Scholarships are awarded by the Headmistress to recognise excellence, ability and potential in one or more academic or extracurricular areas. The financial value is modest and they are not subject to means testing. Academic scholarships are valued at £500pa, music scholarships provide free tuition in one instrument and all other scholarships are valued at £300pa.
Scholars will be expected to make a significant contribution to school life through their enthusiasm and commitment to the particular area for which they have been recognised. Progress will be monitored and scholars will be invited to a review meeting to discuss progress and future goals as they begin and complete each section of the school: Lower School (Years 7 and 8); Middle School (Years 9-11) and Sixth Form.
Students may hold awards in more than one area (the second being of honorary rather than of financial value); two non-academic awards cannot be held by the same individual.
How awards are made
All awards for each year group are made in the preceding school year. Awards are made by the Headmistress in conjunction with senior members of staff for subject specific awards. All-rounder awards are at the discretion of the Headmistress; no formal application or assessment is required.
The timing of scholarship awards for external candidates is based on the principle that an offer of a school place would, if successful, be accompanied by either a scholarship offer (11+) or invitation to scholarship interview (13+, 16+).
The timing of scholarship awards for existing students will follow the external candidate assessment process; 11+ awards being made in January, 13+ awards in February and 16+ awards in November of the preceding school year.
All scholarships are open to both internal and external candidates. Further information is available from the Admissions Office.
How to apply for awards
At 11+ all applicants are automatically assessed for academic and all rounder awards. There are no special papers or procedures.
Music scholarship auditions are held in January and are run as a half-day workshop with other applicants, and include individual auditions and interviews. All music candidates must complete an application form.
At 13+ and 16+ assessments for academic and other scholarships vary for internal and external candidates. Details of how external candidates and existing pupils can apply for scholarships can be found by selecting the appropriate entry level below.
*Music scholarships require attendance at music instrument lessons unless a school activity prohibits this.