With regards to Colfes, we were equally as dumbfounded by their bursary procedure which is extremely different from the other schools. Our understanding, which might be interpreted incorrectly (which i doubt as we had a long conversation with the headmaster about the big "B" word extensively), was that all parents who requested a bursary assisted place would only receive a bursary pack if their DS was in the top 40 of all the children who sat the entrance exams.
So to clarify a parent would have (i) needed to highlight that they wanted to be considered for a bursary, (ii) their child would needed to have been within the top 40 of all the children who sat the exam and (iii) Colfes bursary funds would need to be in a position to help those who applied.
- This to me seems abit unfair as from a very rational and social viewpoint, low income families would not be in a position to afford the extra tuition for their DC's compared to those comfortable enough to do so. - But then again that is how the system works!!!
Overall, not great and no way near Alleyns or St Dunstans who ask you to complete an FDA before a set deadline.
Please feel free to add more thoughts.