Bursaries and Scholarships

What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

A bursary is means-tested financial assistance given to help support a family who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford some or all of the school fees, whereas scholarships reward outstanding achievements and talent in, for example, academic work, music, sport, art or drama. Scholarships may be offered to give a discount of up to 20% of the assessed fee level. Pupils may be awarded both a bursary and a scholarship at the same time. Bursaries make places at Christ’s Hospital affordable, scholarships are the cherry on the icing on the cake for a very few outstanding pupils!

What is a Christ’s Hospital bursary and how do I get a one?

Anyone can apply for a Christ’s Hospital bursary our bursary supported places are offered to those looking for a boarding place. We do not offer bursary/fee assisted day places.

Christ’s Hospital is committed to providing a first class education to talented boys and girls from a broad social and financial background by offering means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a bursary and may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on fees payable. When you apply for a place you must tick the box asking about bursary support. Once you have done that we will send you all of the relevant forms for you to fill in to explain your circumstances – these become increasingly detailed and require proof (e.g. in the form of bank statements etc.) as the applicant goes further through the admissions process.

How are children selected for places?

Christ’s Hospital is academically selective and there is a two stage process. Firstly, an Initial Assessment that uses computer based tests (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal and spatial reasoning). Followed by, for those that pass, a residential assessment where there is academic testing and where we also assess a child’s suitability for boarding.

Christ’s Hospital Scholarships

Christ’s Hospital’s scholarship programme recognises high achieving and talented individuals who excel in specific fields, for example, academic work, music, sport, art or drama and would benefit from financial assistance towards a first class education.

Our scholars contribute something unique to our School, and lead by example. To recognise this, Christ’s Hospital offers scholarships of up to 20 percent off the assessed fee level.

Scholarships are awarded to pupils who are entering the School at Year 9 and Year 12 also to existing pupils who are moving into Year 9 and Year 12.

The competition is intense and the School is looking for evidence that your child’s achievements merit their consideration.


  • Meeting the academic entrance standard for Christ’s Hospital
  • Portfolio of achievements
  • Interview with key staff

How do I apply for a scholarship? (Not available at Year 7 entry)

When you first complete the registration form you should tick the box that indicates your interest in a particular scholarship. All scholars still have to meet our academic criteria so we will not invite anyone to come for a scholarship assessment unless they have been offered a place as a result of our academic assessments. Because Christ’s Hospital is a nationally and internationally famous school, competition for scholarships is intense and we will look for evidence in your scholarship application of outstanding achievement – we only ask a selected number of scholarship candidates to undertake the scholarship assessments so even if you have applied for a scholarship your child might not necessarily be assessed for one.