John Whitgift Foundation is proud to widen access to our three independent schools by offering one of the largest school fee support schemes in the UK. We currently grant more £6.5 million a year in bursaries, and combined with scholarships, we give financial support to 47% of  students who attend Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity and Whitgift. For many, a John Whitgift Foundation bursary award can be life changing.

bursary interest application deadlines

Old Palace bursary interest application deadlines:
years 11+’s  (Year 7)  & 6th formers’ (Year 12)  applications for 2022-2023 – Friday 26th November 2021

Trinity School & Whitgift School bursary interest application deadlines:
6th formers’ (Year 12)  applications for 2022-2023 – NOW CLOSED 

Years 10+’s (Year 6), years 11+’s  (Year 7) and 13+’s (Year 9) applications for 2022-2023 – Friday 26th November 2021

register your interest in a bursary

This questionnaire will ask you to provide us with some sensitive and personal data. In line with GDPR regulations, we would like to confirm that your personal data will not be shared with a third party, used for marketing purposes or for any purposes outside of our internal bursary process. Your data will be kept encrypted whilst the school’s selection process takes place; if you are not successful for a bursary application, it will be destroyed from our system. By registering your bursary interest online, you are notifying us that you cannot afford a full fee place at one of our Foundation schools.

Your child will first need to be selected by one of the Foundation Schools from the grades that he or she obtains at the entrance exam. Only then will you find out if you are being sent a bursary application. Bursary supported places are extremely limited; yet we are trying every year to make as many parents as possible benefit from our scheme. Registering your online interest does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply for a bursary, it is part of the schools’ selection process. However, it is mandatory to have registered your interest online with us if you want to be considered for a bursary application, when the schools are reviewing the entrance exam results.

You are currently registering an online interest for a potential bursary for the academic year 2022-23. Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will receive a notification (check your junk mail if you don’t) confirming that we have just completed your online bursary interest registration. You will need to fill in one questionnaire for each child you are applying for, even if your children are twins.



Bursaries and scholarships

Bursaries are a means-tested financial contribution towards school fees awarded by the John Whitgift Foundation based on the highest performance in the entrance examination at 11+ and Sixth Form (as well as 10+ and 13+ for Trinity and Whitgift). John Whitgift Foundation supports a high number of bursary places; however, demand is extremely high and therefore bursary awards will be offered to selected pupils following their entrance examination.

Scholarships are a financial contribution towards school fees awarded by Old Palace, Trinity or Whitgift Schools based on exceptional talent either academically, in a specific subject area or all round. Each school has its own arrangements for awarding scholarships which can be of a value up to 50% of the school fees. To find out more about Scholarships, visit our schools’ websites.

How do I apply for a bursary?

We are delighted that we made more than £6.5 million available to families through our bursary scheme for students starting in September 2020, particularly during this difficult financial time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Similar funds will be available for the academic year 2021/22, however we are currently reviewing the bursary application process. We anticipate that we will be sending invitations for new bursary applications to take place in January 2021 after your son or daughter has sat the entrance examination and the schools have notified us of those students who they wish to consider offering a bursary to. In the meantime, to help us anticipate demand, and so that we can let you know when to apply for a bursary, we ask that you register your interest by completing the form below.

Our schools invite you to find out about the first-class educational opportunities they provide through a series of open events during the autumn term and throughout the year – further information on dates and times can be found here. You will also need to apply to your chosen school online by visiting the respective websites for Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity or Whitgift.

Do I qualify for a bursary?

To qualify for a bursary once the application process is open for new bursary awards, our Fees and Bursary Team will carry out a thorough online assessment of your family’s income and assets. The amount of bursary awarded will depend on several factors including:

  • Your family’s relevant income. This is usually calculated as the total income (before tax) from all sources for both parents as well as any unearned income of all your dependent children. An allowance of £2,000 is taken off this total for each dependent child in full-time education. Assessments are carried out based on the information we require from the previous financial year. If you have experienced any significant changes to your income during the current year, this will only impact on the bursary award for the next academic year. The assessment will also consider any financial support you are receiving such as Government benefits.
  • Your family’s assets, including equity in a property savings, cash at the bank, other types of investments or any external pay-outs due during the year of the assessment.

We also require you to provide evidence of your income such as Form P60 or End of Year Accounts and Inland Revenue Tax Returns, or your set of financial accounts, whether you are employed, unemployed, self-employed or retired.

These documents will then be uploaded to the Bursary Portal as an image or scanned copy and we ask that these are as clear and as legible as possible. All information is stored securely and processed confidentially in accordance with GDPR law.

If a bursary is granted, this is a discretionary charitable donation from the John Whitgift Foundation, assessed annually, and may be adjusted, increased, or reduced, as well as subject to high standards of attendance, diligence and behaviour from the student.

If you have any queries, please email our Fees and Bursaries Team: