Our bursary programme is generous and designed to make it possible for as many girls as possible to access learning at Rye St Antony as possible.
A bursary can be life-changing, enabling a pupil to access all that an independent education can offer. Rye St Antony is pleased to be able to offer bursary assistance to eligible families towards the payment of school fees. All bursaries are means-tested and are awarded at the discretion of the Governing Body. The Head and Bursar are responsible for the management and coordination of the process. Due to demand, especially in these unprecedented times, we may not be able to offer as many bursaries as we would usually seek to do.
A Rye bursary may vary in value, depending on the financial, compassionate, or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. Governors are keenly aware that the school is dependent upon fee income and that financial help given to any pupil comes at a cost to the families of others.
Bursary awards are reviewed each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances. In advance of each annual review, parents are required to complete and return a statement of financial circumstances.
Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:
- external applicants whose parents are unable to fund school fees
- internal applicants for whom a change in parental circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting school fees and a possible need for the pupil to be withdrawn part-way through a stage of education
External Applicants – Application Process
Parents applying for a bursary are required to complete a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The completed form, accompanied by full documentary evidence, should be submitted to the Bursar by 10 January in any year for which a bursary is required starting in September of that year. No application will be formally considered until this form has been presented. The bursary application form can be obtained from the Bursary or the Registrar.
The Bursar assesses all applications to establish the likely level of support which will be required in order to allow the pupil to attend the school. This assessment may involve the Bursar, or a representative, visiting the parents’ home to ensure that information has been correctly interpreted and that the basis of the financial assessment has been fair. Applications may also be submitted to an independent bursary assessor.
The Bursar and Finance Officer prepare a recommendation based on the parents’ financial circumstances. The Bursar and the Head discuss the bursary applications and propose awards to be agreed by the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Parents are notified of the outcome of the bursary application.
If a bursary is awarded, parents are required to sign a letter accepting the bursary and an acknowledgment agreeing to any conditions relating to it. Governors carry out an annual review of bursaries awarded as part of the Governors’ internal financial audit.
Internal Applicants – Change in Family Circumstances
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 the assistance of a bursary are received out of the normal calendar cycle for bursary submission, scrutiny, and award. The annual Hardship Fund will be set within budgetary constraints. A pupil’s parents whose financial circumstances suddenly change may apply for a bursary to the Head or Bursar explaining the situation and completing a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances. No application will be formally considered until this statement has been presented. Any award from the Hardship Fund is subject to the availability for funding and cannot be guaranteed.
In addition to the school’s bursary fund, there are a number of funds administered by educational and charitable trusts which provide assistance with school fees. In the majority of cases, these are designated for the assistance of pupils who are in need of independent school education or who are already attending a fee-paying school at which they are unable to remain because of a change of parental circumstances. Parents are encouraged to apply for support if it is felt that a good case can be made for assistance. Further information is available from:
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