Here at Warminster we are proud of our tradition of offering means-tested bursaries to children who would thrive and make a significant contribution to the school community, but couldn’t otherwise afford to come. In some special cases we are able to offer a maximum of a 40% reduction in fees, a sum which is reviewed annually by the Bursar and the Governors’ Finance Committee. There are several pupils currently at the School who benefit from this type of bursarial support.
In addition, the School has a Development Office and its primary role is to raise money in support of needs-blind admission to the School (i.e. admission based on ability rather than ability to pay). Our long-term aim is to raise enough money to be able to offer 100% fee-support to children from low-income families. This will take many years, but it is absolutely the right aspiration to have. We believe that independent schools have a responsibility to promote and support social mobility and to help bridge the social divide. It is undoubtedly in the interest of all of us to do this, not just from a moral, political and social perspective, but also from a business and national perspective. The School is proud of the fact that it works closely with the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation and that it currently has on funded places in the Sixth Form four pupils who joined from the Royal Docks Community School (an 11-16 school) in Newham, East London.
Your son or daughter will still have the possibility to apply for a scholarship at Warminster School but the value of the scholarship may well be subsumed within the Bursary.