Bursary Overview

The School offers a number of bursaries to assist those parents of academically bright pupils who otherwise could not consider private education. Bursaries are competitive and limited by the financial resources of the School: in most years demand for bursaries exceed the resources available to finance all applications. 

Bursaries are available to pupils joining the School at all normal entry points and are awarded on the basis of performance in the academic entrance examinations and financial means testing of both parents’ income and assets. Generally, unless there is a significant change in circumstances mid-way through a pupil's time at the School, bursaries are not available outside of these normal entry points.

Bursaries can cover part or all of a pupil’s tuition fees, depending on the family's financial circumstances. Full or partial fee remission is available based on family income and assets.

While the criteria for full and partial bursaries depends on a range of financial variables, some illustrative examples of the level of support:

  • A family on a joint net income of less than £45,000 per annum, with limited assets, would be eligible to be considered for a full bursary equivalent to 100% of fees.
  • Families with a net household income of £50,000 per annum, with limited assets may be eligible to receive a bursary up to 75% of fees.
  • Families with a net household income of £70,000 per annum, with limited assets may be eligible to receive a bursary up to 25% of fees.

These are guidance examples for parents to consider. It is unlikely that a family with a significant six-figure income, a large house or second property, or significant other assets would qualify for a bursary.

It is unlikely that a bursary will be made available to pupil currently at independent schools unless they receive a means-tested bursary to attend this school.

The School recognises that families also have to pay for extras such as commuting and uniforms, and that this can prove difficult for full fee bursary pupils. Accordingly, those pupils who receive full fee remission are also eligible for financial assistance to cover school lunches, uniforms, exam fees, and travel to and from School. This will be paid upon application by way of a uniform grant of £500 upon entry to the School, and a termly contribution to travel equivalent to a zone 1 and 2 pupil season ticket for term-time travel only.

All bursary places are subject to successful completion of the entrance requirements, and the pupil’s continued hard work and good behaviour. Parents will be asked to provide an annual update to their financial situation (usually during the summer holiday) and continued bursarial support is dependent on the outcome of this annual review.

 

Bursaries assist those parents of academically very bright boys, who otherwise could not contemplate private education.

Application Process

Parents who indicate that they wish to be considered for a bursary when they register their son will be asked to complete a preliminary on-line financial means test before the deadline for registration of candidates. Families who do not qualify for an award will be notified of this outcome. 

10+ and 11+ candidates eligible for a bursary will sit the main entrance examinations in December, alongside all other candidates. Parents will be also be asked to provide documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application. They will also be invited to meet the Bursar or a member of the Bursary team to discuss their financial situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

13+ candidates eligible for a bursary will sit the ISEB Pre-test and take part in our entrance procedures during Year 6. Parents will be also be asked to provide documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application, and a conditional offer may be made during Year 6. The award of a bursary cannot be confirmed until subsequent financial means testing during Year 8, however. At this point, parents will also be invited to meet the Bursar to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

16+ candidates eligible for a bursary will sit the main entrance examinations in November, alongside all other candidates. Parents will be also be asked to provide documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application. They will also be invited to meet the Bursar to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

The Chapel Royal

The ten child choristers in the Chapel Royal Choir, based at St James’s Palace, are traditionally pupils of City of London School. Choristers receive a choral scholarship to the value of 30 per cent of school fees from when they become a Chorister until they reach the end of the Fifth Form. Please find below full details of the Choir, the admission process, the commitment required by Choristers, and the bursary.

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Entry into the Choir

The Chapel Royal Choir is made up of six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, ten Choristers, an Organist and Choirmaster and a Sub-Organist. The Choristers are traditionally known as the Children of the Chapel Royal and wear the distinctive State uniform introduced at the Restoration in 1660. They attend City of London School, and receive a Choral Scholarship to the value of 30% of school fees from the time they become choristers until they reach the end of Fifth form. They join the Choir as Probationers, becoming full choristers when one of the existing ten Choristers leaves. Please note that the Choral Scholarship does not begin until the Probationer becomes a full Chorister.

Children normally audition for the choir aged seven or eight, although it is possible for older children to be considered. A successful audition will result in an offer of a place in the choir as a Pre-Probationer; these children take part in rehearsals once a week after school. These are currently being held online.

A successful audition will be followed in due course by an academic assessment by City of London School, normally when a child is in Year 4 at their current school. Subject to success in these assessments, a conditional offer will be made to join Old Grammar (Year 6) for the year in which they turn ten years of age. To satisfy the conditions of the offer, a child must remain a member of the Choir and be successful in the School’s 10+ selection process.

Services and Rehearsals

Services are sung every Sunday morning except during August and September and the Sundays after Easter and after Christmas, and on other occasions as required by the Church year. There are additional events such as weddings and funerals at the Chapel Royal, plus carol services, concerts, radio broadcasts and state occasions. Rehearsals for choristers take place three times per week before or after school during term time (these are currently on-line) and on Sunday mornings. In normal times, Probationers attend one rehearsal per week with Choristers, as well as some Sunday rehearsals and services.  

Sunday Services at the Chapel Royal are open to all members of the public who are most welcome to attend. This is the case even during the pandemic; however, arrangements are slightly different during this time and Choristers not attending services. Sunday Service begins at 11.15 a.m. If you would like to attend a service please email Jon Simpson, Serjeant of the Vestry.

More information

For further information concerning the Chapel Royal Choral Scholarship and auditions for the Chapel Royal Choir please contact Richard Quesnel, Director of Music at City of London School, or Joseph McHardy, Director of Music, HM Chapel Royal.

For more information about the Chapel Royal generally please click here.

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The Temple Choir

Candidates for entry to the School may also apply for choristerships at the Temple Church. The choristers of this choir are traditionally pupils at the School and for the number of terms that they are members of the choir receive choral bursaries whose value is approximately two-thirds of the School fees at any time. A choristership can only be awarded if the candidate has also met the normal requirements for entrance to the School.

For further details, please click here

Potential choristers take auditions and academic tests between the ages of 8 and 9; successful candidates will be offered a conditional place in the School for the year in which they are 10.