The report following the school inspection in October 2005 said, Bradford Grammar School provides an excellent example of social and ethnic harmony and by its bursary scheme, opportunity for many of varied means. Since the abolition of the Assisted Places Scheme the school has worked tirelessly to enhance its own Bursary Fund which aims to provide financial assistance to girls and boys who pass the entrance examination but whose parents are unable to afford the fees. Part of the money raised by the Hoc Age Appeal in 1999 was used to provide the backbone for bursary funding. Such bursaries are usually allocated to entrants at the age of 11 and for entry into the Sixth Form. Currently 15-20% of pupils benefit in some way from the school’s own endowments, assistance given by former pupils based in the USA and the UK and local and national businesses, including HSBC, Eurodirect, the N G Bailey Group, the Ogden Trust and, most recently, Pace Microtechnology.
Bursaries are awarded on a means-tested basis, each case being reviewed annually. The award depends on parental circumstances, the amount of capital available at the time of the examination and the academic ability of the candidate. Despite our significant success in raising funds for bursaries our resources are inevitably limited and there will be candidates who will be offered a place on the basis of their exam performance but not awarded a bursary.
For those candidates who show exceptional musical ability the school is able to provide scholarship funding. This covers the cost of music tuition and is available for pupils from the age of 8 years. Music scholarships are separate from academic bursaries and candidates in receipt of a bursary for academic studies will not necessarily receive a music scholarship and vice versa.
If you wish to apply for financial assistance with school fees you should tick the box on the Entrance Examination Application Form. You will be sent a form which should be completed and returned before the Entrance Examination. Details of the level of any bursary award are sent out with the offer of a place. As a general rule, parental income of less than £16,000 per annum could result in a substantial award, and over £48,500 is unlikely to receive a bursary award, although each family’s case is always considered individually. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance for music you should write in the first instance to the Director of Music.