Bursaries

Widening access to Wellington is at the heart of the Governors' and Master's vision for the future of the College.

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Through our Bursary Funds and commercial income, we offer a limited number of means-tested bursaries each year to candidates of exceptional abilities who need some fee assistance to attend Wellington. These bursaries split into three categories as described below. Applications for any of theses awards should be directed to the Admissions Department.

Means Tested Bursaries

For children with exceptional talents whose families would not be able to afford the full Wellington fees, we offer awards ranging from 10% to 100% of fees. Eligibility for an award is generally assessed – via means testing – at the time of an offer being made so that a family can accept the offer knowing that the required level of fee assistance is available. An average year might see 20 bursary pupils be admitted (at 13+ and 16+ entry only) with an average of award of c. 50% remission. Any family wishing to make a bursary application will be invited to apply as part of the broader admissions process. Bursary awards are not linked to scholarships but some are named, such as the Jimmy Higham Award (supporting a talented sportsman or sportswoman) and the Sir Anthony Seldon Arts Award (for talented performers, musicians and artists).

The Prince Albert Foundation

The Prince Albert Foundation is a programme aimed at widening opportunities to families who would not normally consider or be able to access independent education, and for whom we can offer a genuine shift in opportunity. We have up to 40 fully funded free or heavily subsidised spaces at College at any one time and aim to grow this number through fundraising and commercial income from our international schools. Children who are eligible for Prince Albert Foundation awards are those whose family’s financial or other circumstances mean that their need is greater than national average (i.e. will be on national average income or below and/or have some other qualifying need for boarding). The candidate must meet our minimum criteria for entrance, and we will assess potential as well as current achievement. The Prince Albert Foundation is not a programme designed to recruit pupils with specific talents. It is very unlikely that a pupil who already attends an outstanding or selective school or one already in the independent school system would be eligible.

Foundationers

In accordance with the College’s original foundation, one aim of which was to provide education for the children of deceased military officers, the College continues to educate, free of charge, the children of deceased servicemen or servicewomen of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces irrespective of rank and the orphan children of persons who, in the sole opinion of Governors, died in acts of selfless bravery.

Applications for Bursaries

Applications for any of the awards above should be directed to the Admissions Department: Tel: 01344 444 013 Email: admissions@wellingtoncollege.org.uk