All candidates will be charged a non-returnable application fee of £90 prior to sitting the entrance examinations. Late applications are permitted under special circumstances and incur an additional administration fee of £20. A deposit of £800 is payable on acceptance of a place. This will be retained in full until the pupil leaves, when it will be refunded less any balance owing to the School. Parents who fail to take up their child's place will lose their deposit.
The school fee for 2017-18 is £16,656.
There are very few costs which are not covered by the fees. These include lunches, uniform, external examination entry fees, individual music tuition, and part-cost of a small number of excursions away from school.
Fees may be paid by monthly Direct Debit.
Over half of our parents do not pay the full fee. There are two types of fee reduction available:
- Whitgift Foundation Bursaries
There are several types of scholarship award: Academic, Music, Sport, Drama, Art and Design Technology (please note that for Sixth Form entry, there is no Design Technology scholarship available)
At 10, 11 and 13+, all pupils sit the same Entrance Examination papers for their appropriate age group. There is no special or additional scholarship examination
The awards are made without regard to parental income and are worth a percentage of the school fees, up to a maximum possible 50%. The scholarship will remain throughout a pupil's school career provided he or she maintains the expected standards
Even if a Whitgift Foundation Bursary has been awarded, a scholarship may also be given
A pupil who pays reduced fees because of a Bursary may also be awarded an honorary scholarship, which can be implemented if future family income were to increase
There is no set number of scholarship awards but a sum equivalent to ten full fees is given.
Any pupil applying for admission to Trinity will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship. This applies equally to applicants for entry at 10+, 11+, 13+, Sixth Form or other ages of admission.
The scholarship award at each entry level is based on:
- Performance in the standard Entrance Examination papers.
- An interview, which may incorporate additional tests.
- For Lower School, a reference from the pupil's current school. For Sixth Form, please send your latest school report.
Music scholarships are awarded to pupils who show exceptional musical promise on at least one instrument. Most candidates are between Grade 3 and Grade 5 on their principal instrument (Grade 8 in the SIxth Form). Pupils who perform well enough in the entrance examination will be invited to audition in late January or early February of the year of entry (December for Sixth Form applicants). Two types of award are given:
Music Scholarships - Up to 50% fee remission of the school fee; free music tuition on two instruments (tuition at school or with a private teacher); free loan of orchestral instruments.
Music Tuition Awards - free music tuition on two instruments (tuition at school or with a private teacher); free loan of orchestral instruments.
A separate application form must be completed for music scholarship applicants.
Drama scholarships are awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise in Drama or Theatre work; such a candidate may also have taken LAMDA or Speech and Drama Examinations and achieved a Distinction. The candidate may also be a very talented member of a school Drama Club or Drama Group external to their school. Applicants must have the support of a teacher at their present school or Drama group and be prepared to present a portfolio of their performance or production work at the scholarship interview. For Lower Schoo, those who perform well enough in the entrance examination will be invited to audition in late January or early February of the year of entry. For Sixth Form, the audition will be held on the day of your entrance exam. Up to 50% remission of the school fee can be awarded. A separate application form must be completed.
Sports Scholarships are awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise in at least one sport or are very talented members of a number of school/club/representative teams. Many candidates will have already played at County level or be of that standard. For Lower School entry, applicants are assessed in January or early February of the year of entry. For Sixth Form, applicants are assessed before the Entrance Exams. Up to 50% fee remission of the school fee can be awarded. A separate application form must be completed.
Art Scholarships / Design Technology Scholarships (DT scholarships not available for 16+ applicants).
These are awarded to pupils who show exceptional promise in one of these subjects. Pupils must have the support of a teacher at their present school and be prepared to present a portfolio or samples of their practical work (for Sixth Form, this will be needed on Entrance Exam day). Pupils are assessed or interviewed in January or early February of the year of entry (December for Sixth Form applicants). Up to 50% fee remission of the school fee can be awarded. A separate application form must be completed.
WHITGIFT FOUNDATION BURSARIES
Usually parents whose family income is less than approximately £80,000 a year (exact figures are available direct from the Whitgift Foundation) may apply for a bursary (an income-related fee reduction). There is a generous but limited annual budget for bursaries and they are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations and interviews for those who qualify in terms of their income. Successful bursary applicants may also be entitled to some remission of the deposit fee.
Bursary assessment forms should be completed before the entrance examination is taken. The Clerk to the Whitgift Foundation calculates the bursary award. A small proportion of parents may be offered a bursary smaller than the Clerk’s initial assessment. Further details of help available are also available via the following LINK to The Whitgift Foundation website.
Click on the following links to download full information regarding Whitfgift Foundation bursaries and scholarships:
A Guide to Bursaries and Scholarships - brochure
Qualifying for a Bursary 2018/19
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR BURSARY APPLICATION FORMS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 WILL BE THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017.
Children who have a proven track record of displaying consistent and exceptional talents and of performing at a high level in areas such as Sport, Music and the Performing Arts are invited to take part in a subsequent pursuit-based scholarship assessment day.
Scholarships can range from 5% to a maximum of 50% dependant on performance and are at the discretion of the Headmaster. High awards i.e. those exceeding £600 per term will be means-tested in the light of the School’s need to conform to the recent changes in Charity Law.
Scholarships are awarded mainly at the 11+ stage. Some scholarships are, however, awarded at other entry points e.g. 14+ and entry to Sixth Form.
The Notre Dame Award is an All-rounder Scholarship for high academic calibre and a commitment to extra-curricular activities.
Most scholarships are awarded after the November and January Assessment Days.
The scholarships come under various headings:
For those unable to afford the full fees, the School offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries. Awards are strictly confidential and are subject to annual review. There is no maximum level to the award that may be made, although awards greater than 50% of fees are necessarily few in number.
For members of Armed Forces in receipt of the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA), the School offers a further discount where the parental contribution is greater than the minimum required 10% contribution, making independent education at Trinity a very affordable option. For an explanatory leaflet, please contact the Registrar. For more information about the CEA, please follow this link to contact the Children’s Education Advisory Service, run by the MOD.
Please contact the Registrar for further information on 01626 771 530 or email@example.com.
Assistance with school fees is also available from a number of charities that provide support for children in particular circumstances or age groups and/or parents in particular professions. More information can be obtained on the following website, http://educational-grants.org/, or by telephoning the Educational Grants Advice Helpline on 01932 865619 (9am-11am Mon to Fri).