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Private school bursaries, how are they funded?

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Happy2818 Wed 14-Feb-18 14:09:43

How are private school bursaries funded? Is it a proportion of the fees that are paid by parents which are used to fund means tested bursaries?

wijjy Wed 14-Feb-18 14:12:56

here's information about one

Fund separate to the school but supported by it.

AnotherNewt Wed 14-Feb-18 14:15:35

It's usually from a separate 'pot' of investments, for which separate fundraising is carried out (popular theme for alumni appeals). Schools can make contributions to the pot from general income, but they do have to keep a close eye on affordability of ordinary places.

LIZS Wed 14-Feb-18 14:16:55

Usually there are separate funds invested to generate bursary income , having initially been created through fundraising, donations and legacies which are topped up over subsequent years. Fee income pays for the running of the school , maintenance and capital projects.

WiseOldHag Wed 14-Feb-18 14:21:55

Our local private school gives scholarships to most of the pupils. These are typically discounts on fees of up to 75% and are each named after the donor. "The Smith Scholarship" etc.

The school has a long history (100 years+) and many of the donors are past pupils who wanted their names remembered while passing on a benefit, but there are also quite a few where a child died and the school fees the parents were going to spend are instead used to to remember them through this gift.

DSHathawayGivesMeFannyGallops Wed 14-Feb-18 15:51:44

My old school funded it similarly to how @AnotherNewt describes, I think. The school has a fund, puts money in and accepts donations, gets legacies, has appeals etc to top it up. They may not all be like that but I think that probably describes how some places do it. No idea for places such as Christs Hospital, though as so many places there are aided/fees adjusted.

My old school also has a particular charitable fund for subsidised places for children of the clergy which I think was originally funded by some sort of subscription and which is now funded by a specific pot. Partly because the scheme is historic, partly because not everyone who wishes to support subsidised schooling would choose to support this.

TalkinPeace Wed 14-Feb-18 15:54:42

Legacies and Investments

Winchester College owns huge tracts of land from which it earns income
as well as a significant investment portfolio : their accounts at the Charity Commission show it all

SquirmOfEels Wed 14-Feb-18 15:57:53

The Dulwich schools fund their bursaries by basically owning huge swathes of Dulwich. And the benefits of 400 years of compound interest on invested endowments

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