Awards and Means-tested Bursaries

The Royal Hospital School is committed to maintaining broad access for talented pupils who would benefit from an outstanding all-round and full education by rewarding talent through a limited number of awards as well as offering financial support through means-tested bursaries.


All our awards (Scholarships and Exhibitions) reward excellence based on performance at assessment. They normally constitute a modest discount on the full fee either for a set period of time or for the entire duration of a pupils’ time at the Royal Hospital School. The award in some cases may be ‘Honorary’, whereby the recipient gains the accolade of being a scholar or an exhibitioner but with no monetary discount. This is normally the case when a pupil is in receipt of another substantial discount such as the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance or Greenwich Hospital Bursary. The number of these awards are at the discretion of the Headmaster, subject to the School’s budgetary constraints and subject to review.


Means-Tested Bursaries

Candidates in receipt of an Scholarship, Exhibition or Award may be eligible to apply for additional assistance by way of a means-tested Royal Hospital School bursary should the financial circumstances of the family necessitate it. Bursaries may be awarded in the form of discounts on the boarding or day fee, depending on the financial circumstances of the applicants and subject to the School’s budgetary constraints but would not normally constitute more than 50% of the full fee. For more information regarding criteria, please contact the Admissions Office on 01473 326136 or


The Royal Hospital School is part of Greenwich Hospital, a Crown naval charity, one of whose charitable objectives is to provide for the education of the children of seafarers. Children of serving or retired Royal Navy, Royal Marines or WRNS personnel may be eligible for assistance with boarding fees through a limited number of means-tested bursaries or discounts. To be eligible for financial support, the child’s parent needs to be serving or has served for a minimum of three years. Applications must be made directly to Greenwich Hospital between April and December in the year preceding entry. For more information, please contact Greenwich Hospital Bursary Section on 0207 396 0140 or visit

Royal Springboard Bursaries

The Royal Hospital School is an accredited Royal SpringBoard school. Through our work with this nationally acclaimed charity we have been able to provide life-transforming opportunities to disadvantaged and vulnerable children who would benefit from the positive impact of a boarding school environment.

If you believe that your child would merit a bursary and you meet the criteria, you can contact Royal SpringBoard directly to find out whether you are eligible. Your suitability will be assessed by looking at a number of factors:

  • Low family income. If you are eligible for Free School Meals, then this is a good indicator that you could apply
  • Lack of parental care, where no other suitable care is available due to the death of a parent, a severe illness or a disability
  • Where there is a sibling who has a disability that affects the well-being of the rest of the family
  • All candidates must be British citizens or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

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Services Families

The full boarding fees are discounted for those in receipt of MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). The MOD insists that eligible personnel make a minimum contribution of 10% towards the school fees, but they will not fund more than the maximum amount that they set each year as boarding school fees are generally far above this figure. As a result, the Royal Hospital School sets the fees for eligible families so that the minimum parental contribution permissible under MOD CEA rules applies. If the candidate is awarded a Scholarship, Exhibition or Award for outstanding performance, this will confer scholar’s privileges and the relevant accolades but will be represented by a non-monetary Honorary Award.

Sibling Discount

Families with two children in the School at the same time receive a 5% discount on the boarding or day fee for the eldest child. Those with three children in the school are eligible for 10% discount for the eldest and 5% discount on the second eldest and those with four children will receive 25% discount on the eldest, 10% on the second eldest and 5% on the third eldest, when all are at school at the same time. The sibling discount does not apply to fees discounted by a means-tested bursary, Continuity of Education Allowance and certain other discounts.

Register Your Child For A Place At RHS

We hope that after you have learnt a little more about life at the Royal Hospital School and that you will choose to register your child for a place. This will also enable us to keep you informed of key stages of the admission process.


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