Fees, Bursaries and Scholarships

The information on this page is provided to assist you in understanding the fee structure for the academic year ahead and give details of the Bursaries, Scholarships, Exhibitions and other Awards available.

The Admissions Guide for entry in September 2022 offers a general overview of the application process and contains fee information for 2021-2022 along with details of Bursaries, Scholarships and Exhibitions on its final page.

Children need to be registered with the School by the November deadline set out in the Admissions Guide to be considered for a place for entry in the following September. Parents may choose to register their child at any time; before or after receiving further details from the Registrar, or visiting the School. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £155 for each child.

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Fees for 2021/22

The scale of termly fees is shown below.

Senior School £7,450
Prep School £6,040
Kindergarten/Prep 1 £5,870
Music lessons £245

Fees include the charges for lunch and a pupil’s personal accident insurance (including dental cover).


Bursary Applications

Applications for bursaries are welcomed from parents of prospective pupils entering the Senior School at the ages of 11 (Senior 7 year) or 16 (Lower Sixth year).

Having registered, parents may also request an application form for a bursary. The Bursar will send out a confidential Means Questionnaire to complete.

Candidates must meet the academic criteria for selection into the Senior School before being considered for a bursary. Bursaries are means tested and are granted to a limited number of parents who demonstrate financial need in order to send their children to the School. All candidates then go through exactly the same admission procedure. The offer of a bursary is not made until after the examination process has been completed. Bursaries may range from 10% to 100% fee remission and are reviewed annually. Application forms may be obtained from the Bursar. The closing date for receipt of completed bursary applications is Friday 3 December 2021.

Criteria

As the School receives a substantial number of bursary applications each year, it is difficult to be precise on the criteria for success. However, generally, bursaries are awarded to families where both parents work but who are struggling financially and have a child who demonstrates that he/she would benefit academically from what the School has to offer. In some cases there is an element of misfortune where a parent has become incapacitated or a spouse has died. Some bursaries are offered to single parents, or where there is a case of unforeseen hardship. It is difficult to predict how many applications will be received and whether they will be strong cases. The School has to be mindful also that some existing parents, who do not receive bursaries, may also be struggling financially and therefore it would be inequitable to grant bursaries for new candidates who do not have a particular need which sets them apart.


Awards, Scholarships and Exhibitions

The Richard Hastie-Smith Music Awards (11+)

The Richard Hastie-Smith Music Awards are open to candidates applying for Senior 7 entry who are able to demonstrate outstanding musical potential. The award, which runs for two years subject to satisfactory performance, entitles the recipient to receive paid individual tuition at School on a nominated instrument and significant support from the School of Music. Up to four awards are available in each year. Awardees are encouraged to apply for a Music Scholarship at 13+ (although School is not able to guarantee that a Scholarship will be granted). Music Award assessments are held in early January.

A Music Award may only be awarded to a candidate who reaches the qualifying academic standard in the 11+ entrance examination.

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions (13+)

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available at 13+ for internal candidates who are in their Senior 8 year and soon to join Senior 9, along with any external candidate applying for a place for Senior 9 entry. Candidates must be able to demonstrate outstanding musical ability. The Scholarships run for three years, subject to satisfactory performance, and range in value. Scholarship auditions and assessments take place in January.

The School’s purpose in offering Music Scholarships is to encourage musical pupils to develop and fulfil their potential through a bespoke programme that is both ambitious and rewarding. Award holders are expected to make a full contribution to the School’s musical activities. They will, in turn, be afforded the opportunity to work with leading conductors and musicians, including the School’s Ensemble in Residence the Berkeley Ensemble. The Head of Music is pleased to advise potential candidates through a pre-audition assessment.

For the Music Scholarship, candidates may offer any instrument (including voice). Each candidate will be asked to play at least one piece on their first instrument. If a second piece is offered, it should contrast suitably with the first choice.

Candidates should also offer a second study, but exceptionally talented pupils on a single study will be considered. Any further evidence to support an application, such as improvisation, composition, or technology is welcomed.

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Registrar for further information.

Scholarships and Exhibitions in Art, Drama and Sport (13+)

Scholarships and Exhibitions are available in Art, Drama and Sport at 13+ for internal candidates who will be in their Senior 8 year and soon to join Senior 9, along with any external candidate applying for a place for Senior 9 entry. Candidates must be able to demonstrate outstanding ability in one of the scholarship fields. The Scholarships, which run for three years, subject to satisfactory performance, range in value. Scholarship auditions and assessments take place in January.

Please note that there are no Art, Drama or Sport Scholarships available at 11+.

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Registrar for further information.

Criteria, scope and number of awards available (13+)

A Scholarship or Exhibition may only be awarded to a candidate who reaches the qualifying academic standard in the appropriate entrance examination.

A Scholarship entitles the awardee to a 5% fee reduction; an Exhibition entitles the awardee to a 3% fee reduction.

Applicants may apply for more than one Scholarship.

Up to two Scholarships and two Exhibitions are awarded each year in Music and Sport; up to one Scholarship and one Exhibition are awarded each year in both Art and Drama.

Further details and Application Forms may be obtained from the Registrar.

Please note that there are no Scholarships or Exhibitions available at 11+ (Senior 7).


Sixth Form Scholarships and Exhibitions

Sixth Form Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded for academic excellence, exceptional ability in the creative arts, or for outstanding talent in Sport. Each award runs for two years, subject to satisfactory performance. A Scholarship entitles the awardee to a 5% fee reduction; an Exhibition entitles the awardee to a 3% fee reduction. The following awards are available: Academic (three scholarships; three exhibitions); All-round (two scholarships; two exhibitions); Sport (two scholarships; two exhibitions); Drama (one scholarship; one exhibition); Art (one scholarship; one exhibition). Two additional scholarships are available in the Sixth Form each year. These are the Sutherland Scholarship and the Richard Hastie-Smith Scholarship which consider the totality of the contribution the award holder may make to the life of the School. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship.

All Scholars and Exhibitioners are expected to play a full role in the life of the School and to support the relevant Head of Department at School events and on Open Days. Scholarships may be withdrawn at any time if the holder fails to meet the School’s expectations.

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Registrar for further information.


The Head reserves the right not to make certain awards in any given year should the calibre of candidates be judged insufficiently strong.

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