How to Apply

How to Apply

Welcome to 'How to Apply'

Applications are NOW OPEN for the academic year 2018/2019

This page contains everything you need to know about making an application for a grant for an assisted boarding school place.

The closing date for applications for children to start boarding school in September 2018 is Monday 15th January 2018.

We fully expect all of our available funding to be exhausted on this first round of applications. However, we will still accept applications until Thursday 26th April 2018. These late applications will only be considered in the event of additional funds becoming available.

In order to ensure we can provide ongoing quality support to children and families, we are, for the foreseeable future only able to consider cases where children live within a 60 mile radius of our office here in Purley, Surrey. If you live outside the area please telephone the office on 0208 660 1461 to discuss your case prior to completing any of our forms.

Making the Application

1. Please make sure you read the criteria for a grant award application and consider carefully whether you may be eligible/ your circumstances meet these.
If you are not sure whether your circumstances meet our criteria please give us a call and we will help Tel: 020 8660 1461.

2. Download and complete our Application Form - Part 1, Application Form - Part 2,and Applicant Monitoring Form.

3. Attach the following information:

  • Letters from your GP and your child's current school - sample letters are provided for the school also your doctor explaining the information we need. You can also include any other professional references or reports that you might have that provide evidence of the current home situation and/or indicate that a residential school place is in the best interests of the child.
  • Copy of birth certificate of the child
  • Divorce & Custody orders and/or residence order – where applicable
  • Evidence of your current income e.g. P60 from your employer OR copy of your benefit notification
    [All personal information is treated in the strictest confidence; details of our data protection policy feature on our application form]

4. Email or post your application form and supporting documentation to us:

Reedham Children's Trust
23 Old Lodge Lane,
Purley, Surrey CR8 4DJ

The Assessment Process

5. Your application will be reviewed by our Children's Assessment Officer who will liaise with relevant professionals to gather any further information in support of your case.

6. The Children's Assessment Officer will arrange and undertake a home visit with the main carer and/or a telephone interview.

7. The Children's assessment Officer will make an assessment of the child's suitability for boarding school through a face to face meeting with the child and/or with a professional who knows the child well.

8. A decision will be made on whether to award a grant and this will be communicated to you by phone and email or in writing.