Campbeltown Courier

WHY INDEPENDEN­T SCHOOLS?

‘My time at school helped to give me the skills to start and grow my own business. Ultimately I was given the belief that I could achieve.’

- Kirsty Mackenzie, CEO i multiply

Pupils from a wide range of different background­s go to independen­t schools. The schools themselves believe that having a broad social mix which reflects our society is equally important as the exciting range of experience­s on offer. This is just one of the reasons why so many independen­t schools have funding available for pupils whose families are on lower incomes.

The total value of means-tested bursaries provided by schools has increased by over £16m since 2011, and currently stands at over £33m per year. Across all SCIS schools, over a quarter of pupils receive some form of fee assistance, with 3.5% of senior school pupils receiving a 100% bursary.

WHAT IS A BURSARY?

Often called fee assistance, a bursary is awarded on proven financial need and gives children from lower income families the opportunit­y to receive an independen­t education. A bursary is generally awarded from P7 through Senior School and up to 100% of the fees can be met by the school.

APPLYING FOR A BURSARY

Your child will have to meet the school’s normal entry requiremen­ts, but they do not have to be of the academic standard required to win a scholarshi­p. Schools will want to know about all your financial circumstan­ces, so be prepared to fill in detailed forms providing evidence of need.

Each case will be looked at individual­ly, and schools will consider pensions, investment­s, the value of your property, rent or mortgage paid as well as assets and liabilitie­s.

WHAT IS A SCHOLARSHI­P?

A scholarshi­p is awarded as a result of a competitiv­e selection process and can be awarded for academic ability, sport, arts or general excellence. Scholarshi­ps vary widely between schools. Some offer fee remissions, whilst others hold dedicated funds in trust for pupils.

APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHI­P

Each school will have their own applicatio­n procedures, so visit the school’s website for more detailed informatio­n or speak to their bursar.

HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT ABOUT A BURSARY OR SCHOLARSHI­P?

A school’s website and admissions materials will offer a comprehens­ive guide to their financial assistance process.

SCIS TOP TIPS FOR APPLYING FOR A BURSARY OR SCHOLARSHI­P

• Enquire about fee assistance at least a year before you hope to enrol in the school

• Let the schools know as soon as possible that you are interested in financial assistance

• Most schools will have a deadline for applying for fee assistance so make sure you don’t miss it

• Make sure you leave plenty of time to complete the applicatio­n and sort out any accompanyi­ng documents you may need to prove your income. Unfortunat­ely, schools only have a finite amount of funding available and therefore not all applicants will be successful. The Educationa­l Trusts’ Forum offers informatio­n and advice on finding fee assistance. If you are considerin­g sending your child to a Scottish Independen­t School, SCIS can help you with your search – use our find a school tool or get in touch with us today.

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