Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarship and bursary funds are allocated following the entrance and scholarship assessments held in the Christmas Term. Occasionally, the College is able to consider an application outside of these dates.


At St Joseph’s our scholarships are designed to reward excellence and to celebrate exceptional talent and potential.

We aim to support our students as they journey through their education, taking on every new and exciting opportunity offered to them and enhancing their natural talents.

The College is pleased to offer scholarships subject to the relevant assessment, for the following areas when applying for Year 7, 9 and Lower Sixth/Year 12.

  • Academic
  • All-round (Academic plus one of the areas below) 
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama 
  • Music
  • Sport 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) 
Academic All-round (Academic plus one of the following areas)
Art Dance
Drama Music
Sport STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

At Year 5, scholarships are available for  Creative Art, Drama, Music or Sport. 

Parents must first apply for their child to have a place at St Joseph’s College before an application for a scholarship and or/bursary may be made. Following the initial application, the Scholarship Application Booklet will be forwarded.


Here at the College, our bursaries are means-tested and can provide financial support for the payment of school fees.

Bursaries can be applied for once a student is registered with the College. We are committed to broadening access to families who could not normally afford to access an Independent School education and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

For details of assessment criteria for Bursaries, please consult the College’s Bursary Policy


Here you will find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about St Joseph’s College scholarships & bursaries. Feel free to browse through the questions to learn more.

I may need help with the fees. Is help available?

Our Admissions team are skilled at answering these enquiries. An open conversation is always welcome and as relevant, means-tested bursaries can be applied for.

If I have a student Visa, can I access healthcare services in the UK?

As part of your study Visa application, you will be requested to pay the NHS surcharge for the duration of your stay in the UK. You will then be covered by the NHS service, which includes visiting a doctor’s surgery (also known as a General Practitioner or GP), healthcare centres and hospitals. You may need to pay for dental treatments and for medicines prescribed by a doctor.

What makes you different from my local primary school?

St Jo’s Prep offers several unique features that distinguish it from many local primary schools. These include small class sizes, specialist teaching staff for Music, Drama, Sport, Engineering and Science, a broad curriculum, and outstanding pastoral support. These elements provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment that prepares girls and boys for success in their academic and personal lives.

My child needs transport. Are there spaces?

St Joseph’s transport is available once the child is old enough to operate their own seat belt. Students are welcome to travel on one of our St Jo’s minibuses for which additional fees will apply, apart from if your child is using our complimentary bus shuttle service to and from the train station.

How do I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) after I arrive in the UK?

Your BRP card can be posted directly to St Joseph’s College, by entering our school’s unique ACL code for study visa applications: 2FE432. You can also choose the option to pick it up at a local post office, and our Boarding staff will be on hand to help you collect it once delivered.

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