Professor Mark Bailey, High Master of St Paul’s School, explains who is eligible to apply for a scholarship or a bursary and how schools are widening the net further.

St Paul's want to ensure that the school is open to all families, regardless of income, and have extended their bursary and scholarship provision this year to include middle-income families who would normally not qualify for support, but are not able to afford the fees.

Professor Mark Bailey

Professor Mark Bailey became High Master of St Paul’s School in September 2011.  He also holds the post of Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and is the President of Cambridge University Rugby Union FC.

Previously Bailey lectured in medieval history at the University of Cambridge (1986-99) and was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2010).  Bailey was Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School (LGS) between 1999 and 2005, and then led the merger of LGS with Leeds Girls High School to create The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) between 2005 and 2010. He has written seven books and published a number of academic articles on the economy and society of medieval England.

His latest book, The decline of serfdom in late medieval England (2014), was described in the English Historical Review as ‘a landmark in the historiography of rural England’. Bailey enjoyed a distinguished sporting career, captaining Suffolk at cricket and playing for London Wasps on the wing for six years, including winning the premiership in 1990. Bailey received international honours for England, capped seven times, and was honoured with Durham University’s Palatinate Award for Sport in 2003.