Bursaries and Scholarships
There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available to pupils at the Elizabeth College Upper School.
- Gibson Fleming Bursaries are means-tested awards which provide financial support for pupils taking part in ‘additional’ College activities which might otherwise be unaffordable. The scheme is open to all pupils.
- Gibson Fleming Music Scholarships are offered to talented and accomplished musicians and singers and are awarded based on auditions held each January.
- OEA Awards are made to assist with the cost of adventurous training, academic or other courses.
- The Ernest Gardner Fund provides hardship bursaries in certain circumstances.
- Gibson Fleming Bursaries and Scholarships are granted by the Gibson Fleming Trust, a registered charity which was established by Old Elizabethan Edward Gibson Fleming (2894) to encourage pupils at Elizabeth College to embrace a wide spectrum of interests and activities. Edward Gibson Fleming established the Trust during his lifetime and supplemented it with a substantial legacy which has enabled the Trust to support Elizabeth College pupils in their self-development for over fifty years.
Ernest Gardner was a teacher at Elizabeth College Junior School from 1964 to 1969 and again in the 1970s. He left a legacy to Elizabeth College to help support those struggling to pay fees at the College which is still used for that purpose to this day.
Further detail of each of the schemes are given in the tabs below:
Pupil involvement in the broader educational opportunities offered by the school is a fundamental part of an Elizabeth College education. We encourage all of our pupils to get fully involved in extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama, as well as those activities which support academic progress and enrichment such as subject-related trips. We are aware that the cost of these additional activities can be difficult to meet for some parents and feel that deserving pupils should be able to access them regardless of their ability to pay.
Parents can apply for a subsidy for such activities through the Gibson Fleming Bursaries scheme. Applications should be made in April each year for awards for the following academic year. To apply for a bursary, parents should complete both the College mean-testing form and a Gibson Fleming Bursary application form, giving an indication of the activity for which the application is being made and the likely scale of their son’s involvement in the following year. Eligibility will then be assessed by the Trustees in conjunction with the Principal.
Please note that these bursaries are complementary to the Gibson Fleming Music Scholarships and any requests for support for musical related activities should generally be directed towards the latter scheme.
A special Gibson Fleming Trust Award is the John Davison Bursary which was established by Suzanne Boughton in memory of her father John David Davison (4572), a pupil at Elizabeth College from 1946 to 1951 and a former GP. The annual bursary is worth £1,000 and is intended to support a College pupil who would like to pursue a career in medicine.
Elizabeth College offers Gibson Fleming Music Scholarships to talented and accomplished musicians and singers in Elizabeth College Upper School. Scholarships are awarded as Lower School (years 7 to 9), Middle School (Years 10 to 11) and Sixth Form Music Scholarships following auditions which are held in January each year.
Awards are granted on a termly basis. However, it is expected that Scholars will hold their scholarship until eligible to apply for the next level of award or until they leave College. The continued awards are subject to each musician’s active involvement in the musical life of the College.
The value of the award is £140 per term for years 7 to 11 and £180 per term for Sixth Form Music Scholars. There is some provision for moderate supplementary funds to be added on the recommendation of the panel and at the discretion of the Gibson Fleming Trustees.
The Old Elizabethan Association makes OEA Awards to deserving College pupils, generally as a contribution towards the cost of off-island courses and expeditions. In the past, awards have been made to support a variety of activities ranging from British Schools’ Exploring Society expeditions to music seminars. The OEA is willing to consider applications for expeditions, adventurous training and for courses in the world of sport, the arts and academia.
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
- The ability to demonstrate some excellence in the sport or activity;
- The candidate’s initiative, commitment and achievement;
- A genuine reason for attending;
- The ability to demonstrate some effort to self-fund the course;
- Clear contribution to the personal development of the applicant; and
- The degree to which the activity brings credit to the College.
Applicants must be currently attending Elizabeth College so the scheme is not available for gap year students. A successful applicant will be required to submit a full report on their experiences to the OEA, suitable for publication in the Elizabethan, on their return.
The OEA would like to encourage College pupils to consider taking advantage of this valuable opportunity for personal or skill development. We look forward to receiving applications, which will be assessed on the stated criteria as well as any input from the Principal and other College teaching staff.
Applications can be made using this form.
Modest funds are available from the Ernest Gardner Fund in certain cases for fee-payers suffering financial hardship.
All enquiries should be made in the first instance to the Bursar on firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01481 712542.