Bursaries and scholarships

The School’s historic charitable foundation provides bursary support whilst the School itself offers assistance through scholarships.


Bursarial assistance (provided by the School’s Foundation and the City of London, usually to a maximum of 50% of the fees) is offered to families where boarding or the King Edward’s style of education is a particular need. Applicants must satisfy the normal academic criteria for entry. Examples of qualifying circumstances usually include some form of trauma in the family such as the loss of a parent, where one or both parents are seriously ill or where there is a chronically ill or disabled sibling demanding much attention and time, with the result that the parent is unable to devote enough time to the child’s needs. The children of clergy, missionaries and other special circumstances may also be considered.

The level of bursary awarded depends on the family’s total income and assets and need as outlined. Each case is assessed annually in the light of any changed circumstances and, whilst there is no undertaking to align any increases with any rise in the school fees, once awarded, a bursary normally applies for the duration of a pupil’s school career at King Edward’s.

Our objective is to ensure that assistance is sufficient to cover the child’s continuance at the School.

Strong links with the City Livery Companies and other charitable institutions enable us to recommend other sources of funding in cases of additional need. These can help raise the level of support for those in greatest need to something approaching 100% of fees.

Additional means-tested support is available to current pupils for some school trips and instrumental music lessons.



Academic scholarships (up to 30% of fees) may be awarded at ages 11 and 13 on the basis of performance in the entrance tests, interview and competitive examination. Scholarships are tenable for the duration of a pupil’s time at the School, subject to continuing good performance.

Sixth Form scholarships

Sixth Form scholarships are open to external candidates, including one place for a local day pupil which awards 100% of fees. A whole day assessment will take place in February prior to admission the following September.

Music, Art, Drama and Sports scholarships

Music, Art, Drama and Sports scholarships are available at 11 and again at 13. Candidates will be expected to have succeeded in the normal entrance examinations. For Music, applicants at 11 should have reached Grade 3 ABRSM on their principal instrument and should normally be studying another discipline, which could include singing. At 13 the standard is at Grade 5 ABRSM.

For Art, candidates are expected to bring a portfolio, to take a drawing test and to complete an interview.

We also offer Sports scholarships which are based on a practical assessment and evidence of county standard performance in at least one of the sports offered at King Edward’s. All-rounder scholarships and scholarships in other disciplines are sometimes offered.

All scholarships may be augmented in case of financial hardship.

Discounts for Forces children

Children of serving members of any of the armed forces will be considered for a discount.

Sixth Form Loyalty Discount

Pupils accrue a loyalty discount for Sixth Form fees of 2% per year from 1st Form to 5th Form (maximum of 10%). There is a minimum qualification period of two years at the School prior to the Sixth Form. This discount is applied net after any other discount or scholarship.
The loyalty discount also carries across from Year 7 for pupils at our partner school, Barrow Hills.


Sibling discounts are now available for children both at King Edward’s and at our partner school, Barrow Hills School. For further information please contact the Admissions Office on admissions@kesw.org or +44 (0)1428 686735.