Foundation Pupils

A Bridewell Foundation Pupil

King Edward’s Witley changing lives and creating new life opportunities for deserving scholars

At the very heart of King Edward’s Witley is a strong belief in social responsibility. The School was founded on compassion and generosity for the less fortunate since 1553 – please read more about our history here. Our School supports parents and guardians by offering children an opportunity to thrive, and a chance to reach their full potential in an environment that creates global citizens, ready to enter the real world.

Our bursaries are offered when there is a high boarding need, thereby alleviating undue stress and giving the child space to grow outside of the often-challenging situations that they are born into. We offer 50% bursaries and work with families to secure the other 50% from children and educational charities for example, Royal SpringBoard and Buttle UK. These pupils, referred to as “Foundationers”, are a valued part of the School’s life and community.

There are two categories of Foundation pupils, Category A for severely disadvantaged pupils who lack suitable care and are eligible for the full bursary, and Category B for those who would benefit from the boarding environment but would be unlikely to secure third party funding. Both of these categories and their requirements are broken down fully below.

Each year King Edward’s Witley offers  bursaries. We are very conscious of offering to pupils who truly want to be here and are hungry for the opportunities that our School will give them. This is from academic and pastoral point of view, boarding school rocks! In order to qualify for these there are base criteria that need to be met as well as the family having their income means-tested to ensure transparency. Our School has around 400 pupils a year and we aim to support approximately 50 pupils each year with Bridewell Foundation Bursaries. Deadline for final full applications are by March annually. We will consider cases thereafter on an ad hoc basis.

We would be very happy to talk to you, to discuss how we might be able to help with any of your families you work with. School place registration is managed by our Admissions Department, 01428 686735. Bursary support is managed within our Finance Department, or telephone 01428 686700.

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