Assisted Places

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King Edward VI High School for Girls aims to offer an exceptional education to the brightest girls, regardless of the financial circumstances of their families.

Funding for Assisted Places is provided thanks to a substantial grant from the Governors of the King Edward VI Foundation and generous donations from Old Edwardians. 

Assisted Places are means-tested and the amount of support provided is calculated on the basis of the total family income. An income of less than £28,000 could entitle a girl to a free place and it is then a sliding scale to the income threshold of £80,000.

Scale of Fees

On the application form for Year 7 and Sixth Form entry, tick the box that asks whether you wish to be considered for an Assisted Place. 

Selected girls will be invited to interview. Parents will also be asked to complete an Assisted Place application and submit the relevant evidence.  

Please ensure you read through the assisted places policy to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. 

Although funds are allocated for Assisted Places each year, there are not sufficient funds to provide for all the Year 7 candidates who apply for an Assisted Place. 

If you meet the financial criteria for an Assisted Place and your daughter has done well in the entrance examination but is below the cut-off for funding, she may be considered for a full fee place. Before a full fee offer is made, you will be invited to meet with the Bursar to consider whether full fees will be affordable in the long-term. 

Girls on full Assisted Places may be entitled to free school meals, free travel, a uniform grant and payment for compulsory educational trips, such as GCSE field trips.

Note on the administration of Assisted Places

We understand that some families may have unusual financial circumstances, which means that although their annual income is low, and on paper they are eligible for assistance, they are still able to enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle: expensive holidays, extensive home improvements, extravagant birthday gifts (cars, etc.). Furthermore, they may have buy to let properties, live in large properties (which may be family owned), have employment through a family business or have sophisticated financial planning. 

The underlying ethos of Assisted Places is to support the brightest children in Birmingham to attend this school who could not otherwise afford to come. Should it become obvious that a pupil’s lifestyle is inconsistent with the level of her Assisted Place, the School reserves the right to investigate further and to use other alternative methods to assess affordability of fees. 


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