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School Grants

General Information Grants and Bursaries.

Wilson’s Hospital School is a Church of Ireland co-educational Boarding and Day school situated in the heart of rural Ireland.   The School has a long tradition of academic excellence, having been established since 1761.  Wilson’s, having recently celebrated its 250th Anniversary Year, continues to develop.   New ultra-modern classrooms, officially opened in August 2013, further enhance the onward progression of the School.   The School’s Information Technology resources, Technology Department and Design and Communication Graphics Department feature the latest technology and provides students with an excellent foundation for further study or for the work environment.  The School, set in extensive grounds, offers programmes in 20 subjects to Leaving Certificate level and is renowned for its extra-curricular and sports activities, including, hockey, badminton, orienteering, canoeing, rugby, soccer, athletics, swimming and a climbing wall.  A full-size multi-purpose Sports Hall was opened in September 2001, with new all-weather rugby and soccer pitches which were officially opened in April 2013. It has just completed the construction of an astro turf hockey pitch to be officially opened in October 2019. The academic success of students is exemplified by the strong progression to Third Level.

Wilson’s gives an all-round education and continues to maintain and enhance the standards established over many generations.   Fees for the 2022/2023 academic year are:

5 Day Boarding        :                            €9,500 (€4,750 per half year)

5 Day Overseas Boarding      :             €11,000 (€5,500 per half year) 

Boarding pupils may go home at weekends or opt to remain at the school to avail of the extensive programme.    Day Services and Activities provided are detailed in separate documentation enclosed.

Discounts for 2nd and subsequent children are as follows. These are subject to the child not being on a maximum grant.

            Boarders:                   2nd -  €386 p.a.;         3rd and subsequent children -  €624 p.a.


The following schedule sets out grants, bursaries and scholarships and is prepared based on information at 12th January 2019.



Protestant Secondary Education Committee Grants:

The Government grant for schools under Protestant Management is available to eligible pupils attending Wilson’s Hospital School who are children of the Protestant Community.   Entitlement to the grant is a right for those eligible and an application should be made to:

                                    The Administrator, SEC,                

                                    Church of Ireland House

                                    Church Avenue                              

                                    Rathmines, Dublin 6

                                    Tel:  (01) 4912034

The 2018/2019 standard maximum grant for Boarders was €8,000

Bursaries and Scholarships.


The following bursaries and scholarships are only available to pupils attending Wilson’s Hospital School.   Details should be obtained from the Warden or Bursar at the School:

Scholarships (mutually exclusive)

  1. The Bredin Scholarship (Boarding)                                                               €1600

  1. The Gillespie Scholarship (Day Boarding)                                                     €800

  1. The Dean Barrett Meath and Kildare Diocesan Boarding Scholarship             €1600



1.Ronald & Doreen McDonnell Bursary                                   up to                            €650

2.T.E. Potterton Boarding Bursary                                          up to                            €400

3.Founder’s Boarding Grant                                                    up to                            €500

4.Canon Crawford Bursary                                                      up to                            €125

5.Warden’s Special Fund (all pupils)                                        up to                            €400

6. Protestant Day Grant (Day Services)                                   up to                            €750

7. Preston Elementary School Bursary (Meath Diocese) (Boarding)       up to (approx.) €400

                    8. 75% of Preston Queen's County Endowment Day and Boarding (Co. Laois) up to €100 (in years where funds available) (25% of the Endowment is paid to pupils attending schools other than Wilson's Hospital)   

                                 9. Children of Clergy Discount                                                              1/3 of Fees

In addition to the above listed funds, there are further funds and endowments available.   The attached schedule of Granting Bodies may be of further assistance.   Specific Dioceses or Parishes may be able to offer further assistance and details of such funds should be obtained locally.

The Warden or Bursar will be happy to assist with further information in this regard.