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Giving young people the best start in life

John Whitgift Foundation currently gives financial support to 48% of students, totalling more than £5 million a year, at our three schools; Trinity, Whitgift and Old Palace of John Whitgift.


Bursaries are a means-tested financial contribution towards school fees awarded by John Whitgift Foundation on the basis of the highest performance in the entrance examination.

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 School 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.

Do I qualify for a bursary?

This chart will give you an idea of whether you would qualify for a bursary and what level of support you may qualify for. The size of bursaries 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.
  • Your family’s assets, including equity in a property

Relevant income is normally assessed for the income tax year before the school year in question. You will have to provide evidence of your income such as Form P60 or End of Year Accounts and Inland Revenue Tax Returns.

How do I apply for a bursary?

A bursary application must be made in advance of the entrance examination and submitted to John Whitgift Foundation fees and bursaries office.

To begin your application, please click here to download an application form. If you require assistance with your application, you can call the fees and bursaries team on 0208 680 8499 or email

All bursary applications are processed by John Whitgift Foundation, and therefore all completed forms and documents relevant to your application should be sent to the Foundation office, not the school your child is applying for.

Download an application form

What is the deadline for bursary applications?

Application deadlines for 2020/21 entry is Friday 29th November for Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace Schools. Whitgift and Trinity School 16+ application process closes on Friday 18 October 2019.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

Your bursary application will be assessed by the John Whitgift Foundation fees and bursaries office and, if you are offered a bursary, you will be notified at the same time you are offered a place at the school.

Successful bursary applicants will receive a bursary throughout their time in the school subject to annual reassessment and satisfactory academic progress. Bursaries are awarded at the sole discretion of John Whitgift Foundation.

If a pupil is not granted a bursary on entry to the school, applications for financial assistance will be considered if there is a change in the parents’ circumstances.

However, as only a set sum of money will be available, an award will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Parents are urged to take out a school fee insurance policy to cover such eventualities.

For more information on applying for a bursary, please see our bursary FAQs.