Do you offer bursaries and scholarships?

Bursaries are available on a means-tested basis. We do not currently have a scholarship scheme.


The Board of Trustees allocate 6% of the previous year’s net income to two bursary funds. The main Bursary Fund (5%) is available to help fund up to 40% of fees to qualifying current and new families, applied for year-by-year on a means-tested basis.


An application can be submitted for pupils in Classes 1 – 12, as well as Kindergarten pupils not in receipt of ELC funding (e.g. children of P1 age).


Applications are accepted between February and April for the following academic year. (See Session Dates for school term dates).


Families are required to have been offered a place for their child within the school before applying for a bursary.


A summary of bursary criteria can be viewed by visiting Fees and Finance .  Full eligibility criteria for financial assistance and application forms become available to view and download in February.


The Board of Trustees reserve the right to vary the criteria for Bursaries each year.


Additional Reductions in Fees


We offer a Third Child Reduction of 25% on the fees of a third child and any subsequent children providing that all children are attending Edinburgh Steiner School simultaneously.

Our Seedlings Playgroup and Kindergarten are longstanding Partner Providers of Early Learning & Childcare (ELC), delivering the Government’s 600 Hours of funded learning, as a grant of £5.31/hour. In August 2021, this ELC grant, available to all 3 and 4 year olds (and a quarter of all two year olds) will almost double, allowing parents to access up to 30 hours funded (free) in our Playgroup (2 years old) and Kindergartens (3.5 – 6 years old).


In addition, the Early Years fee structure offers the fifth morning free.


We are also registered with the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme, reducing eligible fees* by 20% for pupils under twelve years old.


*Seedlings Playgroup, Kindergarten, After School Clubs