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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Sixth Form subject-specific bursaries

We are delighted to invite applications for fully funded bursaries for Sixth Form. The four subject-specific bursaries, described below, are available for candidates currently in a state funded school applying to join St Helen's Sixth Form in September 2020. These bursaries cover 100% of school fees as well as additional costs such as school bus transport and any Sixth Form/subject-related enrichment activities. In addition to the standard bursary application process, applicants will be required to undertake an aptitude assessment in the relevant subject. Students may apply for one subject-specific bursary only (in their lead subject if more than one is being studied). It is required the student commit to the full two years of study in the relevant subject; if the subject is dropped at any stage the bursary would be revoked. All bursaries are means tested. 

Initial application process

Once registered with the School, applicants will be requested to complete a fees form on which they will need to indicate whether they wish to apply for a Sixth Form subject-specific bursary. They will also be required to complete a bursary application form and submit this together with supporting documentation to the Deputy Bursar, Mrs Deborah Shenton. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 18 October 2019. We are unable to consider applications after this date. Applicants will be contacted to confirm whether their application has been progressed and, if successful, that they will sit the aptitude assessment required. This assessment will take place as part of the Sixth Form interviews during the week commencing Monday 5 November 2019.


 

Gabrielle Kingaby Bursary for Computer Science

The Gabrielle Kingaby bursary is named in honour of an alumna of St Helen and St Katharine. Born in 1924, Gabrielle attended both St Katharine’s School in Wantage and St Helen’s in Abingdon during the time both schools merged in 1938. In 1943 she took up the position of ‘Bombe Operator’ with the Women's Royal Navy Service - the 'Wrens' - at Bletchley Park providing vital decoding work to support intelligence activity during World War II. She is delighted that this bursary is named in recognition of pioneering female computer scientists.

Applications are invited from students who:

  • will study Computer Science at A-level
  • is predicted to achieve an 8 or 9 at I/GCSE in relevant subject (Mathematics)
  • currently attends a state-funded school
  • qualifies for a 100% means tested bursary
  • achieves the required standard for entry to St Helen's Sixth Form

The bursary will be awarded on the basis of both aptitude and means testing.

David Ireland Bursary for Mathematics and/or Physics

The David Ireland bursary is named for a longstanding teacher of mathematics who taught at St Helen and St Katharine for 42 years, seeing in four Headmistresses. On retiring in 2017, he had inspired countless numbers of students to pursue both teaching and mathematics. His contribution to the School, extending far beyond the classroom, and his kindness and wisdom are remembered by all those who had the pleasure to work with and be taught by him.

Applications are invited from students who:

  • will study Mathematics and/or Physics at A-level
  • is predicted to achieve an 8 or 9 at I/GCSE in at least one of the subject(s) to be studied (Mathematics, Physics)
  • currently attends a state-funded school
  • qualifies for a 100% means tested bursary
  • achieves the required standard for entry to St Helen's Sixth Form

The bursary will be awarded on the basis of both aptitude and means testing.

Joanna de Saulles Bursary for Economics

The Joanna de Saulles bursary is named in memory of a successful finance professional who lost her courageous battle with cancer aged just 32. Joanna was alerted to the idea of taking Economics as an A-level by her father Bernard and it proved to be the catalyst that took her into a successful career in banking and then private equity. She would have been delighted to see other young women following in her footsteps.

Applications are invited from students who:

  • will study Economics at A-level
  • is predicted to achieve an 8 or 9 at I/GCSE in relevant subject (Mathematics)
  • currently attends a state-funded school
  • qualifies for a 100% means tested bursary
  • achieves the required standard for entry to St Helen's Sixth Form

The bursary will be awarded on the basis of both aptitude and means testing.

 

Mark Wynn Bursary for Chemistry

The Mark Wynn bursary is named in memory of a successful entrepreneur who died suddenly aged 54. Mark grew up with his sister Stephanie in a single parent family. He valued endeavour and hard work and these two qualities together with a relentless focus made him successful both at Bristol University (where he studied chemistry) and then in business where he latterly built a group with sales of over £40 million and 400 employees. He believed that status and position should not be barriers to success and would have been delighted to see ambitious girls benefitting from this bursary.

Applications are invited from students who:

  • will study Chemistry and at least one other STEM subject at A-level (Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Computer Science)
  • is predicted to achieve an 8 or 9 at I/GCSE in Chemistry
  • currently attends a state-funded school
  • qualifies for a 100% means tested bursary
  • achieves the required standard for entry to St Helen's Sixth Form

The bursary will be awarded on the basis of both aptitude and means testing.