Tailor-made to confuse: can bursaries and scholarships really bring independent schooling within reach?

With rising school fees, scholarships and bursaries provide a lifeline for many parents. But with each school having its own requirements the choices can be confusing. Our experts will unravel the options.


Susan Hamlyn

Susan Hamlyn is the Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants (GSGEC). The GSGAS has 32 expert and experienced advisors and is a unique consultancy service for parents on all matters to do with education and parenting. Susan was editor of The Good Schools Guide for many years, has visited over 200 schools and has advised and guided many hundreds of parents. She is an English teacher, formerly head of dept in a London girls' independent school. She has written six 11+ books for parents to use with their children.  

Mark Bailey

Professor Mark Bailey became High Master of St Paul’s School in September 2011. He also holds the post of Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and is the President of Cambridge University Rugby Union FC.

Previously Bailey lectured in medieval history at the University of Cambridge (1986-99) and was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2010). Bailey was Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School (LGS) between 1999 and 2005, and then led the merger of LGS with Leeds Girls High School to create The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) between 2005 and 2010. He has written seven books and published a number of academic articles on the economy and society of medieval England. His latest book, The decline of serfdom in late medieval England (2014), was described in the English Historical Review as ‘a landmark in the historiography of rural England’.

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