Help With Fees
Potential Sources of Financial Support
Please note that this information is passed on in good faith but without any responsibility on the part of Frewen College as to its accuracy or relevance in any specific case. Please do advise us of any inaccuracies, or any additional bodies you come across that are able to help. Please note that quite a high proportion of the charitable trusts that offer support confine this to situations where family or financial circumstances have deteriorated, putting pre-existing school placements in jeopardy, particularly in the GCSE years. Many of the grants are modest in size.
The school offers a limited number of means tested bursaries which can cover up to a maximum of approximately half the fees. Further details can be obtained from the Business Manager. A down-loadable copy of our Financial Assessment form is available below. There is currently no waiting list. We also offer financial assistance with individual music lessons in cases of hardship.
The Admiral Frewen Centennial Bursary Fund
This new bursary fund has been established to mark the centennial of our founder, Admiral Sir John Frewen KCB. It will provide two bursaries each year to day pupils joining our Prep School in each of Years 3 and 4. In order to reflect the Admiral's specific interest in helping dyslexics, the bursaries will only be awarded to children whose principal SEN is dyslexia or dyspraxia. Like all our bursaries they will be means tested, and once awarded they will remain in place until the pupils leave the Prep School.
Armed Services and FCO staff can usually obtain virtually full funding of boarding fees where appropriate. Some other large employers have charitable funds which may be able to assist. Armed Services staff should first approach the information office or 'hive' on their base.
Educational Trusts Forum
This body provides a central database of charities prepared to consider grants and awards to individual families, albeit often in very closely defined circumstances. It is a service provided by the Independent Schools Council, of which Frewen is a member. Contact details are:
Educational Grants Service,
ISC c/o Joint Educational Trust,
6-8 Fenchurch Buildings,
London EC3M 5HT
Phone 05601 503 524 Website: www.educational-grants.org
Royal National Children's Foundation
The RNCF was created by the merger of the Joint Educational Trust and the Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation. It has a wide brief but particularly aims to help children whose family circumstances are especially challenging. They have helped a number of our pupils in the past. Contact details are:
Mrs Chris Hughes,
Surrey KT11 2ES
Fashion & Textile Children's Trust
Anyone who works or used to work in the fashion and textile industry in its broadest sense may be eligible for a bursary to assist with their child's fees. This is not contingent on the school having agreed a bursary. The FTCT responds very quickly and is best approached via its website: www.ftct.org.uk. We have attached below a pdf file showing the wide range of potentially eligible employment.
City Livery Companies
Most of the 108 City Livery Companies have charitable funds, many of them educational, and details can be found on their individual websites or through www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Many restrict support to families of people employed within their trade or profession.
The Royal Masonic Trust will sometimes help with funding for the children or grandchildren of freemasons. We believe they restrict this to one relative per member. Contact should be via the family member of the masons, to:
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys,
60 Great Queen Street,
London WC2B 5AZ Website: www.rmtgb.org
A number of religious charitable trusts will help children of members of their specific religious groups but invariably require evidence of your membership. Approaches are accordingly best made through your local religious leader.
A number of charitable trusts confine their support within very specific geographical boundaries. These grants tend to be of limited size, but in relative terms, are easier to obtain if you qualify. Some of the qualifying locations within the catchment area of the school are:
Kent: Ashford, Canterbury, Hawkhurst, Hythe, New Romney
East Sussex: Hastings, Mayfield, East Sussex.
The school holds a copy of The Educational Grants Directory which parents are welcome to peruse at the school. Please contact the Business Manager if you would like to have access to the Directory.