Bursaries and Scholarships

Lower School:  Scholarships and Bursaries 

The School offers some small scholarships to boys and girls who are due to begin Year 3 or Year 5 the following September. Exceptionally, a scholarship may be offered for Year 4 or Year 6. Scholarships are open to children already in the school as well as external candidates and the award of a scholarship is dependent upon a good performance in the Entrance and Scholarship Assessments during the Spring Term. The school has a small bursary fund and in cases of need a child may be eligible for a means-tested bursary award. A bursary application form is available from the School Office and the completed form should be submitted prior to a child coming to be assessed for entry. 


Upper School: Scholarships 

Academic Scholarships are offered at 11+ and 13+. Academic scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+). All applicants are considered for an academic scholarship following the entrance examination and interview with the Headmaster. Those that perform to a very high standard may be awarded a scholarship that will apply for the duration of a pupil’s education, subject to continued good academic performance, progress and conduct. 

Scholarship awards are typically between 5 and 15% of tuition fees.  The highest performing pupil in the entrance examination will be awarded the Merchants Scholar award which is equivalent to 25% of tuition fees.  This award is supported by the Society of Merchant Venturers. 

Parents are also able to apply for additional financial assistance through a means-tested bursary.  


Financial assistance in the form of bursaries  

The Governors of Colston’s School are committed to broadening access to the school. At the point of entry, parents may apply for means-tested financial support in the form of a bursary. The school is fortunate to receive support from the Hilborne Foundation, the John James Foundation, the Roger Newport Foundation and the Old Colstonian Charitable Trust amongst others to facilitate this. 

Normally, depending on financial need, these awards are in the range of 10% to 50% of the tuition fees but may be up to 100% in exceptional cases. The potential for academic development and overall contribution to the wider life of the school are part of the assessment process and the number of awards made each year will vary according to the calibre of applicants and the number of applications made. 

All bursarial awards are reviewed at the end of Year 9 and Year 11. 

Prospective parents wishing to apply for a bursary must indicate this on their registration form and complete the bursary application form. This must be submitted with the supporting documentation prior to their child’s assessment. 

If you have any queries in relation to completing the bursary form then please contact the Director of Finance, Emma Jennings, on 0117 9923 190 or at Ejennings@colstons.bristol.sch.uk  

16+ Scholarships for the Sixth Form

Academic scholarships are available for internal and external candidates for entry into the Sixth Form. Awards will be made after academic assessment.