Bursaries form the major part of fee assistance offered by Stonyhurst. They are intended to help those pupils likely to benefit from an education at Stonyhurst and who will contribute well to the life of the school, but whose parents cannot afford the full fees.
There are normally four categories of Bursary applicants:
1. Parents whose children attend St Mary’s Hall, the Preparatory school to Stonyhurst College, and are due to enter the College.
2. Parents of applicants whose children are not currently at Stonyhurst who wish to apply for financial assistance with the support of the Head of their child’s present school.
3. Parents of Sixth Form applicants for entry who, in the view of their school and of Stonyhurst, would gain from two years at Stonyhurst, contribute well to the life of the school, and need some assistance with the fees.
4. Parents whose child is already in the College and who have suffered an adverse change in their circumstances.
Criteria for Selection
i. Bursaries are not normally awarded before a child is 13. In very exceptional circumstances, St Mary’s Hall is able to give small Bursarial assistance.
ii. Bursaries are usually awarded to boarders.
iii. Particular attention in the award of Bursaries will be given to those who have family associations with the School.
iv. Particular attention will also be given to those families who have more than one child whom they wish to educate at Stonyhurst.
v. The overriding criteria are the financial circumstances of the parents, the benefit their son or daughter is likely to receive from an education at Stonyhurst, and the contribution he/she is likely to make to the life of the school. In assessing a Bursary candidate who is applying for entry, school reports are given importance as well as an interview at Stonyhurst. The Bursary Committee is unable to consider any application unless the child has been interviewed by the Headmaster. In the case of an applicant already in the College, academic and general progress is carefully assessed.
Review of Bursaries
In all cases Bursaries are awarded on the condition that the Bursary holder makes good progress. Bursaries may be withdrawn if the financial circumstances of the family alter. The Bursary will be withdrawn if the Bursary holder is considered by the Committee not to have maintained the progress required of him/her.
Bursaries are automatically reviewed whenever a pupil is already an award holder, and moves from either Saint Mary’s Hall (year 8) up to Stonyhurst College into the Lower Grammar year (year 9), or moves up into the Sixth Form (Poetry – year 12).
The Selection Process
Applications for Bursaries should be made to the Headmaster. Bursary applications are assessed on their individual merits and one against another by a Bursary Committee. Allocations are usually decided in April for the following academic year.
The Governors recognise the incremental financial cost to a family who may wish to educate more than one of their children at Stonyhurst – and have introduced a sibling support scale of reduction to fees (excluding all extras) –
1st child in attendance 0%
2nd child in attendance 10%
3rd child in attendance 20%
4th child in attendance 30%
This sibling support is applied automatically
Please note - these rates assume that the siblings are in attendance at Stonyhurst (College and Saint Mary’s Hall) at the same time. As each sibling leaves, the rates applied to siblings still in attendance will be adjusted accordingly.
St Francis Xavier Awards at 11+ & 13+
These are special awards available each year to up to 10 students whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford Stonyhurst boarding fees. They are offered to suitable candidates who would benefit from, and contribute to, the boarding community of this Catholic boarding school.
An award holder will receive an automatic 20% fee remission which can then be combined with a further bursary award (worth up to a further 50% of the boarding fees).
Assessments for the St Francis Xavier awards take place at Stonyhurst in January and comprise a written examination and one or more interviews.
Details of how to apply for a St Francis Xavier Award can be made by contacting the Admissions Office on 01254 827073, or email email@example.com