Scholarships & Bursaries
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (11+)
Academic and Foundation Scholarships for entry into Year 7 may be awarded to internal or external candidates, based upon the results of the January assessments and the interviews.
Awards may also be offered for excellence in Sport and Expressive Arts (Art, Dance, Drama and Music) if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves. Details of the scholarship assessment criteria may be obtained from the Admissions Coordinator.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (13+)
Academic and Foundation Scholarships for entry into Year 9 may be awarded to external candidates, based upon the results of the January assessments and the interviews with the Head.
Awards may also be offered for excellence in Sport and Expressive Arts (Art, Drama and Music) if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves. Details of the scholarship assessment criteria may be obtained from the Admissions Coordinator.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (16+)
Scholarships awarded in Year 7 or Year 9 are tenable for the duration of a pupil's time at the School, subject to the Scholarship Terms and Conditions and an annual review; In addition, pupils in Year 11 and external applicants for 16+ entry are invited to apply for Sixth Form scholarships. Awards are made for outstanding academic performance, excellence in Sport and Expressive Arts.
THE VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
All Scholarship Awards are an honour, carrying a nominal remission in fees of £1,000 per annum for Academic Scholars and £600 per annum for all other award holders. The Governors reserve the right not to make a scholarship award if suitable candidates do not present themselves.
Candidates who are successful in gaining a Scholarship but who require a greater remission in fees in order to take up their place may apply for a means-tested bursary. Forms are available from the Admissions Coordinator or Bursar.
DUTIES OF A SCHOLAR
A Scholarship Award is held subject to a pupil maintaining a good standard of endeavour and conduct during their time at the School. Awards are subject to annual review by Governors and there is an expectation that an academic scholar will set an example in the way in which they approach their studies and in their personal behaviour. All scholarship holders will play an active role in the life of The Royal School. The Governors reserve the right to withdraw an award if a scholar falls short of the School’s standards.
SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURES
Scholarship candidates should be of the correct age for entry (11+, 13+ or 16+). Pupils sitting for Sixth Form scholarships must be in the final year of their GCSE studies (or equivalent). The School’s entrance papers include scholarship-level questions and need no special preparation. The questions are devised to test ability and potential rather than achievement alone.
Applications are not restricted to September entry. Places may be offered to new entrants at any point during the academic year, subject to the availability of a place and following an assessment to ensure that the School is able to meet the needs of the child.
Once registered, children are invited to a two-day taster visit where they can spend time in one of our classrooms and meet peers and teachers. Assessments in Mathematics and English take place during this visit. The taster days are designed to be enjoyable and relaxed, and no preparation is required. Acceptance will be determined by the applicant’s level of attainment in relation to that of his / her peer group and his / her relative social and physical development.
The majority of our pupils will transfer to The Royal Senior School. All children wishing to transfer to The Royal Senior School sit entrance papers alongside external candidates.
Year 7 Entry - 11+ - internal and external applicants
Registrations for Year 7 entry are capped at 100 boys and 100 girls. All applicants are invited to meet the Principal at interview.
November in Year 6. Taster day – applicants spend a day in School with their peers to familiarise themselves with the learning environment. References are requested from each pupil's current school.
January in Year 6. 11+ assessments (The Royal School's own papers in English and Mathematics), a computer based assessment and an interview with the Principal and Head of Senior Boys as appropriate. Academic scholarships may be awarded on the basis of performance in the written papers.
January in Year 6. Optional Sport and Expressive Arts (Art, Dance, Drama & Music) scholarship assessments.
January in Year 6. Letter of offer (including scholarship offer, if applicable) to successful applicants.
March in Year 6. Deadline for acceptance of offers (usually 1st Monday in March).
Sixth Form Admissions
16+ (Year 12 entry) – internal and external applicants
November in Year 11. Applicants spend a day in School with their peers to familiarise themselves with the learning environment - the timetable comprises sample lessons and extra-curricular activities similar to those available at AS Level. The day includes an interview with a teaching member of the Senior Management Team.
November in Year 11. References are requested from each candidate's current school together with predicted GCSE grades
November in Year 11. Optional Academic and Expressive Arts Scholarship assessments
December in Year 11. Letters of offer (and scholarship offers, if applicable) issued to successful applicants
January in Year 11. Deadline for acceptance of offers (usually 1st week in January)
Applicants who are unable to attend on key dates (for example, because they are applying from overseas) should contact the Admissions Coordinator for assistance.