I am delighted that the new Foundation Bursary Scheme will offer free or subsidised places to boys or girls entering Year 7 or Year 12 (Lower Sixth) from September 2021.

Five (or more) Foundation Bursary places will be available each year for Year 7 entry and three for entry to Year 12.

A bursary is a reduction in school fees granted to parents who have limited incomes and assets. The financial award made is appropriate to the individual situation of each family.

Support available to families considering an Elizabeth College education.

Bursaries awarded to families of children through the Foundation Bursary Scheme are calculated via a means testing process.

  • A bursary is means-tested while a scholarship isn’t.
  • A scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic ability while a bursary isn’t.

The Foundation Bursary scheme provides an alternative choice to those parents whose family circumstances mean that they cannot meet the full cost of school fees. We welcome applications for children with enquiring minds who would benefit from our broad curriculum, outstanding extra-curricular and enrichment activities, diverse community and inspirational environment.

Rick James, Foundation Bursary Co-ordinator


Foundation Bursaries range from 25% to 100% of fees. The Bursaries are means tested and are dependent on individual circumstances. Those awarded a full bursary may also receive help to meet the cost of uniforms and other school related costs.

The funds supporting the Foundation Bursary scheme are limited and so will be rationed based on candidates’ merits and financial needs as identified through the application process. Families must therefore understand that, even if their need for a Bursary is substantial, we may not be able to award one.

It is unlikely that applicants with a household income which exceeds £55,000pa would receive financial support except in exceptional circumstances.

All prospective students including those applying for Foundation Bursary places are required to meet the entry requirements of the College’s Entrance Assessment.

Early registration for entry in 2022 and beyond is encouraged. Please register your interest in applying for a Foundation Bursary place by September 2021 for entry to Elizabeth College into Year 7 or Year 12 in September 2022. See 'How to Apply' below.

To learn more please visit our College on Film page to view our short film: ‘Foundation Bursaries ’. For a copy of our latest Bursaries Flyer please click here

Early registration is encouraged for entry into Year 7 and Year 12 in 2022 and beyond.

  • Please complete the Foundation Bursary Registration form for entry into Year 7 or Year 12 in September 2022.
  • On receipt of the form, Foundation Bursary Co-ordinator Rick James will contact you to talk through the application and assessment process. This will include supporting you to complete the full Application and means testing form and checklist  by 31 October 2021 for entry to Year 7 or by the 5 November 2021 for entry to Year 12 in September 2022.
  • All prospective students including those applying for Foundation Bursary places in Year 7 are required to meet the entry requirements of the College’s Entrance Assessment which will be held in November 2021.
  • Bursary Applicants may also be invited for an interview.
  • Applicants will be advised regarding any bursary award by 31 December 2021.

Further information and assistance in making your application are available from Mr Rick James our Foundation Bursary Co-ordinator:

The application and allocation process is described in our Bursary Policy and our Foundation Bursaries Privacy Statement detail how your application data will be used and protected.