Scholarships & Bursaries
The Governors of Ardvreck School are committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of schools fees. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.
Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances. Awards are made on the basis of the School’s Scale of Awards, which sets out award levels in relation to a family’s financial circumstances. Though awards are generally tied to this scale, they may be varied upwards or downwards depending on individual parents/guardians’ circumstances (e.g. their savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, any other persons dependent upon them and like factors), compassionate or other pertinent considerations.
Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:
• New applicants to the school, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees.
• Existing pupils where a change in parents/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.
1. New Applicants to the School
Information provided by the School alerting the parents/guardians of potential pupils to the possibility of gaining means-tested financial support with the payment of schools fees is included on the school.
The Application Process
Bursaries may be made available to parents/guardians of children entering any year group of the School from Form 1 upwards. They are awarded at the discretion of the Governors and the Head and School Bursar are responsible for the management and coordination of the process.
• Step One Parents/guardians seeking a bursary are required to complete an application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The form, which requests details of income and capital, may be obtained from the Bursar and must be accompanied by full documentary evidence. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the Bursar no later than the end of the autumn term in any year for bursaries to start the following September.
• Step Two The Bursar assesses all applications in order to establish the likely level of support which will be required in order to allow the child to attend the School.
• Step Three The Bursar prepares a recommendation in accordance with the School’s Scale of Awards which is considered with the Head and a joint recommendation is then reached.
• Step Four The parents/guardians are advised whether their child is to be offered a place at the School and of the Bursary offer.
• Step Five Parents/guardians are then required to sign a Parent Contract accepting the place at the school and an acknowledgement agreeing to any conditions relating to the bursary.
The Case for Assistance
The Head and Bursar will consider a number of factors when making the judgement as to the justification for support, and the extent of such support. In the main, the child’s suitability for the school is the first consideration in granting support.
• Suitability In assessing a child’s suitability, attention will be given to the academic assessment result of each applicant, but potential will also be considered as well as actual achievement. Bursary funds are limited and those judged most suitable will be given priority as those likely to gain most from the educational provision. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Head, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work, and benefit from participation in the wider, extra-curricular activities on offer at the School. In normal circumstances, each applicant should meet the School’s normal academic requirements. Previous school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.
• Financial Limitations The amount of the bursary award is not influenced by the level of the academic ability of the child but by the extent of need. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the School’s ability to fund these within the context of what is viable within the context of its overall budget. It is recognised that judgements about what sacrifices a family should make to pay school fees will be personal. However, the School has a duty to ensure that all bursary grants are well focussed and so, as well as current earnings, other factors which will be considered in determining the necessary level of grant will include:
• The ability to improve the financial position or earning power of the family. For example, where there are two partners, both would be expected to be employed unless one is prevented from doing so through incapacity, the need to care for children under school age or other dependents, or the requirements of their partner’s work.
• Opportunities to release any capital. Significant capital savings and investments would be expected to be used for the payment of school fees, as would equity values in houses.
• In cases of separation, the contribution made by the absent parent.
• Contribution to household costs by other, wider, family members, any adults unrelated to the child or by outside sources.
• Where fees are being paid to other schools (or universities) the School’s grant will take into account all these outgoings.
The School considers that the following would not be consistent with the receipt of a bursary:
• Frequent or expensive holidays.
• New or luxury cars.
• Investment in significant home improvements.
• A second property/land holdings.
• Other Factors It is recognised that, in addition to academic ability and financial constraints, there may be other circumstances which should be considered. These include:
• Where a child has siblings at the School.
• Where the social needs of the child are relevant (e.g.: may be suffering from bullying at their present school).
• Where a parent/guardian is terminally ill or is unable to secure permanent employment due to poor health.
• Where a separation has resulted in the child having to be withdrawn from the School adding to the stress of coping with the parents/guardians separating.
2. Existing Pupils – Change in Family Circumstances
Parents/guardians with a child at the School whose financial circumstances suddenly change may apply for a bursary to the Bursar explaining their situation. Such awards are subject to the availability of funding and cannot be guaranteed. Please refer to the note above regarding Financial Limitations.
Length of Award
Bursaries are normally awarded on the basis assistance will be required for as long as the child remains at the School.
In all cases awards are conditional upon the pupil making reasonable academic progress and maintaining good standards of behaviour and may be withdrawn in the event of consistent breach of School rules or serious misconduct. In addition the Head and Bursar have the discretion to recommend to the Governors the reduction or withdrawal of an award not only where a pupil’s progress, attitude or behaviour has been unsatisfactory but also where the parents/guardians have failed to support the school, for example by the late payment of any contribution they are making to the fees.
Where the financial position of the family changes the School expects the Bursar to be notified and this may lead to a review of the amount of the Bursary being granted. From time to time parents of children receiving bursaries will be requested to complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances to ensure there has been no significant change in their financial position.
The bursary will be deducted from the tuition fees and is shown on the fee note sent out by the Bursar. No actual payment is made to the parent.
