St Peter's School
We offer help with fees bursaries to children whose families cannot otherwise fund a place.
If your child would thrive in an academic environment, with access to an outstanding programme of music, drama, sport and activities, then we’d love to hear from you. We can give you full information on the application process, and guide you through every stage.
All enquiries and applications are handled in confidence. Your details will only be known by the very small team that processes and asseses your application, and awards of fee assistance / bursaries are kept confidential throughout a child's time with us.
How much of the fees will the School cover?
Our fee awards are means-tested, We can cover between 10% and 100% of school fees, depending on your financial circumstances. For those who need 100% support, we can also contribute towards the cost of uniform and some trips and activities.
Our assessment of how much help you need will take into consideration all your financial circumstances. As well as income and savings, we will also consider assets, including the family home, and your outgoings.
At what age can children apply?
Help with fees is usually only available to pupils entering Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form.
If your child is not yet old enough to apply, you may wish to register an early interest and we will be in touch at a future date.
Do we have to re-apply every year?
No, you do not need to reapply, although we will check your circumstances again at the end of Year 8 and Year 11. We will also ask you to complete an annual declaration, confirming that your circumstances have not changed.
If your family's financial circumstances change, though, you must tell us as soon as possible.
If your income or assets increase significantly, we may need to reduce the level of fee assistance we offer, or withdraw it all together, We have limited funds available for fee assistance, and it is important that they are allocated to those most in need.
What are the timings for bursary applications?
We have put together a full guide to the application process, including key dates to remember.
As soon as possible: get in touch with us for more information
You should get in touch with us as early as possible, and certainly by no later than mid-December in the year before you would like your child to join us.
September - November: visit the School
Visit us, so that you can get to know us better and ask any questions you might have before you apply.
December: Make your application
Send your application form and Help With Fees application form to us.
January: Sit the Entrance Exam
We will arrange a date for you to visit the School and sit the Entrance exam.
We consider all applications for help with fees in the first half of February, and we will be in touch as soon as we reach a decision.
What sort of pupils are successful?
We have made awards to help with fees to a wide range of pupils over a number of years, for both day and boarding places.
Many are attending an independent school for the first time and we are experienced at helping pupils and their families settle in quickly and feel part of the St Peter's family.
Pupils likely to be successful at application will have a strong academic record and are likely to have other interests and talents, such as (but not exclusively) sport, music or drama, which will help them make the most of the opportunities at St Peter's.
The majority of our awards are for day pupils and for that reason a large number of our fee assistance awards are made to pupils in York and the surrounding area.