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At Bedford Girls’ School, we are dedicated to widening access and supporting our local community. Each year we offer financial support to parents of academically strong pupils, who would otherwise be unable to afford the fees. 


Bedford Girls' School welcomes bursary applications for the Senior School and Sixth Form from parents who require financial assistance for their daughter to join us or remain with us.

The School Awards Committee has a finite sum available to award to pupils at their discretion. However, due to limited funds available, meeting the criteria for financial assistance is not the only prerequisite for receiving a bursary.

Senior School girls will be assessed on their academic performance, demonstrated in the entrance assessment papers and their school report, before a decision on the level of assistance is made. Girls entering the Sixth Form will be assessed on their performance in the verbal reasoning paper, and an exam paper in their chosen IB or A level subject.

To enable us to help as many applicants as possible, we do not award scholarships, but rather focus our available funds on providing means-tested bursaries to the most academically gifted.

Levels of Assistance

In order to give potential applicants an idea of the level of assistance that might be available, please see the Assessable Income & Parent Contribution Table below. The table provides an approximate guide of how much you may have to pay towards school fees for the 2017/2018 academic year, dependent on your gross family income.

Assessable Income and Parent Contribution Table

The scale set by trustees is a maximum award and the individual awards committees may make the offer of an award lower than that indicated by the means-testing process.

Applicants should be aware that even in the circumstance of a full bursary being awarded they will be required to pay the £100 registration fee (non-refundable) and the £500 deposit (refundable when your daughter leaves Bedford Girls' School). In addition help towards the cost of school uniform is available to those awarded a bursary of 50% or greater.

Applying for a Bursary

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance towards school fees, then please contact our Admissions Team on 01234 361918 or email: for a bursary application form. The bursary application form for the academic year 2018/19 will be available from September 2017. Please contact the Admissions team at this time.

Bursary application forms need to be returned to the Fees Manager at The Harpur Trust by Friday 1st December 2017 at the latest. Bursaries for the school year 2018/2019 can only be considered and allocated at this time.

Full details of how to apply for a bursary are available by clicking on the link to the left of this page.

Receiving a Bursary

Once received, the continuation of a bursary depends upon the pupil’s sustained academic achievement.

The decisions on bursaries are made during the Spring Term and information regarding the level of assistance that may be available to you will be contained in the offer letter posted to your daughter on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

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