I have a child who gets a 50% bursary at a prep school. I would have been happy for her to go to a local state school that we applied to but she didn't get a place. She has been doing well at the prep school.
Her younger sister is due to start school in September. Again, I'm waiting to hear if she gets a place at the state school but it's possible she won't.
I have noticed that the prep school is running a campaign to encourage pupils to join the school this year which includes a bursary package. I am wondering if it would be worth applying for dd2 but had not thought of it before as I thought it might be a cheek when one already has a bursary! But the leaflets they are giving out at open day clearly encourage people to apply for a reception place based on the fact that the school are trying to make their school affordable.