The Foundation’s governors are committed to providing access to an Abingdon education for able boys from families who cannot afford to pay full fees. We do this by offering means-tested financial support known as a ‘bursary’. In essence, a bursary is a discount on the cost of day fees of up to 100%.
Abingdon does not have a large endowment and therefore the Governors are mindful, when bursaries are provided, that there remains an overall fair balance between those benefiting from bursaries and full fee-paying parents, many of whom are also making significant personal sacrifices to fund their children’s education.
The amount of a bursary is not influenced by the academic ability of the pupil (although he must meet the School’s academic standards) but rather by the extent of financial need. Bursaries are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Abingdon education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School.
A bursary is distinct from a scholarship in that it is given to recognise financial need whereas scholarships are given to recognise outstanding achievement regardless of financial need.
The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, has recently written about widening access to an independent education.
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