Bursary FAQs

How do I apply?

Please email the Bursar or call on 0208 948 3926. The Bursar will then explain the process to you. To make a formal application you will need to read through our in-depth information, complete detailed forms and agree to extensive enquiries about yourself, your family and your child.

How will children be selected?

Unicorn School is non-discriminatory. Once we have an eligible list of applicants, the child and their parents will be interviewed by the Headmaster and the Bursar. References will be taken up and, where appropriate, assessments will be made of academic progress as it’s important that children joining Unicorn at a later stage are suited to the established class. A track record of good behaviour will be key – as will the sense that they would really benefit from joining the Unicorn family. Careful consideration will be given to ensure that they would be a good fit in a class, as with any child joining at a later stage throughout the school, and the fact that they have been offered a bursary will, of course, be confidential.  The final recommendations will be reviewed by a sub-committee of Governors.

Will bursary children take priority over siblings and children of OUs?

No, siblings and children of OUs will have priority.

If a bursary child gets a place, will their siblings also?

This is not guaranteed and will depend on whether there are other more deserving applicants available.

Will clothes/trips be paid for as part of bursaries?

School trips, such as those to Sayers Croft or Cornwall, will be paid for as part of the bursary programme. Optional day trips will not. Uniform will not in general be paid for as part of the scheme.

Is the scheme only relevant to new families?

No, the school currently operates a hardship fund which supports families who have a change of circumstances. Given the limited funds, it operates to help children who are in the latter part of Juniors, to ensure that they do not have to leave as they approach the crucial 11+ stage. This scheme will continue. However, any current Unicorn family who encounters financial difficulties will be able to apply for bursaries and be assessed against the criteria; this is different to the hardship fund

Will every bursary be 100%?

No, there will be a scale, depending on the income and assets of the family that is applying. This will start at 100% and go down to around 10%, although it is worth stressing that the actual award will be at the discretion of the school and the Governors. Any family with an income of more than £50,000 pa is unlikely to receive any bursary funding.

How will the scheme be funded?

We have an established bursary fund and are most grateful to alumni and current parents who have given generously so far.