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.


Bursaries are available to parents/guardians of children joining Stonyhurst from 11+ onwards (see the School’s Admissions Policy). On occasions, exceptions are made to this rule, with decisions being at the discretion of the Headmasters and Bursar. All bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Governors, with the Headmasters, Bursar and the Clerk to the Governors being responsible for the management and coordination of the process.

Any parent/guardian seeking a bursary must first have registered their child for Stonyhurst College or Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.

The bursary application process

Step 1 - Parents/guardians seeking a bursary are required to complete an online application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the Bursar within two weeks of the online form being issued.

Step 2 - The Bursar and the Clerk to the Governors assess 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 their representative, visiting the parents’/guardians’ home to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair.

Step 3 - The Bursar and the Clerk to the Governors prepare a recommendation in accordance with the Stonyhurst confidential scale of awards which is considered with the Headmasters and a joint recommendation is then reached. There will be an expectation for all families to have met either the Heads of Schools or Head of Admissions as part of the application process.

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 results 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 be, in the opinion of the respective Headmaster, 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.

*Please note the Bursary application process is subject to change.

Ready to apply?

If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email Admissions: admissions@stonyhurst.ac.uk.