At Oxford High School, we aim to focus our support on girls for whom the chance of a GDST education would be a transformative, life-changing opportunity. We are fortunate that we are able to offer generous bursaries to allow these opportunities to happen.

Our GDST Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of school fees; however, the amount of any bursary depends on local demand and the funding available. Sometimes awards of a lesser value may be offered. Pupils who are awarded a bursary at Oxford High School may also receive assistance to meet the cost of their school uniforms, lunches and travel.

All Bursary applications are assessed independently by the Fees Office of the GDST and not Oxford High School itself, and applications are means-tested taking into account parental income and assets. Bursaries to the value of 100% of fees can be awarded depending on individual circumstances. The threshold to be eligible for some support is whether your family’s assessable income and resources is now £85,000 a year or below and you may be offered, for example, a full bursary if your family’s annual income is less than £35,000. We also offer a generous HSBC Bursary award for students coming into the Sixth Form from the maintained sector.

For an insight into the impact of our bursaries, watch the video below in which Dr Bethan James, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, discusses her experience of receiving a bursary.

Opening Doors: Dr Bethan James' Story

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Eligibility for Bursaries

To assess who is eligible for a bursary, the GDST take into account a range of objective criteria including the income and capital resources of the families applying. It is anticipated that bursary awards will last for the duration of the student’s time at school. The GDST do re-assess award holders annually to take account of significant changes in family income and circumstances. A bursary may go up or down to reflect these. This ensures that those most in need receive our support.

Most higher-value bursaries are awarded to pupils from families with a total income of less than £35,000 per year who have no capital assets other than their home. It is highly unlikely that a bursary would be awarded to a family whose annual income is greater than £85,000, other than in very exceptional circumstances. For families whose annual income is between these levels, a sliding scale determines the amount of assistance you may be offered.

Almost 1 in 5 pupils at GDST Senior Schools receive a bursary or scholarship to help towards school fees.

The Bursary application process does not affect whether or not your daughter is offered a place at Oxford High School but candidates have to be registered prior to application. To apply for a bursary, you must tick the box on the initial registration form. Applications for bursaries cannot be made to the Trust once offers have been made.

Please contact our Admissions Registrar, who will be happy to provide further information on admissions@oxf.gdst.net or please read through the Admissions Policy for more details. There is also a useful GDST booklet available – click here to read.

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We are always happy to welcome you for a visit to our school, so that you can see for yourself how our girls learn, flourish and excel. Check for the next open morning or get in touch.

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