Making independent education accessible


Bursary Assessment Associates was set up to ensure young people can access great educational opportunities regardless of their background or financial circumstances.

With 30 years’ experience in executive finance and procurement roles in multinational corporations and independent schools behind her, in 2017 our Managing Director, Jo Beer, decided it was time for a fresh approach to bursary applications and management.

Today, our growing team makes access to independent education a reality for families across the UK.


Bursary application support for schools and parents


Our dedicated, down-to-earth associates support independent schools that don’t have the resources and/or capacity to carry out a thorough review of student bursary applications. We’re here to make sure the bursary awards process is human, fair and balanced, being mindful of school bursary objectives and the need to allocate budget appropriately. Our online bursary application system makes the process accessible and achievable from start to finish.

Whether you’re a school or a parent, it’s easy to work with us. We’ve worked in schools and we understand the demands on bursars, finance and admissions directors. Working with us gives you the comfort that your school is properly represented and every detail is taken care of – respecting data confidentiality at all times.

Parents trust us because we’re friendly, approachable and explain things in simple terms, sifting quickly through the facts to get to the detail.

Our Values



Our associates bring a neutral perspective. We assess the facts and build an evidence base to support each case. Our recommendations are realistic, fair and balanced. We work independently from the school whilst aligning with individual school policies.




We research, collate and compile detailed supporting documentation to back up each application and our recommendations. A structured investigation and validation process ensures applications are genuine and evidence-based with no hidden surprises.




We keep our promises and will always be honest and open. You can rely on us. We show up to appointments when we say we will and submit reports on time, every time. Integrity and quality run through every aspect of our work.



A bursary can change a life forever

Bursary Assessment Associates

Company Number 11078885

ICO Reference Number A8422092

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