College Increases Assisted Places Funding

Whole College
Posted on: August 23rd 2019

Bishop’s Stortford College has announced a new policy for providing financial assistance and a renewed commitment to informing local families about this amazing opportunity. The College seeks to attract the interest of local families with children who will benefit from a potentially life-changing educational opportunity. The financial support available, in some cases, would result in the place being completely free.

In its 150th year, the College has just gained its best GCSE results ever with 75% of all examination results being awarded grades 9-7. It sits within the top 25 of all co-educational schools in the country and enjoys first class sporting and extra-curricular programmes and facilities. It is a great academic school, yet it is also a caring, fun and inclusive community where children thrive and are happy.

College Bursar, Paul Stanley said, “The College has a long-standing commitment to providing accessible education and as such has played a significant part in the history of local families, businesses and the community. We are very much a local school and eager to support local families. We do not want talented children who would benefit from attending the College to think it is not available due to cost alone.”

He went on to explain that financial assistance is awarded based on the family’s ability to pay the fees, which may result in assistance of between 5% and 100% of the fees. “The process starts with applying for a place and of course, the child will need to pass our standard entrance examinations. The financial review takes place separately and alongside this application process, to allow the offer of a place to be made independently and blind to any ability to pay the fees. If the offer is made and the family merit financial assistance then we have a potentially transformational opportunity. The application and any offer of assistance are completely confidential. As one of only a small number of people who know who has been given financial support, it gives me great pleasure to see these talented and confident young adults gain excellent results and life opportunities at the end of their time at the College. The Governors and I are absolutely committed to seeing more children from the local community at the College.” 

Families interested in exploring the opportunity and finding out more about financial assistance are encouraged to attend the College Open Morning, for all stages of entry, on Saturday 25th September from 9.30am until 1.00pm. 


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