An outstanding education has the power to transform lives. We all benefit from this. At Caterham our goal is to increase open access to even more children from our local community regardless of their circumstance. We strongly believe that Caterham School should be accessible to all talented pupils, irrespective of parental income, and any prospective pupil is eligible to apply. 

Each year we welcome pupils to our community with places supported by bursaries. If you would like to talk to us about applying for a bursary supported place at Caterham School, we are here to help and advise. Please do get in contact with the Registrar, Mrs Alison Jones: tel: 01883 335058, email: [email protected] and come along to one of our open mornings

Our bursary places are supported through our IE – Inspiring Education campaign. If you would like to join our supporters in enabling a transformative education for even more children please click here to find out why we need your help. 

The granting of a bursary is discretionary. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the pupil, such as family circumstances. The School reserves the right to reassess bursaries annually, as parental circumstances can change.

The amount awarded is based solely upon financial circumstances. However, all Bursarial support is subject to qualifying in the Entrance Examinations and if (as is likely) the demand exceeds the number available, bursaries will be awarded with reference to performance in the Entrance Assessments.

Parents are also required to submit comprehensive documentation in support of their applications by the specified closing date. 

Deferred Entry 13+ candidates

Parents of these candidates may apply for a means-tested bursary when their child starts Year 8 at their preparatory or current school. A bursary application form is required, which is available on request from the Admissions Department.


In addition to bursary support detailed above, some special bursaries are available. Applications for each award listed below require completion of a financial circumstances form, available from the Admissions Department. Awards are subject to the candidate successfully meeting the School’s entrance criteria.  Awards are at the Headmaster’s discretion. 

The Eynon Award

(available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance)

The Eynon Award is a means-tested award available for the children of former pupils of Caterham and Eothen Schools. It is named after George Eynon (OC 1885-1891), a notable benefactor of Caterham School.  The award of a bursary is subject to the child successfully meeting the School’s entrance criteria.  

United Reformed Church (URC) Bursaries

(available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance)

Bursaries are available for the children of URC clergy. These can represent up to 100 per cent of the fees. Awards are also made on the basis of academic attainment, but the size of the award depends on financial need.  

The William Wilberforce Bursary

(available at 16+ entrance)

A Bursary worth up to 100 per cent of School tuition fees (plus transport) awarded to an exceptional day school candidate applying for the Sixth Form. It is named after the famous abolitionist and philanthropist, who was a Governor of the School from the time of its foundation in 1811 until  his death in 1833.

Fee Reductions for Armed Forces Personnel

For serving Regular Forces personnel, a reduction in fees of 10 per cent may be available. Applications should be made to the Bursar. 

Sibling Discount

There is one automatic fee discount available: a 10 per cent sibling discount is available on the fees for a third and any subsequent child attending Caterham and is available for as long as three children remain at the School.


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