Letter to School Requesting Consideration for a Bursary
If you are facing serious problems covering your child's school fees, application for a bursary - a means-tested sum of money that children may be eligible for at many private schools - can be a useful way to receive financial help for the duration of your difficulties.Bursaries are now very much established as a part of the independent school culture - up to 50% of school pupils receive either bursaries or scholarships at some of the top UK private schools. The usual route to a bursary is when a child first starts at their new school, either at year 7 or 12 in a secondary school, or reception or year 3 of a primary or preparatory school. However, if your circumstances have changed since your child started at the school, it is still worth contacting your child's school to ask about the availability of bursaries, since many set aside funds to help current students continue their education through bursary funds.
How to Find Out About BursariesMany schools advertise full information about their bursaries on their school website or in a central place such as a noticeboard within the school, some may hold this information more discreetly. If you cannot find this information in a public place, do not assume that bursaries do not exist - they may just be available to those who make enquiries.
For that reason, it is a good idea for parents to contact the school directly; try to explain your personal circumstances as clearly as possible in order to find out more about school bursary provisions. Sometimes bursaries are organised by a separate fund within the school body, so a simple phone call can help you to find out how they are organised within your child's school.
This letter format laid out below shows how parents can write to a school to request information about their organisation of bursaries. The letter is based on a fictional family's contact with their school.
The School House
5 February 2008
My son Larry is studying in year 11 at The School House. We have not received any scholarships or bursaries during his education at the school, however recently our financial circumstances have changed and we are now struggling to cover the full cost of the fees each term. We wanted to enquire about any bursary schemes that are in place at The School House and to find out what we would have to do to discover if we were eligible for any funds. Obviously this is a very grave concern for us, especially as Larry is about to take his GCSEs.
We would appreciate the opportunity to come and talk to you about this, or if you could send through any information on bursaries that you have. You can contact me, Father, on 0131 2343 9049 or 0723422342, or email me at email@example.com, or via the address above.
With thanks for your time and best wishes
Mr. Felove, father of Larry Felove