Bursaries (formerly called Assisted Places) are intended to enable gifted children to attend the school irrespective of family income.
Bursaries are only available to those who are successful in our entrance examination and interview, and assistance is not guaranteed if a place is offered. We attempt to help as many families as possible, but funds are limited: awards will therefore be based on the child’s performance in the entrance examination and assessment of need required. The level of fee remission will be determined on a sliding scale which may offer up to 100 per cent reduction in fees. Assistance towards the cost of school uniform, school meals and travel may also be available in cases of particular need. Parents’ income and assets will be assessed annually and all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. The exact amount of fee reduction will depend upon family circumstances, however, families with a total gross annual income of over £70,000 are unlikely to qualify for a bursary. Those families earning less than £25,000 may receive a fee reduction of up to 100%. These figures are guideline amounts and parents are encouraged to contact the Bursar to discuss their individual circumstances, in complete confidence. An allowance will be made for dependants and proof of income will be required. For the higher levels of fee remission, the school reserves the right to visit parents at home or make other relevant enquiries to establish genuine levels of income.
Bursaries may be further supplemented by a Harrison Scholarship (provided by The Peter Harrison Foundation), which are available only to prospective pupils living in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead; and by the RGS Foundation’s 1675 Bursary Fund, as part of the Changing Lives Campaign. These can provide up to 100% fee remission.
Applicants hoping to join the Sixth Form at RGS to pursue their study of STEM subjects at A Level and beyond, and who qualify for a Bursary, may apply to become a Gershon Scholar. Financial support through a Gershon Bursary also carries with it additional mentoring and career support.
A pupil may hold both a scholarship and a bursary but the total reduction cannot be more than 100% of fees.
Bursary Application and Income Assessment
On the general application form there is an opportunity to register your interest in a bursary. The earlier you express your interest in a bursary the more likely it is that we will be able to assist, subject to the standard criteria for receiving a bursary. Once you have expressed your interest in a bursary, we will send you a Bursary Application Form which asks you to fill in details of your income, assets held (for example, a house), and your outgoings (on mortgage, living expenses, dependent children or other relatives). The Bursar may also ask you for a meeting to discuss your needs. If he thinks you may be eligible for a School Bursary, Harrison Scholarship or Foundation Bursary, he may ask for proof of income (for example, tax notices) and you may receive a home visit.