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Bursary expectations

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powerstation Tue 24-May-16 22:57:19

Can anyone tell me what the obligations are for parents of children with bursaries at independent schools? Other than support your child educationally that is. Are you expected to contribute in non-material ways eg join PTA, help at sports/careers events etc? Is expectation implicit?

Gruach Tue 24-May-16 23:07:49

There are no expectations as far as I understand OP. If you're offered a bursary then the school infers that you support the school's aims and ethos and will support your child through their school career. I've never heard of a bursary parent being burdened with any further obligation beyond that of other parents.

bursarylady Wed 25-May-16 16:37:08

No expectations beyond supporting your child's education. But you will probably find your DC is very motivated to do well!

powerstation Wed 25-May-16 18:32:51

Thank you both for replying. I had become worried that there was more to it than I thought!

Cleo1303 Wed 25-May-16 19:46:17

I don't think schools require a commitment from the parent, but they do review the bursaries annually and if your child is not working or is behaving badly they can pull it.

There again you could show willing and help at school fairs, etc. I'm sure they would appreciate it. but there is no expectation.

stealthsquiggle Thu 26-May-16 22:27:22

Same a everyone else has said - no expectations beyond supporting your DC's education.

Leeds2 Thu 26-May-16 23:17:39

I don't think there is any expectation on bursary students' parents. I have never come across this.

schbittery Fri 27-May-16 11:25:49

You have to requalify every year though don't you? So I guess there is the expectation to provide all the paperwork and financial information every year which can be onerous I imagine.

stealthsquiggle Fri 27-May-16 11:30:44

Do most schools really make you go back through the whole process every year? I thought most just said that you have to let them know of any changes in circumstances.

bursarylady Fri 27-May-16 12:27:58

You have to provide new bursary form, tax, papers etc every year. It's the right thing.

schbittery Fri 27-May-16 13:53:01

of course it is - people scam the system enough as it is. It's easy to hide assets for a year or so - not as easy for multiple years.

powerstation Fri 27-May-16 21:15:50

I didn't mean educational commitment or form filling obligations; I meant things beyond the obvious that are not potentially made clear via the application process eg parent social/networking events, pta etc.

IvySquirrel Fri 27-May-16 21:53:02

We have bursaries. We don't do anything over and above what other parents do. And in fact we don't do some major fund raising things (ball, casino night) because we can't afford the tickets.
The bursaries are reviewed annually and the financial info required has increased significantly over the 5 years we've been in receipt of them.

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