Bursaries

We wish to ensure that Gosfield School is accessible to as many pupils as possible who would benefit from an education here. Therefore, any prospective pupil from a low-income family is eligible to apply for a Bursary to obtain means-tested financial support in respect of school fees. Bursaries do not preclude pupils from also holding a scholarship award.

Bursaries can be offered to new pupils and those who are already in the School and whose families have suffered sudden and unexpected financial hardship.

When applying, parents must indicate in a separate letter to the Registrar that a bursary may be needed. The School’s Head of Operations and Finance will provide an application form, or it can be downloaded from our website and this should be completed and returned and will be treated in strict confidence.

The bursary application will be reviewed by the Finance Committee. The granting of a bursary is discretionary. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the pupil such as family circumstances, availability of places in the year group applied for and the ability of the pupil to fully access our curriculum. All Bursaries are reassessed annually and all bursary recipients are expected to maintain the high standards expected of them and continue to be a credit to the School.

Bursaries available at Gosfield School comprise:

Pinegar Bursaries of up to 50% are available in the Prep School. These are for an initial three-year period (reviewed annually) but can be extended and are available to applicants who can demonstrate insufficient financial means and whose children would be considered an asset to the School and who otherwise would not be able to benefit from an Independent School education with us.

Community Bursaries of up to 50% are available in the Senior School for applicants currently in the maintained sector who would be considered an asset to the School and whose parents can demonstrate insufficient financial means to educate their child(ren) independently.

Hardship Bursaries of up to 50% are available to applicants whose children are already in education with us and have been for at least one school year and whose parents can demonstrate a significant change in financial circumstances that would otherwise mean withdrawing the child(ren) from the school. These bursaries are reviewed annually and may be offered as a part fee deferral, repayable when an applicant’s financial circumstances improve.

Goslings Pre-Reception Nursery to Reception Bursaries of up to 50% are available to children joining our Goslings Pre- Reception Nursery and continuing in to Reception Class. To be eligible for the full bursary, children must attend our nursery for a minimum one school term and a minimum of three sessions per week:

One term’s attendance at our Goslings Pre-Reception Nursery with a minimum of three sessions per week: 50% fees remission from Reception to Year 2 inclusive. Continuation into Years 3-6 inclusive: 25% fees remission

Sixth Form Loyalty Bursaries provide fees remission to pupils entering the Sixth Form based on their years in education at the School on the following scale:

Year JoinedBursary Discount
Reception60%
Years 1 and 255%
Years 3 and 450%
Years 5 and 645%
Year 730%
Year 825%
Year 920%
Year 1015%
Year 1110%

There is no deadline for bursary applications for new pupils and pupils are able to join the School at any time of year. However, bursaries are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis so an application at the earliest time is strongly recommended.

Application for Bursaries

Parents should contact the Registrar in the first instance; registrar@gosfieldschool.org.uk.  A bursary application form will be provided, or it can be downloaded by clicking the link below, that requires the applicant to provide financial information about household income, assets and financial liabilities which will be considered, in strict confidence, by the School’s Finance Committee. A bursary offer may be made subject to all other conditions being satisfactorily met by the prospective pupil. The Principal’s decision on bursaries shall be final.

Scholarships

Scholarships are assessed with a view to encouraging pupils with a particular talent to be extended in their scholarship subject. The breadth and depth of the awards can vary each year depending on the quality of applicants but can range from 10% to 100% fees remission for exceptional candidates. Scholarships are generally available for students in years 7 – 13 but are also available for Prep pupils with particular talent and are also available to Prep pupils applying to join our Cricket or Performing Arts Academies.

Scholarship application forms are available from the School’s registrar; registrar@gosfieldschool.org.uk or can be downloaded from our website.

Scholarships are assessment based. The awards are made without regard to parental income and are worth a percentage of the school fees.

The scholarship will remain throughout a pupil’s time at the school provided they are a credit to the School and maintain the expected standards of excellence. Candidates in receipt of a specific subject scholarship award must play an active part in their scholarship area throughout their school life in order to retain their award.

