We grant over £5 million a year in bursaries at our three schools. Below are some frequently asked questions to help you apply for a bursary. If you require further information, please contact us directly.

What’s the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

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.

Scholarships are a financial contribution towards school fees awarded by Old Palace, Trinity School or Whitgift School based on exceptional talent either academically, in a specific subject area or all round.

Am I eligible for a bursary and how much could I get?

We welcome applications from families whose total annual income and assets fall below £90,000 per year.

Bursaries are available from Year 6 and above at Whitgift and Trinity, and from Year 7 and above at Old Palace.

Bursaries are not available to Old Palace Nursery, Old Palace Preparatory School or Whitgift School boarders.

Am I eligible for a scholarship and how much could I get?

Scholarships are awarded irrespective of parental income. If you think your child could qualify for a scholarship, further information on the types of scholarships available and how to apply can be found on each individual school’s website for Old Palace, Trinity and Whitgift. The reduction in school fees can be up to 50%

Can I apply for both a bursary and a scholarship?


How many bursaries are awarded each year?

Demand for bursaries is high. Each year, we receive more than 600 applications from families applying to Old Palace, Trinity and Whitgift Schools. Approximately 10% of applicants will receive a bursary.

When will I find out if I have been awarded a Bursary?

Decisions on bursaries are made during the spring term, within the main assessment and offer period. All families who apply for a bursary are notified in writing by mid-February. Please note that the value of any offer is provisional at this stage and based on the financial information you have supplied. The Bursary amount will be finalised once the provided financial information has been confirmed and supporting documentary evidence supplied.

Can I apply for financial support towards school fees at more than one Foundation School?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for a bursary at Old Palace, Whitgift and Trinity.

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. You can register your interest for a bursary here.

Is there help available to assist me in applying for a bursary?

Yes, please call the bursary team on 0208 680 8499 or email fees@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk. Please be aware that at peak application times we endeavour to respond to your email within five working days.

How long does a bursary last?

if successful in your initial bursary application, the bursary will last the duration that your child is at the school. However, you will be re-assessed each year and reviewed by John Whitgift Foundation to ensure you still qualify for a bursary.

What if my family or financial circumstances change?

Please contact the bursary team immediately 0208 680 8499 or email fees@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk.

What if I have more than one child either at the school or starting?

You can apply for a bursary for more than one child, however this does not guarantee you will receive a bursary.

What about divorced parents?

If parents divorce, providing the divorce is finalised before the child sits the entrance examination, the parental contribution will be assessed on the relevant income (including maintenance) of the parent who has custody of the child, as well as the income of his/her partner.

Are extras included in the bursaries?

There is no financial support available for the cost of school uniform, travel, the cost of most trips or school meals.

How do I pay?

You will receive an invoice each term. You can either pay the terms fees in full before the start of each term, or monthly by direct debit.

What happens if I can’t pay?

Please contact the bursary team immediately 0208 680 8499 or email fees@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk. For all enquiries, please contact the Fees and Bursaries team on 0208 680 8499 or email fees@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk.