Applying for the 100% Bursary Scheme

The first stage in the application process is to complete a Bursary Application Form and submit this to the Bursar. See download link below.

Initial selection will be based on the financial declaration on this form and eligible candidates will be invited to take the relevant entrance exams in either November for 13+ and Sixth Form entry or January for 11+ entry.

The Registrar will request a report from a candidate's current School in advance of the examinations and interviews. Following assessment, all applications for 100% bursaries will be subject to comprehensive means testing.

Candidates selected for 100% bursaries will be notified in February and will not be identified within the School as benefiting from a bursary place.

All pupils in receipt of a bursary will have their academic progress and the family financial circumstances reviewed annually.

For further information or guidance on financial details please contact Rita Gulliver, Bursar's Assistant tel: (01380 814516) or Steve Lilley, Bursar tel: (01380 814512). Alternatively, please email:

Key Dates for 2019 Entry

Closing Date

Closing date for 100% Bursary Scheme: Friday 12 October 2018

Examinations and Interviews

Those meeting the initial financial assessment criteria will be notified by ?

11+ Entrants

Pupils applying for entry at 11+ will be invited to take examinations in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning and be interviewed on Tuesday 22 January 2019. Candidates may be invited for further interviews in January 2018.

13+ Entrants

Pupils applying for entry at 13+ will be invited to take examinations and be interviewed on Saturday 17 November 2018. Applicants will sit papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning.

Sixth Form Entrants

Sixth Form applicants will sit three papers (each 11/2 hours long) of their choosing from a choice of subjects and be interviewed on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Bursary awards will be made in February 2019Admissions Calendar

Please download forms here

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?

The closing date for applications is October 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 autumn or spring term and it is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome by February.

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. 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.