Skip to main content


Scholarships and Bursaries: We've come a long, long way....

Scholarships and BursariesIn only four years, The Good Schools Guide has transformed the approach of both schools and parents in relation to Scholarships and Bursaries. When we began, parents had no way of knowing what kind of fee assistance might be available at any individual school - or from the sector in general. The only possibility was to contact each school out of the blue - something many parents feel reluctant to do without any information about their eligibility.


So, we started to talk to the schools and to their representative bodies about how to make the information more easily available to parents. While we received great enthusiasm from the actual schools, we were frustrated by the lack of cooperation from their professional associations.

Knowing that parents needed and wanted this information, we launched our own Scholarships and Bursaries Service.

Each child is an individual

And how things have changed! More than 700 schools now, annually, eagerly supply us with their information. "We are so glad you are doing this," one wrote to us recently. "We do like your approach," said another. And from one school this week: "I listened to the talk at the ISS Battersea in November and was very impressed with what you are doing...whilst you have all the information at your fingertips, you do also treat each application on its individual merit."

So - what do we do?

Heart-breaking decisions

We keep an up-to-date information bank of which school offers what, how the applications process works and the criteria each school employs to determine who gets what. Some schools give us loads of detail, others are more reticent. But we understand this. We know that these decisions can be heart-breakingly hard. One bursary of 100% fee remission to one pupil, or four offers of 25% fee remission or 10 of 10% off the fees?

Parents come to us, tell about their child, their circumstances and the help they need. We research according to their criteria and let them know where, when and how to apply. We charge for the time it takes to maintain the information and conduct individual researches. Our reports to parents are detailed, accurate and comprehensive.


Just as schools applaud our work, parents are touchingly grateful. We are always scrupulously open and honest. We give sound, practical advice and never take on cases which have no chance of success. And we are rewarded by the parents who write to us with a place and a bursary at the school of their dreams. It can't always happen but without information it never will.

The Good Schools Guide Scholarships and Bursaries Service:

February 2017



No comments received for Scholarships and Bursaries: We've come a long, long way....

Please login to post a comment.

Most popular Good Schools Guide articles

  • Moving the desks won’t make the results better

    Bernadette John, our Director of Special Educational Needs, despairs at yet another pointless idea from The Department of Education. The school admissions system is, apparently, now taking the blame for the lack of social mobility which is blighting opportunities and depriving the nation of much-needed talent.

  • About the number one UK trusted school guide.

    The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children. Trusted by parents for over 30 years, the guide includes unbiased and candid school reviews and in-depth articles on education-related issues. It is available in print, online to subscribers or through GSG’s expert consultants. Uniquely, each school is selected on merit alone. No one can buy their way into the GSG’s good books. And from famous names to local treasures, their writers visit every single school, interview the head, speak to pupils and parents, analyse academic…

  • For 'Grammar Schools' read 'Fee-Paying Schools'

    One criticism of grammar schools is that they take a disproportionate number of children from privileged backgrounds. A far smaller number of grammar school pupils receive the pupil premium than pupils in comprehensive schools.

  • Sad stories of wasted opportunities for children in need

    Buttle UK is a charity which supports disadvantaged children. One of its more imaginative and bolder initiatives has been to fund places at boarding schools for children who are thought likely to benefit from the opportunities this would provide. The project has been sensitively designed so as not to create divisions between children and their own families and social milieu.

  • Time and places

    The initial furore over National Offer Day is over - although, of course, the next one - Primary School Offer Day - is only six weeks away and we'll have to go through the whole miserable experience again. We, at The Good Schools Guide, along with everyone else, get worked up on behalf of children who are not allocated their first choice school or, far more worrying, children who get offered none of their six choices. It isn't good enough and shouldn't be happening.

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
 Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
 Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

The Good Schools Guide manifesto for parents