Bursary Overview

The School offers a number of bursaries to assist those parents of academically bright boys who otherwise could not contemplate private education. Bursaries are available at 11+ and 16+ and are not normally awarded to boys joining the School at other entry points. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of performance in the academic entrance examinations and financial means testing which requires full details of both parents’ income and assets.

The Criteria

Historically the School provided bursaries to cover full tuition fees where gross family income was below £45,000 per annum, and capital assets were also taken into account. Bursaries were not available to boys currently at independent schools unless they received a full fee bursary.

For entry from September 2018, the School is changing its approach to bursaries, making them available to a wider group of pupils, with new Partial bursaries for families on higher income. We will continue to offer 100% bursaries, which we will call Full fee bursaries, to suitable pupils where family income is below £45,000 per annum, and assets are limited. However we will also widen our offering to include Partial bursaries to pupils from low to middle income families. Examples of this might include:

  • A family on a joint gross income of less than £45,000 per annum, with limited assets, would be eligible to be considered for a Full fee 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 Partial 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 Partial bursary up to 25% of fees.

These are guidance examples for parents to consider when applying for a bursary. 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.

Bursaries will generally not be available to boys currently at independent schools unless they either receive a full fee bursary at their current independent school or, in the case of an application for a Partial bursary, they receive a substantial means tested bursary from their current independent school.

All bursary places are subject to successful completion of the entrance requirements, and the boy’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 will be dependent on the outcome of this annual review.

 

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

Bursaries at 11+

Full fee bursaries at 11+

At 11+, Full fee bursaries are available to boys joining the School to cover 100% of tuition fees. Parents 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. In addition, candidates will sit a qualifying computerised reasoning test in the December prior to the January of the entrance examinations for that point of entry. If a candidate is unsuccessful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test, he will not be able to proceed to the entrance examinations and the registration fee paid remains non-refundable.

Those candidates who are successful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test will then proceed to the entrance examinations in January. Parents will be also be asked to provide full documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application. Parents will also be invited to meet the Bursar to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

Partial bursaries at 11+

At 11+, Partial bursaries are available to boys joining the School. These normally range from 25% to 75% of tuition fees. Parents 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.

Candidates eligible for a Partial bursary must take a qualifying computerised reasoning test in December prior to the January of the entrance examinations for that point of entry. If a candidate is unsuccessful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test, he will not be able to proceed to the entrance examinations and the registration fee paid remains non-refundable. Those candidates who are successful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test will then proceed to the entrance examinations in January.

Parents of the boys who perform well in the qualifying computerised reasoning test will also be asked to provide full documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their Partial bursary application. Parents will also be invited to meet the Bursar to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

Bursaries at 16+

At 16+, Full fee bursaries are available to boys joining the School to cover 100% of tuition fees. Partial bursaries are available to boys joining the School. These normally range from 25% to 75% of tuition fees. Parents 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. If a candidate is successful in the entrance examinations and invited to interview, parents will be asked to provide full documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application. Parents will also be invited to meet the Bursar to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

The Chapel Royal

The Chapel Royal Choir is made up of six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, ten choristers, an Organist and Choirmaster and a Sub-Organist. The boys are traditionally known as the Children of the Chapel Royal, and wear the distinctive State uniform introduced at the Restoration in 1660. The boys 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. Boys 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.

8531296 Chapel Royal choir 033

Boys normally audition for the choir aged 7 or 8, although it is possible for older boys to be considered. A successful audition will be followed by an academic assessment by City of London School, normally when a boy is in Year 4 at his 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 10 years of age. To satisfy the conditions of the offer, boys must remain a member of the Choir and be successful in the School’s 10+ selection process.

To read more about the Choir click here

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.  

Bursaries

Awards for those who otherwise could not contemplate private education
learn more

Open Events

We hold a number of Open Events throughout the year
learn more

Prospectus

How to find out more about us
learn more

Donations

Educating talented boys whatever their background
learn more