Winchester College has ambitions to fund one in 10 pupils on a full bursary by 2030, says a school spokesperson.
The school has just reviewed its admissions process in a bid to improve opportunities for applicants from less privileged backgrounds.
In a statement, the school said: “Winchester College is proud of its desire to educate the most deserving pupils irrespective of financial background. This is part of a long tradition of philanthropy and a bursary fund the governing body has increased over the last 10 years.”
The school said it had “undertaken a major review of its admissions process to ensure that the practicalities of our admissions process are aligned with these aims”.
Winchester College is proud of its desire to educate the most deserving pupils irrespective of financial background
In 2017/18, 130 students were in receipt of some bursarial support – the equivalent of one in six students at the school. Bursaries range in size with the smallest covering just five percent of fees.
The school charges £39,912 a year for a place at the school and, at present, offers bursaries amounting to £3.3m.
The admissions process now includes new opportunities to visit the school and meet housemasters. The entrance and election examinations are also being reviewed to “ensure that they are accessible to those studying a maintained sector curriculum”.
More information on the school’s bursaries.