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.

The School has appointed an independent company, Bursary Administration Limited, to undertake bursary assessments on its behalf.  All applications for bursary places are assessed on a means-tested basis and include a visit to the family home of successful candidates to help gain an understanding of the family situation and calculate the financial need of the family on an individual basis. Assessments take into account your family situation, including 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.

The number of awards which we can make each year are limited, and due to budgetary constraints, it is possible that not every eligible application for a bursary will result in an offer of financial assistance from the School. All awards are made at the absolute discretion of the School.

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 to be completed and returned to Bursary Administration Limited before your child’s entrance test, so that they are able to advise the amount of financial support you will receive before you need to take a decision on any offer of a place.

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