The Dauntsey's 100% Bursary Scheme

Dauntsey's School operates a 100% Bursary place scheme open to 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.

The scheme has been approved by Governors to widen access to the excellent education and development opportunities offered by Dauntsey's to children whose parents could never ordinarily contemplate private education on financial grounds.

It is intended to offer up to three places annually to a total of 21 available places. Selection for a 100% bursary place will mirror the usual admissions process for pupils applying for 11+ entry. Those applying for Third Form and Sixth Form entry will be asked to sit papers at the beginning of January.

The bursary will cover all boarding or day fees and, depending on financial circumstances, will also provide funding for other specific essential academic activities. Parents will, however, be asked to make a contribution towards costs that they would normally incur in providing for their children. Individual tuition costs for music lessons and sports coaching and any specialist learning support lessons will be subject to a separate charge.

Bursaries for existing pupils

These are given each year to assist in cases of sudden, unforseen financial need. Parents or guardians with a child at School whose financial circumstances suddenly change may apply for a bursary. Such awards are subject to the availability of funding.

Scholarship Supplements

These are available to those who have been offered a scholarship or an award and are subject to means testing. The Scholarship Supplement Forms are available from the Accounts Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

All applications are to be sent to the Bursar before the closing date of 1 November prior to the year of entry. 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 Spring Term and it is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome by February.

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. Please note that due to the high application rate for the 100% Bursary Scheme, it is not possible to arrange individual 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.

100% Bursary - Application Process

Bursary progamme at Dauntsey's

The first stage in the application process is to complete a Bursary Application Form and submit this to the Bursar. Initial selection will be based on the financial declaration on this form and eligible candidates will be invited to take the relevant entrance exams.

Please download forms here