Bursary Awards and the Admissions Process

We offer a number of bursary awards and a simple application process.

Bursaries are worth up to 110% of the fees. A 110% bursary means that not only is the pupil’s place free but additional funds are provided to cover extras such as IT equipment, academic trips, travel costs and uniform.

The bursary award is determined by a means-testing process which enables the College to assess how much could be contributed by a pupil’s household based on its income and resources. The application process is as follows:

  1. A Special Financial Circumstances form is completed by 1st September of the school year your child is being assessed. Forms are assessed independently to determine the appropriate level for a means-tested bursary award.
  2. A standard application form should be submitted by 1st October (for Lower Sixth entry) or 9th October (for Shell entry) in the academic year your child is being assessed.
  3. You will be informed of the level of bursary awarded (from 5% to 110%).
  4. Your child will take part in the usual entry assessment process and, if successful, a bursary place will be awarded at the College.

For further details, please review our full bursary admissions process.

Bursary Awards

You can apply for general or specific bursary funds.

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  • College bursary awards: These are available to all bursary applicants and make up the majority of our bursary awards. They are funded by the College.
  • Sponsored bursary awards: These are available to all bursary applicants. They are funded by individual donors who, with parental permission, receive periodic updates on the progress of the bursary pupil during their time at Marlborough.

  • The Christopher Martin Jenkins Bursary: this is available to a talented cricketer or golfer joining the College in the Sixth Form in September 2023 and 2025.
  • The Robin Child Art Bursary (sponsored by Simon Mordant): this is available to a talented artist joining the College in the Sixth Form in September 2022 and 2024.

  • The Fred Packard Memorial Bursary: this is available to a boy joining C1 House in the Shell in September 2023 and 2028.
  • The Susie Frearson Memorial Bursary: this is available to a girl joining Summerfield House in the Shell in September 2022 and 2027.
These are available to all bursary applicants as a result of the original generous funding from legacies and donations to the College. Some of these awards have specific criteria attached to them and further information can be obtained from the Admissions Department.


These are available every year to pupils who are part of the Grammar Stream at Swindon Academy and who want to join the College in the Lower Sixth.


The Marlburian Club Charitable Funds provide bursaries for the children of Old Marlburians (former pupils of the College).

Bursary Admissions Process

Means-testing

Bursaries are worth up to 110% of the fees. A 110% bursary means that not only is the pupil’s place free but additional funds are provided to cover extras such as IT equipment, academic trips, travel costs and uniform.

The bursary award is determined by a means-testing process which enables the College to assess how much could be contributed by a pupil’s household based on its income and resources. This is established through the submission of a Special Financial Circumstances form, which is accompanied by copies of documentary evidence to support details of income, expenses and capital.

Bursary Process

Usually bursary applications should be made by 1st September in the school year your child is being assessed. However, later applications may be considered if funds are still available. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

The standard means-testing process is as follows:

  1. Deadline for Special Financial Circumstances form: 1st September in the academic year your child is being assessed (this is normally Year 6 or 7 for Shell entry or Year 11 for Lower Sixth entry).
  2. A firm of independent assessors recommends the appropriate level of financial assistance. The Director of Admissions will inform you of the likely level of financial support you can expect to receive subject to your child being successful in gaining a place at the College.
  3. Deadline for school place applications: 1st October (for Lower Sixth entry in Year 11) or 9th October (for Shell entry in Year 6 or 7) in the academic year your child is being assessed.
  4. Prospective pupils will take part in the normal entry assessment process, including the test and interview. For some bursary awards your child may also need to provide supporting materials (e.g., a portfolio for an art bursary).
  5. The Director of Admissions will determine whether or not an applicant has performed strongly enough in the entry assessments to be awarded a place at the College.
  6. You will be advised whether or not your child is to be offered a place and a bursary in the College by the Director of Admissions.

For further information, please contact the Admissions Office.