Belhaven Hill School was founded as an educational charity.  The Board of Governors takes this responsibility seriously and has set out to make a Belhaven education accessible to all, regardless of a family’s financial circumstances.  Assistance can be provided through ‘bursaries’ to help with fees in proportion to need, in the form of a discount of up to 100% on fees.

Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Governors based on a means-test, which includes a review of a family’s circumstances, income and capital resources.  The School employs independent financial assessors to calculate the level of award needed.  Their report to the Board of Governors is anonymised to preserve the confidentiality of all applications.  Bursaries are means-tested each year and the level of awards may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.  

Recognising that no two families are the same, Belhaven welcomes applications in all circumstances, whether from new applicants to the school, where parents are unable to fund the fees in full or in part, or from existing pupils where a change in parents’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting school fees, or where finances might prevent a child from boarding at Belhaven.  The Board of Governors has determined that, allowing for the School’s budgetary constraints, no child should be forced to miss out on a Belhaven education, as a day pupil or boarder, because their family cannot afford the fees.

If you would like additional advice or guidance on the process of applying for a bursary, please do not hesitate to contact the Headmaster.

To Apply for a Bursary

Please visit the school at the earliest opportunity to decide if it would suit your child.  If you are interested in seeking a place for your child after your visit, please return the Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances in support of an application for a Bursary as soon as possible.  Download the Bursary Form as a pdf file here or a Word document here and send your completed form to:

Belhaven Hill School,
c/o Chiene and Tait,
61 Dublin Street,
Edinburgh EH3 6NL

If there are particular family circumstances that are pertinent to your application, please ensure that you outline them in your Confidential Statement or a covering letter enclosed with it.  As with financial details, all personal information will be treated as completely confidential and only disclosed to the Board of Governors in anonymised form.

Applications for the forthcoming academic year must be received prior to 1st February.  All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed of the Board of Governors’ decision as soon as possible before the end of the Spring term.  Applicants who feel that the bursary awarded to their child is insufficient for their needs, or whose circumstances have changed dramatically since their application, are invited to appeal to the Chairman of Governors directly, by writing to them c/o Belhaven as soon as they are notified of their award, and in any event, no later than 1st May.

Download the Bursary Form as a pdf file here or a Word document here.


Grant-Making Trusts

In addition to the School’s own means-tested Bursaries, there are also grant-making trusts set up to help parents meet the cost of school fees at independent schools. SCIS has compiled a list of such trusts, available to download on their website, which gives eligibility criteria and contact details. 

SCIS has also produced a leaflet on making such an application called, ‘Meeting the Cost of School Fees’, which is available to download on their website, and contains advice on constructing applications to best effect. For further advice and guidance, please call SCIS on +44 (0)131 556 2316.

The Eagle Fund

The Board of Governors recognises that the cost of a Belhaven education is not limited to school fees.  To help families meet additional costs, the Eagle Fund has been established.  A pupil who is in receipt of a bursary may apply for assistance in meeting the cost of any extra expense so that they do not miss out on any opportunities enjoyed by their peers.  Such expenses could include (but are not limited to) the following; the cost of uniform, the cost of travel to and from school, extra-curricular activities, school trips, music lessons etc.

An application for assistance from the Eagle Fund should be made directly to the Headmaster, who has absolute discretion, to the extent that the annual Fund allows, as to any offers of help and the amount to be given in each case.