Bursaries, Scholarships and Allowances

Means-tested Bursaries are the main form of financial support for children at Woodhouse Grove School. They are not offered at Bronte House (2-11 years).

Bursaries can be applied for once the full admissions process has been undertaken and a place has been offered. The number of bursary requests for places always exceeds the financial support available, so unfortunately we do have to disappoint a number of families. There are typically around 10 bursaries offered for Year 7 places.

The level of any award will reflect the parental net resources and where the demand for awards exceeds funds available then a final decision can also be influenced by the general contribution a pupil can, and will make to the school, with particular reference to the pupils academic ability.

Bursaries have to be applied for on an annual basis so that any material changes in circumstances can be taken into account. Please note that 100% bursaries are not available and all parents are required to make some contribution to the fees.

For families in membership of a Methodist Church, means-tested bursaries are also available via a fund administered by the Board of Management of Methodist Schools.

Sixth Form Academic scholarships are awarded following an interview; these are subject to actual GCSE grades.

There are a limited number of Headmaster’s Scholarships, awarded annually to exceptional candidates entering the school.

These are awarded as a discount on the full boarding or day fees. These awards can also be supplemented by a means tested bursary should the financial circumstances of the family necessitate it.

Scholarships cannot be applied for and are awarded to exceptional candidates who excel throughout the admissions process (results of the entrance examination, a pupil interview and a report from the applicant’s current school). Scholarship recipients will be informed of their award in their offer letter. In addition to the honour of a scholarship it will also have a monetary value per annum which will be deducted from the school fees.

The exception to this is Music Scholarships, which can be applied for when entering into Y7, more information about these scholarships will be sent out with assessment information. Children must have passed Grade 3 in their chosen instrument to be invited to a scholarship audition.

Headmaster’s Awards for Music, Drama, Sports, Art and Design Technology are available in the Sixth Form upon application to the Headmaster. These are awarded based on audition/portfolio or evidence of achievement.

Scholarship awards are fixed at the same level throughout a pupil’s career at Woodhouse Grove but are subject to the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of work, behaviour and academic progress.


The siblings allowance amounts to 5% of the fee discounted for the second child, 7.5% for the third child and 10% for the fourth child in the family; these discounts apply in ascending age order.

The Forces Allowance is a small additional award available to parents in the armed services that contributes towards the difference between the MOD allowance, the School Fee and the Minimum Parental Contribution required by the armed services.

For families in membership of a Methodist Church, means-tested bursaries are also available via a fund administered by the Board of Management of Methodist Schools.

For further details of any of the financial support available please contact the Headmaster or Finance Director.