University College School is a leading London day school that combines the highest standards of academic achievement and pastoral care with outstanding facilities for all-round education with a distinctive liberal ethos. From its beginning, the School has had at its core a commitment to access: since its foundation in 1830, with a pledge that religion should be no bar to entry. In the 21st century, we add a further commitment – that the education we provide will not be restricted solely to those who can afford it.
Funds are available for families new to the School to assist with payment of fees and to provide assistance with those co-curricular activities that have a direct bearing on a pupil's education. Assistance is available to pupils entering the Senior School. Occasionally, in the event of severe hardship caused by unforeseeable changes in family circumstance, fee assistance may be available for pupils who are already in the School.
Parents who wish to be considered for fee assistance should indicate this on the registration form. The second stage of the application process requires detailed information about the family's financial circumstances. We will send you a Financial Disclosure Form to return to us. It will be treated in complete confidence.
UCS use a set of income bands to determine Net Relevant Income which is defined as gross annual income from all sources of both parents less reasonable housing costs (e.g. annual rent or mortgage). A small allowance is also made for siblings in calculating Net Relevant Income. There is an overriding assumption that capital assets (including significant equity in the family home) be realised to meet school fees before fee assistance is offered.
UCS reviews the level of fee assistance annually to direct funds towards the areas of greatest need. The broad criteria employed in the initial award of fee assistance will apply for the purposes of review. Changes in family circumstances will often result in a change to the amount of assistance that can be provided.
If you experience any difficulties paying the fees, please raise the matter with the Finance Bursar. A limited amount of fee assistance may be available for families experiencing genuine and unpredictable hardship.
Additional support is available for co-curricular activities that benefit a pupil's education. Fee Assistance is unlikely to be offered for purely social activities, but, it can enable pupils to take advantage of opportunities such as music tours and fieldwork. For example, a pupil in receipt of 50% fee remission would contribute half of the cost of any such trip and UCS would cover the remaining expenses. If you wish to apply for fee assistance for an academic trip, please discuss the matter with the Headmaster.
Fee assistance is only offered to candidates who have satisfied our entrance requirements - both in academic examination and at interview. We cannot guarantee to meet every request for fee assistance that is made. Where necessary, the allocation of fee assistance funding will take into account all aspects of a candidate's application to UCS.
Bursaries and Music Scholarships Brochure
UCS has a proud musical tradition. We believe that music, of all kinds, makes a unique contribution to the life of the school and to the educational experience of our students - whether they consider themselves specialist musicians or not. The ensemble programme is extensive and diverse, including a Symphony Orchestra, a fifty-piece Concert Band, a Chamber Orchestra, four choirs, Wind, String and Brass ensembles and three Jazz groups.
Chamber music is especially strong, with our groups achieving notable success in national competitions, whilst we have recently inaugurated a Rock School to include Popular Music. Every two years a full scale musical is put on in conjunction with the Drama Department.
A Music Scholarship at UCS will entitle the holder to a reduction in the annual school fees of between 10% and 25%. In exceptional cases an award of up to 50% of fees may be made. The precise value will depend upon the standard of applicants and, therefore, the competition in any one year. Music scholars are also entitled to free instrumental tuition at school on an instrument (including voice) at the discretion of the Director of Music.