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Frequently Asked Questions

Dauntsey’s School 100% Bursary Scheme

What is the Dauntsey’s 100% Bursary Scheme and who is it for?

Dauntsey’s 100% Bursary Scheme is available to any child who fully meets the academic requirements for a place at Dauntsey’s, but whose parents or guardians have no realistic prospect of meeting the costs of independent schooling.

Why has Dauntsey’s introduced this scheme?

The 100% Bursary Scheme has been introduced to widen access to the School to children whose parents could not in ordinary circumstances contemplate private education on financial grounds.

Is there a minimum level of income to qualify for consideration for a 100% bursary?

We have not set a minimum qualifying level of income because individual financial circumstances differ widely. However, all applications for 100% bursaries are subject to comprehensive means testing of income, investments and capital assets. You are most likely to qualify for consideration for a 100% bursary if you would never have considered sending your child to an independent school on financial grounds.

How many spaces are available?

We intend to offer up to three places annually to an eventual maximum of 21 free places in the School at any one time.

When should we apply for a place and what is the procedure?

We welcome enquiries now for potential entrants to the School in September 2017. The closing date for applications is 14 October 2016 for entry in September 2017. The selection process will involve an initial financial assessment, academic selection as per the usual admissions procedure and detailed means testing. The selection process will take place during the autumn or spring term and it is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 2017.

How are candidates selected?

Candidates will be considered alongside other applicants applying for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

Can I come and visit Dauntsey's?

You are most welcome to attend one of our Open Mornings, held in May and October each year. Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 8th October 2016. Please note that due to the high application rate for the 100% Bursary Scheme, it is not possible to arrange private visits to the School for those considering applying for the Scheme. Successful applicants will be offered an opportunity to visit the School before accepting the 100% bursary place.

If our application is unsuccessful is there any method of appealing against the decision?

The Bursary Scheme is operated at the discretion of the Governors of Dauntsey’s School and there is no mechanism for seeking to appeal an unsuccessful application for a 100% bursary.

Can I apply if I don’t need a 100% bursary, but I cannot afford the total fee?

Not normally. It is the Governors intention that places are offered to those who have very limited means.

Is the scheme open to boarding and day pupils?

Yes. Applications may be submitted for either boarding or day places but those requiring day places will only be considered for those who live in areas serviced by our transport system.

What year groups can apply?

We accept applications for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

Are the children identifiable within the school as ‘free place’ pupils?

No. The process is confidential and pupils on 100% bursaries will not be identified.

Are there any costs involved at all?

Parents will be invited to make a contribution towards the costs that they would normally incur in providing for their children. This would include, for example, a boarding pupil who would otherwise be fed at home or the cost of lunches for day pupils. Charges would also be payable for individual tuition for sports coaching, music lessons and any specialist learning support.

What does the 100% bursary cover?

The bursary will cover all boarding or day fees and, depending on financial circumstances, will also provide funding for other specific essential academic activities. An example of additional support that would be considered for funding would include academic field trips. Additional funding needs would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Does the bursary last from year of entry until completion of A levels?

Yes, provided that acceptable academic progress is maintained. In addition, the bursary will be subject to an annual means-tested review.

What are the academic standards required and how are they assessed?

All applicants will be required to sit entrance exams and to attend an interview. In addition, the School will wish to see reports from the current school, including a specific recommendation from the Headmaster. All candidates must meet the minimum academic standards for entry to Dauntsey’s, and in practice should be able to demonstrate strong academic potential given the competition for limited places.

Further details may be obtained from the Bursar or the Registrar:
Mr S P J Lilley, Bursar. Tel: 01380 814512 or s.lilley@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk 
Mrs J H Sagers, Registrar. Tel 01380 814504 or j.sagers@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk