Financial Assistance

For parents who are concerned about costs of daily travel, school meals, uniform and educational trips, there are some specific charitable funds available. This includes early help such as attending open days from primary school through to trips in support of A level studies.

BWS Foundation

The Foundation provides:

  • Support to, and enhancement of, Bishop Wordsworth’s School for the benefit of all pupils who attend the school.
  • Grants and bursaries for uniform, extracurricular activities and transport for the benefit of those pupils who would otherwise be unable to afford such things.
  • Grants to pupils not currently at the School but who need financial assistance to support their application, for example attending open days and the 11+ examination.

To apply, please complete the Foundation Bursary application form and return it to the Finance Office as per the instructions on the form.

16-19 Bursaries

The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help sixth form pupils overcome specific financial barriers to participation so they can remain in education.  The application form and policy document can be found at the foot of this page.

Old Wordsworthians' Association

The Old Wordsworthians’ Association (founded 1913) is an association for former pupils and staff of Bishop Wordsworth’s School. In addition to providing a means of communication among its members, the Association provides financial help to the school, its pupils and the Association's young members.

Any pupils who, for financial reasons, are unable to, or have difficulty in taking part in school activities may apply to the Association for financial support. Please complete Application Form - Old Wordsworthians' Association and return it as requested on the form. For more details, please contact '', or by post to 'Old Wordsworthians' Association' at the School address.

Free School Meals

Free School Meals are available to pupils whose parents are receiving certain state benefits. To apply, please complete the Free School Meals application form and return with proof of Universal Credit or any other eligible state benefit to

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is not paid to the pupil or the family but to the School to be allocated where deemed appropriate. Details are available in the Pupil Premium Statement on the School web-site: Annual Reports and Financial Statements.


Application Form - Grant from School Fund
Application Form - Foundation Bursary
Application Form - Old Wordsworthians' Association
Free School Meals Application Form (Oct 2022)
16-19 Bursary Policy