Foundation Bursaries

The Eaton House Foundation was envisioned by a group of parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they became increasingly conscious of the immense value of the education their children were receiving in difficult circumstances. They wanted to ‘build a lasting legacy that celebrated the value of an Eaton House Schools education’ by widening access to talented children in the local communities of Clapham and Belgravia, who couldn’t otherwise access a private education.

Embracing the idea, the schools and parents jointly set up the charitable Foundation to enable bright seven-year-olds with potential to join the schools at Year 3, the start of key stage 2, free of charge. Bursaries are for 100% of school fees. Successful applicants will be those who perform well at their academic assessment day, are deemed to have the potential to thrive at the school and whose family meets the financial criteria associated with the bursary scheme. If you are interested in applying you will find more information in our applicants’ section below.

At present, there are three bursaries available each year, fully funded by the schools for the duration of the child’s Eaton House education. The Foundation is building an endowment fund which we hope will allow us to add more bursaries, with a target approaching six bursaries by 2026. Please consider making a donation through our donors’ page. It could have a potentially transformative effect on children’s educational opportunities and life choices.

“The Eaton House Foundation is a registered charity (charity number 1195196).  It is a charitable incorporated organisation whose principal office is at Eaton House The Manor, 58 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 9RU”.

Please see below the Eaton House Foundation Annual Report, giving a full picture of the trustees’ activity for the period ended August 2022.


7+ Bursaries

Candidates in Year 2 at state primary schools are encouraged to apply for a 7+ Bursary. There are three places available each September for children to join the school in Year 3:

  • One place for a girl to join Eaton House Girls’ School, Clapham. Girls remain at the school until Year 6.
  • One place for a boy to join Eaton House the Manor Pre-Prep, Clapham, who would then move up to the Prep School. Boys remain at the school until the end of Year 8.
  • One place for a boy to join Eaton House, Belgravia. Boys remain at the school until the end of Year 6, with the potential to transfer to Eaton House, Clapham for years 7 and 8.

The bursaries are valid for the whole of the child’s time at school, as long as the family continues to meet the financial criteria associated with the bursary scheme. As a guide, a 100% bursary is most likely to be awarded to a family with a total household income of £42,500 or less, whose only major asset is their home.

A bursary is worth 100% of school fees, which include lunches, stationery and day trips. Residential trips are also included, as is support for uniform and equipment costs.

To be eligible for an award, parents and children must be legally resident in the United Kingdom for the duration of the award and live within 10 miles (as the crow flies) of the School. Awards are made against the following criteria.

The child’s performance at assessment day:

  • Positive reference from their current primary school
  • Positive performance in interview with the Head of the school they are applying to
  • Strong performance in 7+ examinations
    • Maths examination
    • English examination
    • Standardised cognitive ability assessment
  • Attention will be given to the academic assessment results of each applicant, with consideration given to potential as well as actual achievement. The pupil must be deemed by the Head to be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and benefit from participation in the wider life of the school

The family’s financial and other circumstances:

  • Meeting the financial criteria associated with the bursary scheme
  • Other mitigating factors may also be considered, including individual family and individual health circumstances

An award is granted at the sole discretion of the Foundation. The Foundation’s decision is final.


The Foundation’s Grant Award Policy including the terms and conditions associated with a bursary is available here. Application forms are available here.

If you have questions, want to talk through whether a bursary is right for your family, or want to book a tour of the schools before applying, please do e-mail or call Head of Admissions, Sam Feilding at or 020 3917 5050.



A Partnership

Underpinning the Foundation’s establishment is the generous commitment by Eaton House Schools to fully fund three places per year for the duration of a child’s time at Eaton House. This ongoing annual financial commitment from the school will enable the Foundation to offer a free place at Belgravia, The Manor Prep and The Manor Girls’ Schools each year. These will be awarded to candidates whose family circumstances meet the award criteria, and who are successful in the assessment process.

To grow the programme and be able to offer more than one bursary per year per school, the intention is to fundraise to create an enduring endowment centred on a social conscience shared by the parents and the Schools.

In this way, the Foundation will widen access to an Eaton House education and should have a transformative effect on children’s educational opportunities and life choices.

Eaton House Schools commits to underwrite the cost of three bursaries per year, one per school, starting in 2022. After five years, in 2027, the school will be funding a total of up to 14 bursaries at any one time: one child in each year, in each of the three schools.

In the long term, the endowment hopes to support as many bursaries as the school, bringing the total of up to 28 pupils at any one time, as well as covering incidental costs such as uniform and residential trips for bursary pupils.

One-off Donations

If you would like to make a single donation to the Foundation, please do so by sending money to the Foundation’s designated bank account (bank details for which are below). We are incredibly grateful for any and every donation made.

Bank Details:

Charitable Current Account Currency GBP

Name: Eaton House Foundation

Branch Sort Code: 401160

Account Number: 21373994

IBAN: GB68HBUK40116021373994


Regular Monthly Giving

The biggest impact to the Foundation’s endowment comes from regular, small-value, long-term giving. £80, the cost of one club per term would help transform talented children’s educational opportunities. Please consider setting up a termly direct debit using the links below and completing the gift aid form on this page to increase the value of your donation by 25%.

£40 per term

£80 per term

£160 per term

Donor Prospectus

Gift Aid Declaration Form

If you are a UK taxpayer please complete this form and e-mail it to so that the Foundation can re-claim 25p for every £1 donated.

Click here to download our Gift Aid Declaration Form

Donor Policies

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