Chafyn Grove School. However, some awards may be granted for one year and then be subject to review. This typically applies where a family has experienced a temporary change in their financial circumstances. In all cases, bursaries are conditional upon the pupil making reasonable academic progress and maintaining good standards of behaviour and may be withdrawn in the event of consistent breach of School rules or serious misconduct.

Where the financial position of the family changes the School expects the Bursar to be notified and this may lead to a review of the amount of the Bursary being granted. From time to time parents of children receiving bursaries will be requested to complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances to ensure there has been no significant change in their financial position.

All bursaries are offered and accepted in writing

Funding of bursaries

The School's ability to make bursary awards is possible only by allocating a proportion of the School’s annual fee income.

Other sources of bursary assistance

Other sources of bursary assistance There are a number of educational and charitable trusts which provide assistance with tuition fees. In the majority of cases these are to assist children who are already attending a fee-paying school and due to a change in financial circumstances may be unable to remain. Furthermore such trusts tend to be reluctant to commit funds for more than one or two years and therefore will be unlikely to consider pupils in the Pre-Prep or at the lower end of the Main School. Nevertheless the School encourages parents to apply for support where it is felt a good case can be made for assistance. Most trusts will contact the School to seek information regarding the pupil's conduct and general performance. Further information on how to pursue such assistance may be obtained from:

The Bursar
Chafyn Grove School
Bourne Avenue

Tel: 01722 321902

The Joint Educational Trust
6 Lovat Lane

Tel: 020 7283 3445


"We're all encouraged equally to improve and succeed." - Pupil