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A limited amount of means-tested bursary funding is available for allocation to pupils who strongly demonstrate that they would benefit from a Birkdale education; but for whom full fee payment would be prohibitive. If a bursary is awarded, the value is dependent on a full assessment of a family’s financial circumstances. A bursary may be awarded alongside a scholarship to increase overall fee remission or as a stand-alone award. In either case, bursary funding can cover up to a maximum of 100% of tuition fees in total. This remission would include any scholarships also awarded.
A bursary awarded to a pupil entering the school between S1 (Y7) and S4 (Y10) would be tenable until the end of S5 (Y11) in the first instance; provided that financial circumstances remained unchanged during that time and that the conditions of an award are adhered to. Bursary funding is also available for pupils continuing into the Sixth Form subject to a satisfactory performance in a General paper, which candidates sit in the January of S5 (Y11), and assessment of an up-to-date bursary application.
Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer bursaries to all candidates for entry to the School who apply, and who would be eligible, for means-tested funding. When shortlisting applications for bursary funding therefore, consideration is primarily given to performance in the 11+ entrance test. However, a candidate’s performance in assessments for academic, music and sports scholarships, if entered, may also be taken into account.
If means-tested bursary funding would be required for acceptance of a place, this should be indicated in section 5 on the Registration Form. The Bursary Application Form can be downloaded here. Both forms should be submitted, along with the supporting documentation stated on the Bursary Application Form, by Friday 3 December 2021 at the latest. Please note that although the Registration Form can be submitted further in advance, in order to ensure that financial information is sufficiently up-to-date, the Bursary Application Form and supporting documentation should not be submitted prior to Friday 29 October 2021.
The outcome of any Bursary applications for 11+ entry will be communicated in writing shortly after the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also made to all those who have met the academic standard for entry.