Fee support

If we strongly believe that the pupil would thrive at Stonyhurst and would contribute positively to the school community, we will endeavour to make a Stonyhurst education affordable for them.

Stonyhurst is committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees.

Parents/guardians will be asked to demonstrate that they cannot afford full school fees. 

Such support is known as a bursary. Bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. A separate Scholarship Policy is in place and should be consulted alongside this guidance.  

Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:

  • New applicants to the school where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees in full or after the award of a scholarship.
  • 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parents’/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.

Bursaries may be made available to parents/guardians of children entering any year of Stonyhurst (see the School’s Admissions Policy). They are awarded at the discretion of the Governors, and the Headmasters and Bursar and Clerk to the Governors are responsible for the management and coordination of the process, as follows:

  • Step 1 – parents/guardians seeking a bursary are required to complete an application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The form, which requests details of income and capital, may be found at Appendix A and must be accompanied 3 by full documentary evidence. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the Bursary as specified in the provided timetable.
  • Step 2 – the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors assesses all applications in order to establish the likely level of support which will be required in order to allow the child to attend the school. This may involve the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors, or his representative, visiting the parent/guardian home to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair.
  • Step 3 – the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors prepares a recommendation in accordance with the Stonyhurst confidential scale of awards which is considered with the Headmasters and a joint recommendation is then reached.
  • Step 4 – the joint recommendation is presented to the Bursary Committee for approval.
  • Step 5 – The parents/guardians are advised whether their child is to be offered a place at the school and of the bursary offer.
  • Step 6 – parents/guardians are then required to sign a letter accepting the place at the school and an acknowledgement agreeing to any conditions relating to the bursary.

In assessing a child’s suitability for the award of a bursary, attention will be given to the academic assessment result of each applicant but potential will also be considered as well as actual achievement. Bursary funds are limited and those judged most suitable will be given priority as those likely to gain most from the educational provision. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the respective Headmaster, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work and benefit from participation in the wider, extracurricular activities on offer at the school. In normal circumstances, each applicant should meet the school’s normal academic requirements. Previous school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.

Ryder Systems Bursary - Now open for considerations

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Ryder Systems Stonyhurst Award.

In 2011 Paul and Susan Haworth endowed the Ryder Systems Award at Stonyhurst. This award seeks to provide a free place for a local pupil of any religious denomination with high academic ability to attend Stonyhurst who would otherwise not be able to do so. It gives the gift of a Stonyhurst education.

The first recipient of this award is now reaching the end of their time here at Stonyhurst, having made the very best of all the opportunities available to them. It is therefore, our great pleasure to once again offer this award to a local pupil who would benefit form a Stonyhurst education from age 11 - 18.

Enquiries are invited and should be addressed to [email protected].

Find out more about the Stonyhurst Bursary in our brochure:  StonyhurstStMarysHallBoardingBrochure.pdf