Bursary Overview

At City of London School, we believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.

We are delighted to offer transformational bursaries to academically bright children who otherwise could not access independent school education. By their nature, these transformational bursaries are specifically targeted at those families with limited means. These children may additionally come from challenging family backgrounds or from backgrounds or areas from which opportunities at City of London School could be transformative.

Bursaries are targeted where we think we can make a genuine difference to the lives of children whose families have limited assets and with below average household income.

Bursaries are awarded through a competitive process and are limited by the financial resources of the School. In most years demand for bursaries exceed the resources available to finance all applications. 

A bursary may cover all or part a pupil’s tuition fees throughout their time at the School, dependent on the family's financial circumstances.

Who may be eligible?

Transformational bursaries are available to pupils joining the School at all standard entry points. They are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance assessments and financial means-testing of parental income and assets.

A bursary will not usually be available to a candidate currently at an independent school unless they receive a substantial means-tested bursary to attend that school.

The child must have right to live and study in the UK; in addition, at least one of the parents and the child must have lived in the UK for at least two continuous years at the time of applying for a bursary. Families must also live inside the M25 at the time of applying for a bursary and throughout the time the child is in receipt of a bursary from the School.

The School will consider applications made by a guardian for a looked after child, as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

Bursaries are ultimately awarded by the Head based on guidance from the Admissions Registrar, Bursary Programme Manager, and the Bursary Assessment Team.

Further guidance on applications for a means tested bursary, and the process itself, will be published in due course.

Bursaries assist those parents of academically very bright children, 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 child 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 assessments in November, alongside all other candidates. Parents of shortlisted candidates will be also be asked to provide documentation to support their financial circumstances relating to their bursary application. They may also be invited to meet a member of the Bursary Assessment Team to discuss their financial situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

13+ 2027 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 a member of the Bursary Assessment Team to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

16+ candidates eligible for a bursary will sit the main entrance assessments 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 a member of the Bursary Assessment Team to discuss their situation, and a home visit may be undertaken.

The Temple Choir

City of London School has a long-standing relationship with Temple Church choir, where many of our pupils have been choristers over the years. It offers an outstanding musical education and auditions children, from any school, during Year 3, to join the choir in Year 4 through to the end of Year 8.

The church pays a scholarship of £7,500 per year. Occasional opportunities to join the choir in years higher up arise and are advertised separately.

The Director of Music is Thomas Allery.

For further information and details of upcoming taster sessions, please contact Susan Keeling, the Temple Church Administrator on susan@templechurch.com at any time, or see Becoming a Chorister - Temple Church.