A fee-paying school in Ayr has had its charitable status confirmed by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator after it increased the financial support it provides for students.
A report published by the OSCR today says that the school has made a substantial increase in bursaries and financial support to students, which demonstrates that it "has a clear focus to assist those who are less able to pay", and as such has been deemed to be providing sufficient public benefit to meet the requirements of charity status.
The school asked the OSCR to review its decision on 13 March this year. The report says that in the financial year 2013/14, the school paid out £279,400 in support and bursaries, representing 5.8 per cent of available income. Previously, it had spent only 3.1 per cent of income on support.
The OSCR said it had almost completed its assessment of 40 fee-charging schools that it had decided to scrutinise in September 2012. It said it had completed its activities with regards to 34 of these.
Martin Tyson, head of registration at the OSCR, said: "We will continue to work with the schools that remain under the terms of our directions and will encourage them to take the necessary steps to remain on the fegister."
David Robb, chief executive of the regulator, said in 2012 that the review process was an important part of ensuring that charities were seen to be providing public benefit.