Dollar Academy Bursary Scheme
Means-Tested Bursaries for Day Entrants to Form 1
Dollar Academy’s Board of Governors is committed to assisting deserving children by way of a means-tested Bursary Scheme. Although the fund for supporting bursaries is growing, resources are limited and awards will be determined on the basis of greatest financial need.
The Bursary Scheme
The Academy welcomes applications on behalf of prospective pupils who are about to enter Form 1 and cannot afford to pay the fees, either in full or in part. All bursary applications will be means-tested and awards will be based on the financial circumstances of parents. Detailed information about income, assets and outgoings will be required, and although we are unable to publish precise details of how awards are determined, we would advise that these bursaries are aimed at low-income families. Anyone wishing guidance on whether or not to apply should contact the Bursar’s Office.
[Applications from the families of Junior 2 pupils at the Academy may apply on the basis of sudden and unexpected financial difficulties.]
The award of a bursary is subject to satisfactory performance in the January Entrance Test preceding entry to Form 1 and, if demand for bursaries exceeds the available funds, bursaries will be awarded in accordance with ranked performance in the Entrance Test.
Awards may be up to 100% of the tuition fee, but some may be considerably less.
In all cases, the amount awarded is applied by amendment of fee accounts and no payment is made to parents. Subject to continued satisfactory academic performance, and observance of the Academy’s rules and regulations on behaviour and conduct, the award will apply for the duration of a pupil’s registration at the Academy.
Please be aware that awards may be reduced or withdrawn should a family’s financial position improve, and the Bursar reserves the right to request that families provide updated information on their financial position at any time.
Additional payments may be made to assist with other costs, such as local school trips and events. It would not be expected that bursary recipients participate in overseas school trips, as the cost of such trips is high, inconsistent with receiving means-tested financial assistance, and may result in the reduction or withdrawal of bursary support. If in doubt, the Bursar should be consulted in the first instance.
Support with buying uniform and other required items may be made available on a biennial basis.
Charges for daily travel to and from the Academy, and for co-curricular activities, are the responsibility of parents.
How to Apply
The bursary application process begins each year with the Entrance Test held in the January preceding the August intake to Form 1. Prior to this, you must first apply for a place at the school by completing an Application for Enrolment form, which includes a bursary application section. The form may be downloaded from the Academy’s website, or requested from the School Office on 01259 742511. Parents may apply for enrolment subject to the award of a bursary.
All applicants must then sit the January Entrance Test. Please note that this is the only entrance test considered in the bursary award process, and pupils sitting any other entrance test which may be arranged from time to time will not be considered for a bursary.
Dollar Academy’s Junior 2 pupils applying for a Form 1 bursary must also sit the Entrance Test in January, and a request for a bursary should be submitted, in writing, to the Bursar by the day of the test. For Junior 2 pupils, the outcome of the test will be used only in relation to the bursary process, and will not affect progress to Form 1.
Awards are made in a five-stage process following the January Entrance Test:
1. The Rector will write to successful candidates in mid-February confirming the offer of a place at the Academy.
2. The Bursar will then contact those candidates who have been offered a place, and who are eligible to apply for a bursary in accordance with ranked performance in the Entrance Test. At this point they will be asked to complete a means-test form and provide documentary evidence to support the information on the form. The remaining candidates will receive a letter confirming that their application is on hold.
3. On the basis of financial information received, bursary awards will be notified to parents by the Bursar.
4. At this stage, depending on remaining finances, it may be that one or more candidates whose request for bursary support is on hold may be requested to submit a means-test form as in 2 above.
5. To go through the entire award process may take several weeks until all funds have been awarded. At this point, candidates whose applications for a bursary are still on hold will be notified that their application has been unsuccessful.
There is no course of appeal following the bursary award decision. Unsuccessful applications may be the result of either a lack of evidence of financial need, or insufficient availability of funds.
All enquiries should be directed to:
Direct line: 01259 740515
Means-Tested Boarding Bursaries and Scholarships
The Governors have offered limited bursary funding to support boys and girls entering Dollar Academy as boarders who demonstrate excellence academically, or in music or sport. The tuition fee element will normally be required to be paid in full, but the boarding element may attract financial support. Parental income will be assessed, but remission of up to 50% of the boarding element of the fee may be offered to boys and girls who do particularly well in the Entrance Test or who have met high academic standards in their previous schools.
The Governors have recommended that, in addition to academic criteria, high standards of conduct and behaviour be attached to these remissions, and Dollar Academy pupils who have been awarded them will be re-assessed each year, as will their financial circumstances. The intention is, however, to provide significant support to a number of boarders throughout their senior school careers.
Candidates from IAPS Prep Schools are also eligible for bursaries and scholarships, although for day pupil applicants scholarships are honorary and attract no financial remission.
Details concerning the provision of boarding scholarships may be obtained by contacting the Rector directly.
Sibling Fee Remission
Where more than two children of the same family attend the Academy concurrently, tuition fees for the third sibling, and subsequent siblings, are reduced by half.
Fee Remission for Serving Members of HM Forces
The children of forces families, day and boarding, will receive a 20% reduction on the full boarding and/or tuition fee, as appropriate and contact should be made with the Bursar’s Office to expedite the claim. Please note that only one form of remission may apply at any time, so where three or more siblings attend concurrently, Forces remission of 20% will operate for the first two siblings, and sibling remission of 50% on the tuition fee will apply to the third and subsequent children - but not the 20% Forces remission in addition.
Means-Tested Fee Remission Policy - Hardship
From the outset it should be recognised that the Governors have limited resources to support families who experience financial difficulties once their children have started their education at Dollar. Families with pupils about to enter Form 1 may be able to access the Bursary Scheme. In other cases consideration may be given to pupils in Forms 4 and 5 to allow completion of the next phase of public examinations by ensuring continuity of curriculum in that regard. Only in the most exceptional circumstances will pupils in Form 6 be considered. Pupils in the Prep and Junior schools will not be considered, nor, ordinarily, will pupils in Forms 1, 2 and 3. Awards of assistance will be means tested and will be granted only if sufficient funds are available. Any decision made by the Governors will be final and there is no right of appeal. In the case of any award of assistance parents or guardians must inform the Bursar, in writing, of any material change in their financial position without delay. In some cases this may obviously lead to the withdrawal of any award.
Other Sources of Bursary Assistance
There are a number of educational and charitable trusts which provide assistance with tuition fees. In the majority of cases these are to assist children who are already attending a school which charges fees and as a result of a change in financial circumstances may be unable to remain there. Furthermore, such trusts tend to be reluctant to commit funds for more than one or two years and, therefore, will be unlikely to consider pupils in Junior School or at the lower end of the Senior School. Nevertheless, the Academy encourages parents to apply for support where it is felt a good case can be made for assistance. Most trusts will contact the Academy to seek information regarding the pupil’s conduct and general performance. Further information on sources of assistance and how to apply may be obtained by consulting the section entitled Meeting the Cost on the website of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS): www.scis.org.uk