- Day pupils, but not exclusively, as boarding pupils can also be in receipt of a Category B.
- The pupil would have to complete the “Potential to Benefit” assessment, which is often easier when the pupil application has been completed. This considers the total application from the pupil – entrance test results, interview report and possible scholarship application.
- Category B funding would be used to enhance the funding awarded to Scholars (Academic, Sport, Art, Music, Drama) where the parents could not afford the shortfall when considering the scholarship award on its own.
- It would also be used to enhance scholarship funding. The total award of a scholarship might be capped at a total of 50% funding from King Edward’s Witley (but not always) – that decision is to be made/confirmed by the Bursary Awards Committee considering the total application from the pupil – entrance test results, interview report, level of scholarship, and bursary application.
- Since other/third party funding is not expected, there must be some family income to be able to afford the likely shortfall in fees.
In assessing Potential to Benefit for a Category B bursary application, the following would be looked at. Some factors will increase the likeness of acceptance (marked as high), while others have no significant effect (marked average):
- Supporting a successful scholarship application – High
- Pupil has some fragile element to their own nature – i.e. strong stammer, Asperger’s – where it could be evident that they would not flourish in mainstream/state school with large pupil population and large class numbers. – High
- Single parent supporting the family/child – parent is working shifts or unsociable hours. – High
- Two parents but disruption at home caused by ill or disabled sibling such that disproportionate attention from parent reaches the child – Above average or high
- Single parent supporting the family/child – parent is healthy and able to work. – Above average or high
- Supporting a close but unsuccessful scholarship application – Above average
- Two parents in employment and good health, no trauma or disability in family members, no identified reason the pupil needs to come to a school like King Edward’s – Average
Multiples of the points above may lead to an increase in the ranking, for example:
- Supporting a successful scholarship application and a single parent working shifts or unsocial hours – Very high