Ed's mum wrote:
But how low is low? I have tried to find this info out from one of the schools we are appling to and they are, perhaps rightly, quite cagey about this!!
You need to press them on this because each school you apply to you are having to pay an entrance fee. They can't expect you to make a decision about whether to apply without knowing whether it is a realistic financial choice for you. They should have a chart that shows you how much you would need to contribute if child gets a bursary, although obviously they can't say whether he would get a bursary or not until he has done the exam. There is a big difference between being admitted to the school and being offered money off, except at a very few needs-blind schools, and even they often have a bizarre notion of how much families actually need to live on. The ideal scenario is two parents not working at all and you get it completely free, but if you are more industrious than that it is pretty well bound to impact on your standard of living (in my experience!)