Bursaries are awarded to day 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 be eligible to apply for a bursary. The John Whitgift Foundation calculates Bursary Awards, which may cover up to the entire fee.  Demand for Bursary Awards is extremely high, therefore not all families who are eligible for a bursary can be offered one, as there is a generous, but limited, annual budget.

To apply for a bursary, families must first register their interest by completing the John Whitgift Foundation, Bursary Interest Form online, at the John Whitgift Foundation, Bursary Interest Form and questionnaire online at the John Whitgift Foundation. The form will be available here from 1 September 2021.
The closing dates for Bursary Registrations of Interest are: 

  • 10+ - Friday 26 November 2021
  • 11+ - Friday 26 November 2021
  • 13+ - Friday 5 November 2021
  • 16+ - Friday 5 November 2021

Following the entrance examinations, Whitgift will notify the John Whitgift Foundation of the students who are being considered for an offer and bursary, and the Foundation will invite those families to complete a full Bursary Application online.

Successful Bursary Award recipients will be notified at the time of the offer of 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 the Royal SpringBoard charity in 2018. Our Springboard Award recipients come from families where the household income has been assessed as being well below that needed to fund a boarding school education.  The students are either 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 Impact Report November 2019 states that;

  • 89% of Royal SpringBoard school leavers have secured places at universities, in apprenticeships or employment (compared to 69% of disadvantaged pupils nationally)
  • 97% have achieved at least 2 A-levels (compared to only 16% of disadvantaged pupils nationally)


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.