The Governors of Spratton Hall are committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support towards the payment of school fees. Such support may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% of the tuition fees payable, depending upon the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of the applicants.
Spratton Hall Bursary Awards are subject to the testing of parental means each year and may be varied depending upon the parental circumstances. Awards are made following applications from parents and a meeting of the Bursary Committee in relation to a family’s financial circumstances. The Bursary Awards are reviewed and revised annually, to reflect any changes in tuition fees and financial circumstances, and are approved by the Governors. Awards may be varied depending upon individual parents/guardians circumstances, including their savings, investments, realisable assets, income, size of the family, dependent relatives, and any compassionate or other pertinent considerations.
Requests for financial support toward the tuition fees normally fall into one of two categories:
- New applicants to Spratton Hall, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees.
- Existing pupils, where a change in the circumstances of the parents/guardians has resulted in difficulty in meeting the tuition fees and may result in a pupil being withdrawn part way through the relevant stage of education.
New Applicants to the Schools
The Application Process
Spratton Hall Bursaries are made available to the parents/guardians of children entering Spratton Hall who are aged 7 or 8 on September 1st. These awards are made at the discretion of the Governors. The Bursar is responsible for the management and co-ordination of the process.
- Step 1. Parents/Guardians seeking a Spratton Hall Bursary are required to complete an application form, which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The form, which requests detail of income and capital, and which must be accompanied by full documentary evidence, can be obtained from the email@example.com. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the school on a deadline date in March in any one year for the awards to start in the following September.
- Step 2. The Bursar initially assesses all applications to establish the likely level of support that will be required in order to allow a child to attend the school. This process may involve the Bursar, or his or her representative, visiting the parents/guardians home to ensure that the information has been correctly interpreted and that the basis of the financial assessment has been fair.
- Step 3. The Bursar prepares a recommendation for the Awards for consideration and approval by the Bursary Committee.
- Step 4. The parents/guardians are advised by the Bursar whether their application has been successful and the level of bursary awarded.
- Step 5. Parents/Guardians are required to sign a letter accepting the place at the school and acknowledging the conditions relating to the provision of the Spratton Hall Bursary.
The Case for Financial Assistance
The Bursary Committee will consider a number of factors when making a judgment as to the justification for support, and the extent of such support. In the main, a child’s suitability for the school is the first consideration in granting support.
- In assessing a child’s suitability for Spratton Hall, attention will be given to the academic result of each applicant but potential will also be considered as well as achievement. It will be expected that any applicant will add to the life and success of the school, in one or more of the following areas: academic, sport or the arts. Spratton Hall Bursary funds are limited and those judged most suitable will be given priority as those who are likely to gain most from the educational opportunities. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Head Master, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission, must possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work, and benefit from participation in the extra-curricular activities on offer at the school. Previous schools will be contacted and school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.
- Financial Limitation: The amount of the Spratton Hall Bursary award is not influenced by the level of the academic ability of the child but by the extent of financial need. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the school’s ability to fund the awards. It is recognised that judgments about what sacrifices a family should make in order to pay school tuition fees will be personal. However, the school has a duty to ensure that all Spratton Hall Bursary awards reflect all of the circumstances which are relevant.
- Other Factors: It is recognised that, in addition to academic ability and financial constraints, there may be other circumstances that should be considered. These include:
- Where a child has a sibling or siblings at the school.
- Where the social needs of the child are relevant.
- Where a parent/guardian is terminally ill or is unable to secure permanent employment due to ill-health.
Existing Pupils: Change in Family Circumstances
Within the overall budgetary constraints, the school, in normal circumstances, has funds available for cases of sudden, unforeseen need or where applications where a separation has resulted in the child having to be withdrawn from the school adding to the stress of coping with parents/guardians separating, meriting Spratton Hall Bursary assistance are received out of the normal cycle. Parents/guardians with a child at the school whose financial circumstances suddenly change may contact the Head Master or Bursar to explain their situation and apply for an award. In this event, the application will be considered by the Bursary Committee.
In both categories of bursary support, it is a requirement that pupils have a good record of behaviour, a high level of endeavour and enthusiasm and parental commitment to fully support the child and the school.
All Spratton Hall Bursary awards, regardless of the circumstances that have justified them, are subject to a review of the parental means each year and may be varied depending on the parental circumstances. Current Spratton Hall Bursary holders will be issued with a means-testing form each year. These forms should be completed during the month of March in the year in question. For those previously in receipt of a Spratton Hall Bursary, the Head Master and Bursar have the discretion to reduce or withdraw an award, not only where a pupil’s progress, attitude or behaviour have been unsatisfactory, but also where the parents/guardians have failed to support the school, for example by the late payment of any contribution they make towards the tuition fees.
Spratton Hall respects the total confidentiality of all Spratton Hall Bursary awards made to families. Recipients of these awards are expected to do likewise.