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 a 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.
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 January, 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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.