Scholarships & Bursaries

SWPS offers two forms of financial assistance: Scholarships and Perkins Foundation Bursaries.

Both types of support may be applied for at the main entry points to the school, namely in Year 7 and Year 12.

Students may apply for both a bursary and a scholarship.


Scholarships are offered in recognition of achievement and potential, they may be worth up to 50% reduction in tuition fees for academic awards, and up to 25% for other awards.

SWPS offers five forms of scholarship:

Art & Design


Information regarding Art & Design, Drama, Music and Sport scholarship auditions (usually held at the end of January) is included in every candidate's information pack sent out prior to the entrance examination. An application form for these must be completed for Year 7 and Sixth Form entry.

Academic scholarships are awarded at the Governors' discretion. Awards are held throughout the student's school careers, but may be reviewed at any time in the light of their performance in the school, and can be temporarily or permanently removed if necessary. Scholars will be expected to apply themselves fully, making a positive contribution to school life.

Candidates for Art & Design, Drama, Music and Sixth Form Sport scholarships will be subject to the standard academic requirements for gaining a place in the school.

Perkins Foundation Bursaries

Perkins Foundation Bursaries are means-tested and may be worth up to 100% of tuition fees.

The Governors of Sir William Perkins's School are committed to broadening access to the School by offering to eligible parents/ guardians means-tested financial assistance with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate, or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.

Bursary awards are subject to an annual review and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on any changes to parental circumstances.

Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:

Perkins Foundation Bursaries, for Year 7 and Sixth Form applicants upon entry to the School.

Assistance Bursaries, sometimes referred to as Hardship Bursaries, are for existing pupils where there is a change in parents'/guardians' circumstances that has resulted in difficulty meeting tuition fees and possibly in the pupil being withdrawn part-way through a critical stage of education.

The process for requesting and applying for this support is set out in the School's Bursary Policy available on the:

Policies Page of this website

Year 7 applicants wishing to apply for assistance must request and return the relevant forms to the Bursary Department by the date shown in the Entrance Examination Information pack sent out early in the November preceding the January Entrance Examination.