Scholarships

All Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than September 30th in the year preceding entry to the School.

What is the difference between a Scholarship and a Bursary?

We award scholarships on merit, irrespective of means. Scholarships signify excellent performance and outstanding potential. We currently offer academic, all-rounder, Art, DT, Drama, Music, and Sport scholarships.

Bursaries help broaden access to the School by offering eligible parents/guardians financial support with the fees. Bursaries are available at any point of entry up to 100% of the fee. All bursaries are means-tested. (Please see bursary policy for more information).

All scholarships can be supplemented by means-tested bursaries should there be a proven need.

Academic and Practical Scholarships

All candidates are automatically entered for Academic Scholarships.

Academic

Scholarships and Bursaries. There are no separate scholarship papers in the entrance examinations. We make awards to boys who perform exceptionally well in these examinations and at a separate interview. Non-specific All-Rounder Scholarships are also awarded on the basis of expected strong contribution to the extra-currcular life of the School. We take into account information received from the boy's current school
 
11+ entry: At least 5 major academic scholarships each to the value of at least 10% of the school fee. Up to 5  minor academic scholarships (known as Exhibitions) up to a maximum value of 10% of the school fee. Up to 2 all-rounder scholarships, each to the value of at least 10% of the school fee. Up to 8 practical scholarships for sport, art, design technology & drama (up to 2 in each subject) each to the value of a £200 department programme and associated materials.
 
13+ entry: Up to 5 major academic scholarships each to the value of at least 10% of the school fee. Up to 12 minor academic scholarships (known as Exhibitions) each to the value of up a maximum value 10% of the school fee.  Up to 2 practical scholarships each to the value of at least 10% of the school fee. Up to 8 scholarships for sport, art, design technology & drama (up to 2 in each subject) each to the value of a £200 department programme and associated materials.
 
16+ entry: See the 16+ Scholarship programme details below.  One bursary up to the value of the full school fee is available.

 

Practical Scholarships

The following scholarships need to be applied for once you have registered your son here.

One or two Art Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+, each to the value of a £200 department programme and associated materials. Art Scholars would be expected to have a genuine passion for the subject, be able to work independently and act as role models within the year group. We welcome applicants who work in any media and who display creativity and originality. Art Scholars are expected to continue with the subject at least to GCSE level.

Potential scholars will be invited to attend a morning of Art activities one Saturday morning in the Autumn Term. There will be a range of materials and tasks to complete. Potential scholars will have a tour of the inspiring Art Studios, meeting current Art Scholars to discuss the range of exciting Art extension projects they have participated in during the year.

One or two Drama Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+, each to the value of a £200 department programme and associated materials. Drama Scholars would be expected to have experience of performance in a number of roles and to show a genuine passion for theatre and acting. They would be expected to contribute fully to drama at the school, either by acting or in technical roles. Drama Scholars are expected to continue with the subject at least to GCSE level.

Potential scholars will be invited to perform a three minute monologue for the Head of Drama one Saturday morning in the Autumn Term and to discuss the piece, why they chose it, and their interpretation.

One or two Design Technology Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ & 16+, each to the value of a £200 department programme and associated materials.  Design Technology Scholars would be expected to have a genuine passion for the subject, be able to work independently and act as role models within the year group.  We welcome applicants who have an ongoing interest in any aspect of design, technology or engineering. Potential Scholars will be assessed and interviewed during a morning of activities one Saturday in November of the year prior to entry.  Candidates will be asked to bring evidence of their interest in engineering, which could be images or practical work.

Four Music Scholarships (one of up to 25% of the School fees; one of up to 15% and two of up to 10%) are awarded across 11+, 13+ and 16+. A Scholarship includes free instrumental and/or singing tuition on two instruments (or instrument and voice). Additional awards of free tuition may be made if there are boys of sufficient merit. 

To gain an award a candidate must show exceptional promise either by an outstanding ability in one field or by a reasonably high standard in more than one. As a guide, the minimum standards expected are Grade 5 at 11+, Grade 6 at 13+ and Grade 8 at 16+ if a single instrument is offered (though candidates usually offer at least two instruments). Associated Board distinctions and high merits will often be a sign of strong technique and musicianship. We are particularly interested in boys who play orchestral instruments and will play a full part in the musical life of the school. We look for potential, achievement, and an abiding passion for music which puts it at the heart of a boy’s interests. 

Potential Scholars will be invited to a day of activities and auditions one Saturday in November of the year prior to entry.

Sports Scholarships at 11+,13+ and 16+, are available, worth a £200 department programme and associated materials.

Although not essential, previous successful candidates have shown the potential to perform to a high level in one of our major sports (Rugby Hockey and Cricket). - Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend Scholarship day, where they will 

  • be asked to perform our major sports (Rugby, Hockey, Cricket)
  • be required to perform well in appropriate fitness tests
  • have lunch with members of the Games Department and watch some of our major sport 

Once at the school, Sports Scholars will participate in the sports scholars training programme under the supervision of the Games Department, who will offer specialist advice and provide elite training opportunities. Sports Scholars will be expected to contribute fully to the sporting life of the school in all three terms of the academic year. Sports Scholars will receive additional exclusive sports scholars’ kit on arrival.

Practical Scholarship Application Form

Practical Scholarship Applications for 2021 will close on 30th September 2021.