Access - Scholarships and Bursaries
Eton’s central purpose is the provision of education. A significant part of the College’s activities is the provision of scholarships and bursaries designed to widen access to the education that Eton provides. In this context, “scholarships” are fee reductions of up to 10% awarded through competition on academic or musical merit, and “bursaries” are fee reductions awarded according to need. Assessments of financial need are made through detailed means tests.
During the year 266 boys (20%) received fee reductions; 44 of these boys paid no fees at all. The equivalent figures for the previous year were 241 and 29. The amount spent on fee remission increased from £4,257k to £4,901k.
Scholarships were awarded to 134 boys. King’s Scholarships are awarded on academic promise and Music Scholarships on musical promise; both provide a 10% reduction in the school fee and are supplemented by bursaries according to need up to full fees if this is necessary to let a boy take up his place. Junior Scholars, Sixth Form Scholars and New Foundation Scholars, all of whom are boys from state schools, pay only what their families can afford.
As well as those that may be added to scholarships, bursaries are available to boys who would not otherwise be able to afford to come to Eton or (if circumstances change) stay at the school. The number of boys with bursaries (excluding those bursaries associated with scholarships) was 135.
We have a dedicated full-time Admissions Access Adviser whose role is to identify potential scholarship candidates who have the ability, but not the financial means, to come to Eton. Our Access Adviser works hard to communicate the possibility of an Eton education to families who would not previously consider it possible to send a boy to Eton. The school liaises effectively with the state sector (particularly state secondary schools without sixth forms) to identify potential candidates for the New Foundation and Sixth Form scholarships.
In addition, we are working with other organisations to develop innovative scholarship and bursary schemes. An example of this is the Eton/ Imperial College Scholarship starting in September 2013 through which a boy will be given a Sixth Form Scholarship at Eton with a conditional offer of a place at Imperial to study engineering.