Summer Fields is committed to ensuring a Summer Fields education is open to the brightest pupils no matter their personal circumstances. We do this by offering assistance with fees, known as a ‘bursary’.
Summer Fields is able to award annual bursaries to pupils through the support of The Maclaren Foundation Fund. The Foundation was established in 2005 and is named after our founders Archibald and Gertrude Maclaren. Through the Foundation’s support boys have been able to benefit from bursaries on a sliding scale up to 100%.
Bursary applications usually fall into two categories
- New applicants, where a place has been offered but parents /guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees and / or other costs in full or part.
- Existing pupils where a change in parents’/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.
The level of award is decided after a visit and via an independent organisation ‘Bursary Administration Limited’, who will calculate award levels in relations to a family’s financial circumstances. The final awards are then decided by The Maclaren Foundation Board of Trustees with advice from the Headmaster and Summer Fields' Director of Finance.
Our school bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be adjusted upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances.
For more information on how to apply for a school bursary, please contact our Registrar Christine Berry.
What IS A BURSARY?
A bursary is a reduction in the fees charged by the school to parents for a child’s education. The reduction can range from 25% up to 100%.
A bursary reduces the amount the pupil’s parents, legal guardians or fee payers (‘Parents’) pay for the pupil’s education at Summer Fields.
Do I need to pay back a bursary?
No, a bursary is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A BURSARY?
Bursaries are available for boys joining Summer Fields most typically in Year 6 and Year 7. All applicants must meet the minimum academic standard of entry and there must be a genuine financial need for assistance with fees.
All bursaries are ‘means-tested’. The amount of help with fees depends on each family’s circumstances. Family assets, income, liabilities and lifestyle will all be taken into consideration.
Where demand exceeds funds available for bursaries, awards will be made on the basis of the applicant’s potential and performance in the entry assessments.
In addition, each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Headmaster, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of their work, and benefit from participation in the wider, extra-curricular activities on offer at Summer Fields.
When should I apply for a bursary?
It is helpful to us if you indicate that you would be interested in applying for a bursary at the point of registration. A formal application will commence once you have accepted the offer of your child’s place at Summer Fields.
Applications should be submitted by the end of October of the year prior to entry.
HOW IS THE LEVEL OF BURSARY AWARD DECIDED?
HOW DOES A BURSARY DIFFER FROM A SCHOLARSHIP?
Who will know my child HAS BEEN AWARDED a bursary?
WHAT MUST I DO IF MY FINANCIAL Circumstances CHANGE?
HOW OFTEN ARE BURSARY AWARDS RE-ASSESSED?
The Maclaren Foundation is a registered charity established to provide long-term financial support for means-tested bursaries for pupils at Summer Fields Prep School.