Our bursary programme is designed to make it possible for as many children as possible who meet Our Lady of Sion School’s entry criteria are able to take up a place here.

We offer means-tested awards annually to entrants at the usual points of entry, where the parents have indicated on the Registration Form that they require financial support. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support may vary according to parental need.


Considerations in the assessment process

Each application is considered on its own merits. It is recognised that judgments about what sacrifices a family should make to pay school fees will be personal.

However, the School has a duty to ensure that any financial support it offers is well focused and targeted towards those most in need. Therefore, in determining the appropriate level of assistance to be offered, in addition to current earnings and assets, other factors will be considered, including:

  • Family circumstances. The School will take family circumstances into account.
  • Costs associated with other dependants e.g. sick or disabled parents or children.
  • Substantial realisable equity in the applicant’s home and ownership of or interest in other properties or assets.
  • In cases of separation, the contribution made by the non-resident parent.
  • Contributions to school fees or household costs by other family members.

Review of Bursary Awards

Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the School. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income.


Scholarships

Policy – awarding of Scholarships

Our Lady of Sion is keen to admit students with a wide range of talents and to encourage excellence in all areas.

Scholarships are offered to children entering the School in Years 7 and 12. A Scholarship is a discretionary privilege, subject to high standards of attendance, diligence and behaviour on the pupil’s part and to the parents treating the School and its staff reasonably. The awarding of a Scholarship is dependent upon a candidate’s performance in competitive examinations or assessments, which take place in January.

Candidates will only be called for an Academic Scholarship interview if they have reached the required standard in the entrance examinations. Scholarship Awards are generally in the region of 10-20% but in exceptional circumstances may be in excess of this. Scholarships are highly sought after and only a small percentage of scholarship applications are successful as scholarships are limited.

All awards are given as a percentage of the fees so that their relative value remains constant throughout a student’s school career. All scholarships are reviewed annually. Scholarships are not means tested.

The following scholarships are offered for Year 7 entry:

  • Academic
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Sport

A Sixth Form Scholarship is offered for Year 12 entry based upon GCSE results.