The Perse School

Means-tested Bursaries

Welcoming bright children - whatever their background


The School has its roots in benefaction and we remain committed to our founder’s vision – to realise the talent of future generations by providing an excellent education to children of all backgrounds. Thanks to our Bursary Fund of around £1m per annum, 120 children whose families would not otherwise be able to afford a Perse education receive means-tested financial assistance to study here. We are proud to be supporting these students, but we aim to do more: our vision is to double that number through our An Enduring Gift campaign.

Our means-tested bursaries for families of limited means are available for children from Year 3 onwards. Financial support ranges from 5% to 100% of annual fees.

How to apply for assistance with fees

Applicants requesting a bursary are subject to the standard assessment criteria that form part of the entrance process. Places are only offered to applicants who meet the admissions criteria.

All applications for bursary places are assessed on a means-tested basis and include an interview at the School in the case of successful applications. We will take into account your family situation, including the number of school-aged children, the financial circumstances of both parents and of any current partner of one or both parents, along with social security benefits and other financial details. These will include both capital and current income. All bursary awards made are subject to annual means-testing thereafter.

As a very rough guide, combined families with an income of more than £71,250 with one school-aged child are unlikely to qualify for financial assistance with fees. We operate a sliding scale below this limit which we reserve the right to vary in special cases, but all awards are at our absolute discretion. The number of awards which we can make each year is limited.

If you would like to apply for assistance with fees please complete and return the registration form and registration fee to the Admissions Office before the registration deadline in the year prior to entry. Please ensure that you tick the box on the Registration Form which indicates that you are applying for ‘means-tested assistance with school fees’. The Bursary will contact you directly. It may be helpful to know that the Bursary will need a detailed means-test form returned before your child’s entrance test so that they are able to advise you about the amount of financial support you would receive well before you need to take a decision on any offer of a place.

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