Bursaries are awarded to parents of students who perform exceptionally well in the entrance examinations and who show outstanding talent and/or potential in their chosen area(s).

Parents of prospective day students, whose family income is less than approximately £93,000 a year (exact figures are available from the John Whitgift Foundation), may apply for a bursary.  The John Whitgift Foundation calculates the bursary award, which may cover up to the entire fee.  Unfortunately, not all families who are eligible for a bursary will be offered one, as there is a generous, but limited, annual budget for bursaries.

Bursary awards will be retained throughout a student’s time in the School subject to satisfactory academic progress, good behaviour and meeting the John Whitgift Foundation criteria (reassessed each year).

A bursary application must be made in advance of the Entrance Examination (online or by form) and submitted to the John Whitgift Foundation by the published deadlines, which will be available by August 2020.  Applications may be made online or by paper form.  To complete a bursary application please download a bursary form and return to John Whitgift Foundation by the published deadlines (which will be available by August 2020.)

If applying on paper, bursary forms should be posted to the John Whitgift Foundation at the following address:

The School Fees Office
John Whitgift Foundation
North End

If you are successful, you will be notified at the same time you are offered a place.

Royal Springboard 

Royal SpringBoard is a charity providing disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people with the life-transforming opportunity of a fully funded boarding school education.

Whitgift is proud to have established a partnership with this charity in 2018. The children and young people that are supported come from families where the household income has been assessed as being well below that needed to fund a boarding school education.  They either are currently, or have been, looked after in the care system; vulnerable and on the 'edge of care' due to difficult home lives; or are from areas with high levels of social deprivation.

Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation say that:

  • 100% of Royal SpringBoard's children in care who have been given a boarding school place have gone to university.
  • 94% of Royal SpringBoard pupils secured at least five GCSEs, compared with the Free School Meal national average of 36%, and for children in care nationally, only 17% achieve five A*-C grades.
  • Of the 2018 leavers, pupils have gone on to top universities across the country, including Oxford, Warwick and Kings College, and to universities in the USA.


Whitgift School has opened my eyes to the fact that if I’m willing to work hard there is no limit to what I can achieve. When you are in an environment where the people around you are achieving great things, it inspires you to go ahead and do the same

Marcel Hedman - Bursary StudentOld Whitgiftian / School Captain 2017/18

Whitgift felt the most ‘real’ of the independent schools I had seen and I was struck by the humility of the staff and boys I had met. It was welcoming from the get-go, warm, and I instantly thought my boys would thrive here if they were lucky enough to get a place.