Pupils receiving a bursary award may also apply for a scholarship and similarly, pupils awarded a scholarship are not precluded from applying for a bursary, subject to completion of our bursary application form.

Non academy scholarship days are held during the Winter and Spring terms and details of the next scholarship days can be found on our website.

In addition to our Academy scholarships in Cricket and Performing Arts, scholarships are available in the following subjects:

All-Rounder Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Years 7-12 and occasionally to exceptional Prep pupils and normally represent up to 20% remission on fees. These scholarships are awarded to candidates who are academically sound, genuine all-rounders with real evidence of potential leadership. Candidates wishing to be considered for a scholarship will be asked to submit school reports and a portfolio reflecting achievements and will be interviewed by the Principal.

Academic Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Years 7-12 and occasionally to exceptional Prep pupils and normally represent up to 20% remission on fees. These scholarships are awarded to candidates who have exceptional academic subject skills who show real evidence of potential leadership. Candidates wishing to be considered for an academic scholarship will be asked to submit subject specific school reports and a portfolio reflecting subject achievements and will be interviewed by the Principal.

Art Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Years 7-12 and occasionally to exceptional Prep pupils and normally represent up to 20% remission on fees. Candidates wishing to be considered for a scholarship will initially be asked to submit a portfolio of their work for assessment by the Head of Art. The portfolio should reflect the breadth and depth of personal interest in the subject and may include paintings, prints, drawings and photographs of three-dimensional work. Portfolios will be returned. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a scholarship interview and to undertake a still life drawing. All Art Scholars are expected to be fully committed to the School’s Art programme.

Sports Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Years 7-12 and occasionally to exceptional Prep pupils and normally represent up to 20% remission on fees. Candidates are expected to show exceptional promise in at least one sport and have an established record of achievement in one of Gosfield School’s principal sports. Candidates will be required to take part in drills and game situations to show evidence of their positional and tactical awareness as well as skill, agility and fitness level. Records of achievement and school recommendations will be taken into consideration. All Sports Scholars are expected to be fully committed to the School’s sports programme.

Academy Scholarships

The School has academies for Cricket and Performing Arts, encompassing Music, Drama and Dance. Scholarships for our academies are more widely available and are primarily assessment based with fees remission available from 10%-100%. Ability to fully access our academic curriculum, parents’ financial means and availability of spaces in year groups will also be considered when setting the offer level of fees remission.

Cricket Academy Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Prep and Senior and can represent up to 100% remission on fees for exceptional candidates meeting all of our set criteria. Candidates are expected to show exceptional promise in cricket and have an established record of achievement at school and club levels. Candidates will be required to take part in monitored net sessions to show evidence of their ability as well as skill, agility and fitness level. Records of achievement and school and club recommendations will be taken into consideration. Candidates will be interviewed by the Principal and base line academic assessment will also be undertaken. All Cricket Scholars are expected to be fully committed to the School’s cricket programme, putting school matches ahead of club matches. Scholarship days for our Cricket Academy take place throughout the year and details of the next scholarship day can be found on our website.

Performing Arts Academy Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils joining the School in Prep and Senior and can represent up to 100% remission on fees for exceptional candidates meeting all of our set criteria. Candidates are expected to show exceptional promise in music, drama or dance as well as actual achievement. Candidates will be required to take part in monitored auditions to show evidence of their ability. Records of achievement will also be considered. Candidates will be interviewed by the Head of Performing Arts and the Principal and base line academic assessment will also be undertaken. All Performing Arts Academy Scholars are expected to be ambassadors for the music, dance and drama departments and play active roles in the co-curricular performing arts programmes. Scholarship days for our Performing Arts Academy take place throughout the year and details of the next scholarship day can be found on our website.

Application for Scholarships

Parents should contact the Registrar in the first instance; registrar@gosfieldschool.org.uk who will provide a scholarship application form. This can also be downloaded by clicking the link below. Scholarship candidates will be invited to attend a scholarship day when they will be assessed and interviewed. Full details of assessments will be provided upon application. The Principal’s decision on scholarships shall be final.