The Governors have confirmed that the fees for the 2013-2014 academic year will be £3,327 per term.
Fees include all charges for tuition, examination entries and textbooks.
Fees are payable only by direct debit, either termly or three times per term. If you experience difficulty in paying the fees or expect to experience difficulty, you should contact Mr Chris Watson, the bursar, on 0161 419 2401 as soon as possible.
There are a number of companies who may be able to offer specialist financial advice to parents as to the best way to plan the costs of long term fee payment.
Stockport Grammar School does not give financial or investment advice, but you may wish to take advice from your own financial advisor or one of the companies who specialise in this type of service.
The school is able to offer limited fee assistance to those parents whose income is such that they would not otherwise be able to pay full fees. The school has insufficient resources to satisfy the demand for assistance each year and awards will therefore be based on the child’s performance in the entrance examination and the degree of assistance required. The latter will be based on an annual declaration of income and assets.
The school bursary scheme will provide assistance to parents who satisfy the above criteria. Assistance towards the cost of school uniform, school meals and travel costs (for children who live more than three miles from the school) will be available for those parents who satisfy the particular eligibility requirements for such additional assistance.
Parents whose income to 5th April 2014 exceeds £56,501 will not qualify for assistance. Those parents whose income is less than £23,000 may be offered full remission of fees. Between these two figures there are a range of means tested awards that will require some proportion of parental contribution.
If you wish to be considered for a bursary please tick the appropriate box on the application form. All parents who have ticked that box will be sent a provisional declaration of income form immediately after the closing date for the submission of applications for entrance. That form will require a declaration of your income for the year ended 5th April 2013 and an estimate of your income for the fiscal year 2013-2014. It will also ask for details of savings and other assets as at 31st December 2013. It must be returned, fully completed, by 31st January 2014.
As part of the application process, members of the school’s senior management team make a selection of home visits to check and discuss the details of applications. If you are selected the bursar’s secretary will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment.
If your child is successful in the entrance examination he/she will be offered a place, by letter, on 4th March 2014. That offer will inform you of the provisional level of bursary award (if you qualify on financial grounds) in terms of your contribution towards fees. You should then follow the instructions relating to your acceptance of that place.
In May 2014 you will be asked to complete a final declaration of income form. On this you will be asked to enter details of your actual income to 5th April 2014 and confirmation of your capital assets at 31st December 2013. With this declaration you will be asked to provide documentation to corroborate your income for the previous fiscal year. We will confirm the amount of your own contribution towards fees (if any), in writing, during the course of the school summer holiday.
The bursary will continue for every year in which your child remains at the school. We may ask you to pay a greater proportion of the fees if your income should rise, but there is no obligation on the school’s part to increase the percentage should your income fall; in the latter situation each particular case will be judged on its merits. Each summer therefore you will be asked to complete a new declaration of income form and to provide details of your income for the previous fiscal year.
You will be provided with explanatory notes in order to help you to complete both the provisional and final declaration forms. Alternatively you may telephone Mrs Barbara Kershaw, the assistant bursar, on 0161 419 2401 for help or further information.
The school now offers a small number of scholarships each year based on outstanding academic performance in the 11+ entrance procedure. Introduced to commemorate the 525th anniversary of the school’s foundation by Sir Edmond Shaa, Mayor of London and Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, the scheme commences this year and applies to entrants to the Senior School First Year from September 2013 onwards.
Each scholarship gives a reduction of £525 on each full year’s fees and is held for the pupils’ first five years in the Senior School. The award will be subject to an annual review of progress. There is no separate application process for the scholarships, which are not subject to a means-test. If an offer of a Shaa Scholarship is to be made, it will be included in the letter sent to parents in February giving the outcome of the 11+ entrance procedure.
Two music scholarships are available each academic year to cover up to 25% of the school fees.
These are awarded following audition to prospective pupils who have already reached a high standard on one or more instrument and who show outstanding musical potential.
Please see the application form for admission for music scholarship application procedure.