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Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Joint Bus Service: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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How we can help bursaries at St Helen's

We welcome applications for financial assistance from families with daughters entering St Helen and St Katharine from the age of 11 through to 18.

Opening up access for families who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees has always been central to our ethos. This means that we offer support of up to 100% of fees to families who demonstrate through a means testing process that they could not otherwise send their daughter to St Helen's.

What is a bursary?

Bursaries can be awarded from 20-100% of fees, and may include assistance with school bus travel, uniform and curriculum activities. They are awarded to candidates whose performance in the entrance assessments suggests academic merit and where the application satisfies the financial constraints set out by the Governors. Bursaries are reviewed annually; they may increase or decrease according to circumstances.

Sixth Form bursaries

Students applying for Sixth Form at St Helen’s can apply for a standard, transformational, or Sixth Form subject-specific bursary. For more information about transformational and subject-specific bursaries, please click here.

How bursaries differ from scholarships

Means tested bursary provision is separate from the scholarships programme. Scholarships are awarded to recognise excellence, ability and potential in one or more academic or extracurricular areas. The financial value is a nominal fee reduction and they are not subject to means testing. Visit the scholarships page for further information.

How do I qualify for a bursary?

Bursary support is based on an assessment of financial circumstances and considers both capital assets as well as income and makes allowances for household expenses. Where fees are being paid to other schools, the award will take these outgoings into account, although the School would expect to see evidence that equivalent awards had been made by other independent schools.

The School considers that the following examples would not be consistent with the receipt of a bursary: frequent/expensive holidays, new/luxury cars, investment in significant/expensive home improvements, a second property/land holdings, excessive pension contributions, or capital overpayments on mortgages.


"Without a doubt, I would not have built the platform that I have done for myself without my time at St Helen's and the generosity and warmth of those who contributed to the bursary fund."

How do I apply for a bursary?

To apply for a bursary please complete a bursary application form and supply supporting documents. Forms may be downloaded, using the application form link on this page, or from the Bursary. Completed bursary applications should be submitted to the Bursary by the closing dates below. No applications will be reviewed after the offer of a place.

Other support for school fees

Sometimes the School is not able to assist to the extent required or in the necessary timeframe. For those parents who are experiencing financial difficulty, we suggest contacting the charitable organisations listed on the Educational Grants website.

Please get in touch

We would be delighted to hear from you if you are considering applying for a bursary. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us - we are here to help.

01235 520657

Completed bursary applications for entry in September 2022 need to be received at the Bursary by the closing dates shown below. 

Year 7 by Friday 11 November 2022

Year 9 2023 by Friday 23 September 2022

Year 9 2024 by Friday 10 February 2023

Lower Sixth by Friday 14 October 2022 

Application form