The Governors of The New Beacon School are keen to encourage and enable talented pupils from all backgrounds to attend the school. To this end we are able to offer a limited number of academic bursaries.
Such bursaries will usually be offered to children entering Year 3 and above, with beneficiaries normally leaving the school following completion of Year 6. In exceptional circumstances and without commitment, our Governors will consider applications outside these specific criteria.
If you are interested in applying for an academic bursary please contact the Registrar in the first instance to ascertain whether there is a place in the relevant age group. The Registrar will then arrange for you to visit the school and meet the Headmaster. Your child will be called for an interview and assessment. The assessment process is deliberately challenging because funding is limited.
If, after interview and assessment, the Headmaster is able to offer an academic bursary you will be asked to complete a Financial Statement which will be assessed by an independent body. If the Governors approve a particular application, assistance of up to 100% of tuition might be offered. In all cases, offers depend on the availability of funding.
The Governors, in order to comply with what the Charity Commission has indicated would be regarded as best practice, have decided that all Bursary applicants should receive a Home Visit in order to discuss the background of the application and gather more detailed information of the family finances. This is done in order to ensure that the Governors will have as best an understanding as possible of the reasons for your request, and the size of the Bursary they need to consider for you. These visits are undertaken on our behalf by our agents, Bursary Administration Limited, who will conduct the visit at your home in a sensitive manner, and treat all information in the strictest confidence. Please be assured that our agents will do no more than gather and relay to the school the information the Governors require, and will not make any decisions on the Governors’ behalf.
Academic bursaries are reviewed on an annual basis taking into account changes in financial circumstances, academic progress and commitment of both parent and child to the school.
Applications are considered by the Governors in the spring for pupils who seek to join the school in the following September. It is hoped that parents would be notified of adjudication around the beginning of June.