The School respects the confidentiality of bursary awards made to families and recipients are expected to do likewise.
Other Sources of Bursary Assistance
In addition to the School’s bursary Fund, there are a number of educational and charitable trusts which provide assistance with tuition fees. In the majority of cases, these are to assist children who are already attending a fee-paying school and due to a change of circumstances may be unable to remain. Ardvreck School encourages parents/guardians to apply for support where it is felt a good case can be made for assistance. Further information on how to pursue such assistance may be obtained from:
Mrs D Crighton CA
Ardvreck School Ltd
Crieff PH7 4EX
Telephone: 01764 653112
Please apply to Mrs Crighton for Bursary Application Form or download from website.
Scottish Council of Independent Schools
21 Melville Street
Telephone: 0131 220 2106
The Joint Educational Trust
6 Lovat Lane
London EC3R 8DT
Telephone: 020 7283 3445
Contacting the School
The best way to contact the school is through our Admissions Department. Annie Le Roy-Lewis is our dedicated admissions advisor, who will guide you through the admissions process and organise an initial visit to the School. Annie can be contacted on 01764 653112 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting the School
Most prospective parents visit Ardvreck on an individual basis. Some bring their children with them, whilst others prefer to make a first visit on their own and return with their children at a later date. We welcome visits at any time during the year but we would always encourage you to come to the school during term time when the school is at its busiest. During a visit, you will have the opportunity to meet pupils and staff and the tour will be conducted by two senior pupils. You will also have the opportunity to visit at least one Boarding/Day House. As part of your dialogue with the Headmaster, the academic and co-curricular needs and aspirations of your child will be discussed.
If you then feel that Ardvreck could be the school for your child, we would encourage you to complete a Registration Form. Most pupils start at Ardvreck in the Autumn but many pupils also start at varying points during the academic year. The completed registration form (along with a small registration fee of £25) ‘registers an interest’ and does not hold you to an acceptance of a place at this stage. Our places fill up very quickly, with some year groups already very full. Registration ensures that you have a place for your child once you are confident of your choice and a formal offer of a place has been made. We will keep you informed of news, updates and changes at the school prior to the child starting.
The next stage of the admission process is for your child to come to the school for a ‘taster’ experience. This ‘taster’ is spread over two days with a night in-between and gives the child a feel for academic lessons, games, extra-curricular activities and the boarding experience. Day pupils can experience either a day taster or a boarding taster. Experience has taught us that these ‘taster’ sessions are invaluable for both the potential pupil and the school and both parties get a good chance to look at each other! Each child is gently assessed during the day both in and out of the classroom so that feedback can be given to the parents. Visiting children are dressed in Ardvreck uniform to feel fully included into the school. Within forty eight hours of your visit, you will receive a letter from the Headmaster which will inform you whether a place has been offered to your child.
Acceptance of a Place
Completing the registration form means that you accept the school’s Terms and Conditions and School Rules, as detailed in the Parent/School contract. A deposit of £250 for pupils is payable at this time. The Deposit is refunded (less any outstanding extras) on the final invoice, when pupils have completed their time at Ardvreck.
These are usually held during the Spring Term and usually on a Saturday morning. They are a chance to see the school at work rather than it being on show. For details and times, please see our website or contact the Admissions Secretary.
In the interest of your child, it is imperative that you inform us of any factors – social, medical, emotional or academic – that might affect your child’s learning and other school activities before accepting an offer of a place. All information will be treated with confidence and will only be disclosed if that information has a direct bearing on safety of on the provision of an appropriate education. We welcome any information and discussion that will help us to provide for your child in the best way possible. By way of standard procedure, the school will request information on your child from their previous school and take such advice as it regards as appropriate. This request will be made at the beginning of the term preceding entry.
As well as an individual taster we also host a weekend in the Spring Term to which all pupils registered for a place, or interested in coming to Ardvreck at some point, is invited to come and spend the weekend with us. This is on an informal basis and allows the children to have fun, make friends and get to know the school out of the classroom.
Ardvreck is a non-selective school. However, pupils are expected to be able to demonstrate a level of ability which will enable them to obtain a pass at Common Entrance at 13+. They are also expected to be able to follow instructions, to display a reasonable standard of behaviour and demonstrate an awareness of the needs of others. Admission to the school depends upon the prospective pupil meeting the criteria required to maintain the general standards for all its pupils in keeping with the school’s ethos.
In cases of financial need, it is possible to complete a means tested bursary form.. Any such award would be subject to annual review. Please see our Financial Support page for more information.
Refusal of Candidates
It is possible that a pupil may be refused a place if, after due consideration, the school believes that it is unable to provide an appropriate educational environment for the child or if it believes that it is unable to cater for the educational and/or emotional needs of the child.
Additional Support for Learning (ASL)
A pupil with existing or known ASL requirements will only be offered a place if we have the provision available within the ASL department, the classroom environment and in all other areas of school to provide the recommended level of support to meet their needs. Any additional cost for tuition is outlined in the parental contract.