Bursaries for the Royal Hospital School



The following are eligible to apply for Greenwich Hospital Financial Support to attend the Royal Hospital School:

  • Children of serving officers and ratings of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and RFA;
  • Children of retired officers and ratings of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and RFA.

Forms of Support - Greenwich Hospital supports children of eligible Royal Naval seafarers through a limited number of bursaries and discounts.

Information for Parents

Provisional Bursary Application


Annex 11 - Royal Hospital School Bursaries Appeals procedure

Bursaries - are means tested based on gross family income, capital holdings and certain expenditure. They are limited and only available on entry and are not available retrospectively to students already in the School.

Greenwich Hospital requires a minimum of three years qualifying Royal Naval service. Eligibility does not guarantee that a bursary will be awarded. Bursaries are limited in number and usually oversubscribed. Children, who pass the school’s entrance examination and other entry requirements, are considered for a bursary based on:

  • Charitable need;
  • Entrance examination performance;
  • Availability of places in girls and boys boarding spaces within each year group.

Award of Discounts – Gaining a place at the Royal Hospital School does not guarantee that a discount will be awarded. Discounts are awarded to eligible Royal Naval seafarers who are successful in the January entrance examination and at interview taking into consideration the following factors:

  • Availability of discounts;
  • Academic performance;
  • Availability of places in girls and boys boarding houses.

Applications need to be submitted before the closing date in December and not before 5 April in the year preceding entry to the School. Normally all available bursaries and discounts are awarded by January. A Financial Support application form will be sent after an application has been received by the School or can be downloaded from this website. If you have problems downloading the form or if you have questions about applying for a bursary please contact our bursary section on 020 7396 0140/1.

If you wish to make an application for admission to the School please contact the Admissions Officer, Mrs K Evers on 01473 326 136 or email Admissions@royalhospitalschool.org 

Thank you letters quotes from parents:

“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Greenwich Hospital for their generosity in giving my son a bursary. He absolutely loves RHS and I could not be happier with how he has progressed both academically and socially in the last 6 months. He has completely immersed himself into the school, so much so that I hardly hear from him. His enjoyment and enthusiasm for RHS has been proved by the fact that he talked another pupil from his Junior school into going when they were unhappy at home!”

“I have to repeat again how thankful I am for my son place at RHS. He has benefitted hugely from being there and I really don’t know what we would both do without it!  Many thanks.”

“Both children are thriving at the school; my son did well in his GCSEs and my daughter won the form prize in her year. Sporting wise they each hold the school records for cross country, so please convey our thanks and gratitude to the board.”

 “As this is the last statement of need I am going to submit to Greenwich Hospital after 21 years, let me close with an expression of deep gratitude for the support offered to my children with their respective bursaries and for the friendliness and pleasantness in all dealings with the Greenwich offices over the years.”

"After 7 years of much appreciated and totally invaluable support, our son leaves this year. We would like to put on record our gratitude for all Greenwich Hospital has done. Our son attempted entrance to American Universities and thanks to RHS was, as everyone concluded, easily of the standard required both in academic and extra-curricular attainment."