Questor Bursaries

To apply for a Questor Bursary

To improve your chances of making a successful application please read the guidelines below before applying for a bursary. 

Click HERE for link to Bursary Application Form and HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.

Why our Questor bursaries exist.

The Trust offers bursaries to children and young people from low or lower-income families who have the potential for high attainment (possibly though not necessarily academically) but who are not achieving at the level they could reach and cannot afford to take part in activities that:

  • enable them to learn new things and to try new challenges
  • enable them to explore existing interests or mastery of skills in greater depth
  • encourage them to make new friends and have new experiences

What is High Learning Potential?

Different people may know this by different names such as ‘gifted and talented’. However, we define children and young people who have High Learning Potential as those who have one or more of the following attributes:

  • exceptional abilities
  • the ability to attain highly (though not necessarily academically) but who, for whatever reason are not attaining at the level they could reach
  • dual or multiple exceptionalities (the potential for high attainment together with a special educational need or disability)

However, we also recognise that many children or young people (or their parents or teachers) do not know if they have High Learning Potential, so looking at characteristics such as those listed below can help:

  • Learns rapidly
  • Extensive vocabulary
  • Excellent memory
  • Reasons well
  • Strong curiosity
  • Compassion for others
  • Vivid imagination
  • Long attention span
  • Concern with justice and fairness
  • Emotionally sensitive
  • High energy level
  • Perfectionist
  • Questions authority
  • Perseverance in interests
  • Wide range of interests
  • Good at puzzles
  • Ability with numbers
  • Judgement mature at times
  • A pronounced sense of the ridiculous
  • A quirky or grown-up sense of humour
  • Intense
  • Morally sensitive
  • Prefers company of older children and/or adults
  • Keen observer
  • Early or avid reader
  • Highly creative

If your child displays a significant number of these characteristics, they may very well have High Learning Potential and we believe that they would benefit from an activity which enables them to explore, challenge and make new friends.

Our funding restrictions

  • Families asking for bursaries must be UK resident.
  • Bursaries should be for events organised by a UK-based provider.
  • Bursaries are not offered retrospectively for events already paid for.
  • Bursaries are not offered for help with school fees.
  • Bursaries are not offered for ongoing private tuition fees for activities (eg piano lessons), but funding for a short-term ‘taster session’ may be considered.
  • The maximum amount awarded is normally £250 – any significant exceptions will need to be approved by at least two Trustees.
  • Funding is not normally offered for more than 80% of the cost of the event(s) which a Questor bursary is applied for.

How do we apply for a Questor bursary?

BEFORE completing and sending an application form:  If possible please phone the Trust (01844 351666) so we can discuss the possibility and amount of a bursary.

If you send us an email about a bursary application:  Please put child’s name and surname in the subject box of any emails you send as we file bursary emails by name of child.

If you have any concerns about the event(s) organaniser’s safeguarding and child protection poliicy:  Please check the NSPCC’s recommendations for what a good safeguarding policy should include when considering activities for your child.   Click here for further details: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection

When will we know whether we have been awarded a Questor bursary? 

For most families an application starts with a phone call to the Trust to talk through the application process and this will give a good indication of whether a bursary will be approved.  Once the value of a bursary been agreed you will be sent an email to confirm this, with a copy sent to the event provider so they know how much you will need to pay when you contact them to make your booking (they will invoice the Trust for the bursary amount).

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