The School’s Admissions Policy makes provision for the disclosure of disability and special needs and the commitment of the school to deal appropriately and supportively in the admissions assessment process. The school therefore fulfils an anticipatory duty as defined by the Act. A failure of a parent to divulge SEN/disability at this time constitutes a justification
under the act for discrimination. Where a parent requests confidentiality regarding
SEN/disability this request would limit what the school could provide in making reasonable adjustments. Under these circumstances the school has the right to decide the balance of confidentiality and possible reasonable adjustments for inclusion. No child should be discriminated against on entry into the School, because of their individual needs. However, Bancroft’s is an academically selective school and reserves the right to continue this process. Provision for this is made in the code section 5:23 where independent schools may select on grounds of both ‘ability and aptitude’. All pupils must therefore satisfy the academic criteria.
Bancroft’s offers a range of Scholarships and Assisted Places (Bursaries). At 7+ we offer up to two Assisted Places. Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships and Assisted Places are also available for children joining us at 11+ and 16+. In addition, from September 2021 we will offer Sport, Drama and Art Scholarships. These will be awarded internally to pupils already studying at Bancroft’s. We do not offer fee remission for pupils who are awarded Scholarships; fee remission is only applicable to Assisted Places.
From 2021, we will be looking to increase the number of Assisted Places (Means Tested Awards) that we offer. Currently 5% of our pupils have Assisted Places and we would very much like to increase this figure so enabling more talented children to enjoy a Bancroft’s education regardless of their families’ finances. Candidates who are offered a Scholarship or Assisted Place must also fulfill the minimum entry requirements. Candidates who only apply for an Assisted Place will not be considered for a fee-paying place, even if their performance was good enough to have earned them a place in the School.
We aim to provide a transformative experience for every child. Central to everything we do is the wellbeing of each pupil and our education here is grounded on our core values: curiosity, integrity, kindness, courage, balance and excellence. By encouraging our pupils to develop these qualities and to take advantage of the full range of opportunities we offer, we hope to enable them to become the best possible versions of themselves.
I very much hope you will come and meet us and find out more about our school.
Simon Marshall, MA, MA, MPhil Head of Bancroft’s