Bursary opportunities

“Receiving a bursary at Highgate undoubtedly changed my life. I left in 2012 to begin a six-year medical course at the University of Cambridge. ” Jamie, doctor

7+ Bursaries

We believe wholeheartedly that the first-class education our pupils experience can transform their lives, and greatly increase the opportunities available to them in adulthood.​

In 2022, we will be offering Junior School bursaries (7+ entry) for the first time. We hope to award between two and five bursaries to pupils joining Year 3 in September 2022 and in subsequent years. These bursaries may offer up to 100% fee remission.


Bursary application timeline: 7+ 2022 entry

12 noon Friday 19 November 2021
If you wish to apply for a bursary, please make this clear on your application form, which must be submitted by this deadline. Your application will be acknowledged and you will be sent a financial assessment form and guidance about its completion. This must be returned before the entrance exams on Monday 6 December 2021.

January 2022
If your child is invited to an interview, you will be contacted by a member of the Admissions team to arrange a meeting. They will go through your completed financial assessment form and require copies of various financial documents. This meeting also offers you the opportunity to find out more about the school.

We appreciate that the bursary application process can be daunting, so please do get in touch via jsadmissions@highgateschool.org.uk with any questions. Alternatively, call Dora Goode on 020 8347 2120.


Indicative scale of bursary awards

We realise that it is helpful to estimate the size of the bursary support that may be awarded to you. We judge each application carefully, taking into account:

  • sources of income
  • outgoings
  • assets
  • liabilities
  • the value and council tax band of the family home
  • the size of the family

The following table indicates the bursary support that might be awarded to a family with two children in full-time education, one of whom is applying to Highgate. These numbers are based on the family having no significant assets.

Junior School Bursary Table
We are delighted to be introducing Junior School Bursaries, in Year 3, from September 2022.

Based upon the fees from September 2021-2022, the table below outlines a guide to the bursary levels that we anticipate awarding. Highgate is unlikely to award a bursary if the family gross income is more than four times our Senior School fees (£21,920 per year, £7,200/£7,360 per term).

Total family
income (gross, i.e. before tax)
Possible bursary awardTotal
contribution
from parents / carers
Termly contribution
from parents / carers
Percentage bursary
   Term 1 2021Term 2 2022Term3 2022 
£30,000 or less£20,100£0£0£0£0100%
£40,000£17,086£3,014£990£1,012£1,01285%
£50,000£12,864£7,236£2,376£2,430£2,43064%
£60,000£8,442£11,658£3,828£3,915£3,91542%
£70,000£4,222£15,878£5,214£5,332£5,33221%
£80,000£1,006£19,094£6,270£6,412£6,4125%
£87,000£0£20,100£6,600£6,750£6,7500%

 
 
Please note that the possible bursary awards above are for guidance only. You should not assume you will be eligible for bursary support or that the level of support will be the amount indicated here. It is not possible for us to make an award without carrying out the financial assessment. All awards are made at the School’s discretion.


Key worker bursary

Parents and carers who are key workers are encouraged to apply for a bursary should the indicative scale above indicate your family might qualify. In addition, each year, one full-fee equivalent bursary has been made available for children of parents/carers who are key workers living in the local area. Highgate defines a key worker as someone who is employed by the public sector, in a frontline role, delivering an essential public service. Examples of such roles include: clinical NHS staff (other than doctors and dentists), teachers in schools and in further education and sixth form colleges, police officers and community support officers, prison officers, probation service staff, firefighters, ambulance service crew and members of the armed forces.

Our key worker bursary provides an enhanced level of support over a wider range of total family income: for this bursary, we are unlikely to award a bursary if the family gross income is more than five times our fees (rather than four). Whilst this bursary is aimed at families where both parents/carers are key workers, in a situation where only one is employed in such a role, careful consideration will be given to the circumstances/employment of the second parent/carer in deciding whether this specific bursary should apply.

Should we be unable to award your child a key work bursary, due to over-subscription, we will consider them for a non-key worker bursary.

If you would like more information about this bursary, please contact our Admissions Officer using jsadmissions@highgateschool.org.uk.


Bursary FAQs

For further information on bursaries and if you feel you cannot afford our application fee, please contact our Admissions Officer using jsadmissions@highgateschool.org.uk. Please also review the Bursary policy.

  • How do I apply for a bursary for my child?

    If you wish to apply for a bursary, please make this clear on your online application which must be submitted by the deadline published on our website. Your application will be acknowledged and you will be sent a financial assessment form and guidance about its completion.

  • Is your academic selection process separate to your bursary application?

    Yes. Your child has to be considered for a place on academic merit alone, before being considered for a bursary. Those marking the tests and carrying out the interviews will not know that you have applied for a bursary. Therefore, our academic selection process is separate from our bursary process, so if your child meets our academic standards, he/she will still be offered a place, regardless of being awarded a bursary.

  • Are test results taken into account when awarding a bursary?

    Yes. Applicants have to be considered for a place before we consider them for a bursary. When deciding whether to award a bursary, a number of factors are taken into account, including academic performance in our assessments and interview and current school report as well as financial circumstances. However, academic performance will have no impact on the size of the bursary we decide to award.

  • Is the bursary guaranteed for every year that my child is at Highgate?

    All bursary awards are subject to review of parents’/carers’ financial circumstances each year, and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on changes in circumstances. Parents/carers of bursary holders in Years 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are required to complete a full financial review in June. Parents/carers of bursary holders in other years are asked to sign a declaration that their financial circumstances have not changed since the preceding home visit.

  • Is there any further funding for associated costs?

    Highgate School recognises that families in receipt of bursaries may find it difficult to meet the wider costs associated with secondary education. In addition to school fees, means-tested support may be available for extra-curricular school trips, individual music lessons and exam fees. Some families receiving 100% bursaries may also be eligible for a uniform grant.

  • What factors are considered when assessing the size of the bursary that might be given?

    We judge each application carefully, taking into account:

    • all sources of income
    • all outgoings
    • all assets (e.g. property, savings, shares)
    • all liabilities (e.g. mortgage, arrears, loans)
    • the value and council tax band of the family home
    • the size of the family

  • Are bursaries available for other Junior School year groups?

    Unfortunately not. Bursaries will be awarded at entry to Year 3 to the Junior School only. At Senior School, bursaries are awarded to pupils joining the school at entry to Year 7 (11+) and Year 12 (16+).

 

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