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

Bursary interest registrations are now closed for the 2022/2023 academic year.

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. In order to qualify for a bursary assessment, you will be asked to provide the British passports of all family members. If any family member is not of British nationality, we will ask for their VISA with an Indefinite Leave to Remain status* (* being in the process of applying for such VISA status at the time of the bursary assessment will unfortunately not be sufficient, as we need this ILR status to have already been obtained from the government’s immigration services). If any family member is of European nationality, we will ask for the confirmation of their settled status under the European Settlement Scheme. Finally, we will also be asking for the Birth Certificate of the child in the name of whom the bursary application is being made.
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: