The main form of financial support for children attending Woodhouse Grove School is in the form of means-tested bursaries. The procedure for applying for bursaries is outlined below, together with a summary of other forms of financial assistance.
With the demise of the Assisted Places Scheme (phased out after 1997), the school introduced its own Bursary Scheme which provides assistance with fees, following the completion of a Bursary Application Form. This is a standard form approved by the Independent Schools Bursars Association and must be completed no later than 30th January in the year preceding the September of the academic year in which a bursary is required. Bursary applications can be made at other times to meet unforeseen changes in circumstance during any academic year.
The level of any award will reflect parental net resources (all income less certain costs such as tax, national insurance, mortgage payments etc). The application form also requires applicants to disclose the value of any capital assets and potential sources of other help (eg family). Where 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. Given that the level of any award reflects parental resources, the level of an award will vary from 10% of the fee up to 90% (in some exceptional cases 100% awards have been made). Where net income is less than £10K, the bursary will usually be in the range 70%-90% of fees and where net income exceeds £40,000pa a bursary application is unlikely to be successful. These income ranges are reviewed on an annual basis and all successful applications are subject to external, as well as internal, audit.
Bursaries have to be applied for on an annual basis so that account can be taken of any material changes in circumstances. The school cannot guarantee to increase the level of the award, although it reserves the right to reduce the award value in the light of changes in parental financial circumstances.
The number of bursaries available in any one year will vary according to the scale of each bursary award, but it is unlikely to exceed twelve awards in any one year group.
For families in membership of a Methodist Church, means-tested bursaries are also available via a special fund (CBF), administered by the Board of Management of Methodist Schools. In these cases, families may be helped by both a Methodist Church bursary and a school bursary. There are a number of other Trusts that offer support to families in specific circumstances. Further details can be provided by the Headmaster.
Woodhouse Grove School, registered Charity No: 529205, is administered by Woodhouse Grove School Trustee Company Ltd No 5610282. Woodhouse Grove School - member of the Methodist Independent Schools Group.