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Bursaries – Free and Subsidised Places

We warmly welcome applications from parents and guardians with academically strong boys who need full or partial financial support to send their son to Dulwich College. 

Bursaries provide financial assistance with school fees. Whilst the majority of bursaries are offered on entry to Year 7 (11+), we also award bursaries to boys joining in Years 3 (7+), 4 (8+), 5 (9+), 9 (13+) and 12 (16+). 

We also offer a range of scholarships. Please refer to our scholarships pages for more information about how we acknowledge academic, sporting and cultural excellence.

Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we are able to give over £4.8 million every year to support 214 bursary awards

High academic ability

All boys who are offered a place at Dulwich College are in the top 15% of the academic ability for their age group across the UK. Your son’s current school should be able to advise you about whether your son falls within this range of high academic ability. 

For boys applying to join Years' 3-7, a guide is that they should be working at Greater Depth in English and Mathematics at primary school.  For boys applying to the Senior School, specimen papers are available on the College website.

125 pupils receive a free place at Dulwich College

Is Dulwich College the right school for my son?

Students look where teacher points

We are a diverse and welcoming community in many different ways, including language, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religious beliefs, and LGBTQ+. We ensure that every pupil is fully integrated into College life and pastorally supported. We greatly value the ongoing relationship with parents and carers at every stage during a boy’s time with us.

Testimonial 1

“I knew it was right for him when we visited the school. Something just felt right, like he belonged there.” Parent

Testimonial 2

“He’s so happy here. It’s so friendly and the boys are just fantastic.” Parent

Are we eligible for a free or subsidised place?

The criteria listed below provide a guide of the circumstances in which a household might be eligible for a bursary award:

  • A combined gross income of less than £100,000
  • Both parents are working (or actively seeking employment)
  • Ownership of only one residential property with a mortgage or living in rented accommodation
  • Savings and/or discretionary spending of less than £10,000
  • No frequent and/or expensive holidays, new or luxury cars or investment in significant home improvements

For information about how applications for financial support are assessed, please see our FAQ section below.

Alumni who held bursary awards at Dulwich

Selvin, Luke, Ennan and CJ talk about what a bursary award meant for them


I have more questions – who should I contact for a confidential conversation?

Please contact the Admissions Team who will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have. 

Mrs Emma Millett
Mrs Emma Millett
DUCKS Registrar
For entry to DUCKS (from 18 months)
020 8693 1538

Mrs Alison Williams

Mrs Alison Williams
The Registrar
For entry at 11+ (Year 7) and 13+ (Year 9)
020 8299 9263


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