What are Scholarships, Bursaries, Assisted Places and Forest Exhibitions?

A scholarship is a non means-tested fee remission. The maximum scholarship awarded in respect of any one pupil is 25% of full fee whether in one area of excellence or in a combination of one or more areas of excellence.  However, most scholarships will be awarded as a smaller percentage, usually 25%/15%/10%/5%.

Bursaries are means-tested and are awarded in addition to a scholarship, up to and including the total remission of fees.  All bursaries are awarded in light of the information given on a completed means-test form, which parents will be sent in advance of the entrance examination.

Bursaries are only given in conjunction with a scholarship.

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Scholarships at 11+

Scholarships at 13+

Scholarships at 16+

We will have eight Assisted Places available to pupils at 11+ for September 2021 entry.  These will be offered as free places with 100% fee remission and will be awarded to qualifying applicants according to need. 11+ Assisted Places will be awarded to pupils who have been offered a place at Forest following the Entrance Exam but who are not invited back to be considered for a scholarship award. Assisted Places will be based on greatest financial need. Families who want to be considered for an 11+ Assisted Place are asked to read through the guidelines below and then to fill out a preliminary form (Form 1) using the link provided below, by midday, Friday 13 November 2020. Assisted Place Application (FORM 1)

11+ Scholarships, Bursaries and Assisted Places – How to Apply

Assisted Places Policy 2020-21

Forest Exhibitions are awards that take the form of a small reduction of fees, the exact level of which is dependent on the number awarded. They are awarded in recognition of ability or potential to those who have not qualified for a scholarship (with the exception of Music).

Unlike scholarships, Forest Exhibitions do not bring with them eligibility for bursarial support.

All Exhibitions are awarded at the discretion of the School and cannot be directly applied for.

In the case of Music, Forest Exhibitions meet the cost of lessons in one or more instruments and may be awarded in place of or in addition to a Music scholarship. They may also be awarded at the discretion of the Director of Music at points other than entry.



All scholarships are awards made on the basis of assessed merit at the discretion of the School and the School’s decision is final.
All internal materials relating to assessment, such as examination scripts, interview notes and results, whether for award or place, remain the confidential property of Forest School.
All scholarships are awarded for the full duration of the pupil’s life at the School, subject to annual review of performance and conduct relevant to the scholarship held. The School reserves the right to reduce or remove the level of scholarship where there are significant concerns about the pupil’s commitment or progress; at least a term’s notice will be given of any such decision.


All bursaries are awarded in light of the information given on a completed means-test form. The School will also take into consideration parental assets, investments and savings when assessing applications.

Bursaries are only given in conjunction with a scholarship. The level of bursary is as stated in the offer letter.Bursaries will be reviewed annually and the School reserves the right to increase, reduce or remove means-tested remission should parental income change.
If a scholarship is reduced or removed as above, any bursarial monies attached to that scholarship will be reduced or removed accordingly.
The School’s decision concerning eligibility for bursaries is final.

11+ Assisted Places

11+ Assisted Places will be awarded on the basis of the greatest financial need, as assessed by the School using the published means-tested financial bands and processes outlined in the Forest School’s Assisted Places Policy.

Candidates who meet the financial criteria and pass the entrance examination will be awarded an 11+ Assisted Place with 100% fee remission.

11+ Assisted Places can only be offered as 100% fee remission places

Forest Exhibitions

Exhibitions may be removed at any stage if the pupil’s commitment or progress no longer merits this recognition.