A scholarship is a means of financial assistance provided by another body or institution so that your child can pursue a line of education that may not be available to them under normal circumstances.
At the present time in the United Kingdom more than a fifth of all pupils at independent schools get some form of financial assistance with fees. Scholarships are generally awarded to pupils for academic, musical or artistic merit and normally do not take financial need into account.
A scholarship can be awarded to any pupil based entirely on their performance within a particular subject or field of education and irrespective of background, class or financial stability.
How Scholarships Are Awarded
Scholarships are awarded normally, as we have already touched on, to those pupils who show exceptional talent and/or intelligence in a particular area. This may be music or the arts or literature or indeed sport and, as such, there needs to be a financial input to enable these pupils to pursue further qualifications in these fields at private independent school level.
In order to do this, private independent schools will hold examinations based upon a shortlist of pupils gleaned from the mainstream school system and as a result a shorter list of prospective and talented pupils may be drawn up.
A further examination and interview may be held to further quantify the pupil’s interest and indeed willingness to pursue the obtaining of a scholarship.
If the scholarship is awarded it amounts to a maximum of 50% of the school fees that may be required during the course of a pupil’s education at private independent school. This will take into account board and lodgings should the school be outside the catchment area to such a degree that the pupil might need to reside there during term time.
There will also be such things as uniforms, textbooks, any sporting equipment, musical instruments or indeed any other item that falls outside the normal remit of an educational standard.
However, as a scholarship amounts to only 50% of the fees at a private independent school it may be necessary to seek a bursary if the pupil’s parents are not in a position financially to cover the shortfall between the amount granted in a scholarship and the overall amount of the fees incurred.
A bursary is an amount of money granted to make up the shortfall and is only granted after a series of means tests are carried out to ensure that a pupil’s parents are not in a position to make up the difference.
Although your child may be of a high intellect and of a high educational standard there is still no guarantee that a scholarship or bursary will be awarded. These are means tested and also granted on a limited number of places per year.
It is worthwhile mentioning that having looked at a varied number of private independent schools there is a generally accepted criterion across the board.
In saying this priority is given to the pupils of parents who are members of the clergy, members of the Armed Forces (both serving and non serving), teachers, and also to the children of former school pupils who have applied for scholarships at their chosen school.
That said do not let it put you off attempting to help your child gain a scholarship they have as much chance as anyone given the right exam results and the right advice.
As always with trying to place your child in any school it is important to understand the criteria laid down and also given the chance, inspect the school and speak with teachers and pupils alike for a more balanced view of how things operate.
As with all schools private or otherwise there will be a parent teacher association and as always this a good place to start if you are looking for an unbiased and realistic appraisal of your child’s chances. Read more about the school PTA on this site.
I have a brilliant 8 year old daughter going to grade 4 January 2017, I wish to give her a better education anywhere in the world but I cannot afford for now she is in government school in RSA , if you can assist me on steps to follow for bursaries or scholarship I can greatly appreciate.
Mpume - 8-Dec-16 @ 1:32 PM
I have got 2 smart kids from Nigeria,i desire for them to school in a boarding private school in the UK, they are 6 & 7 years old in grade 3 & grade 4 respectively. could you please email me all details.thank you
meme - 22-Nov-16 @ 5:25 PM
My son 12 years old currently at S1, we live near Edinburgh. He did well academically and has a strong interest in entrepreneurship and stock markets. Wondering any scholarship available for him to join a private school?any recommendations on route to get scholarships. He created his own business website etc but stopped after fell off with his partner.
Cindy - 22-Nov-16 @ 10:54 AM
I got a very smart boy aged 7 years.. I want to give him the best education... Something better than what I had... Am able to pay a 1000$ I wish I could get him a bursary or scholarship To help to reach better heights and preferably in international school...we are based in Uganda but he can be in any boarding school ..he is supposed to join year 3 in September 2017,,,I pray I get help... Amen
Mtu mzima - 21-Nov-16 @ 9:10 PM
I got a very smart boy aged 7 years.. I want to give him the best education... Somethingbetter than what I had... Am able to pay a 1000$ I wish I could get him a bursary or scholarship To help to reach better heightsand preferably in international school...we are based in Uganda but he can be in any boarding school ?? he is supposed to join year 3 in September 2017,,,I pray I get help... Amen
Mtu mzima - 21-Nov-16 @ 9:06 PM
I would like to get a scholarship in UK. I love Mathematics & English as a subject, Play soccer as a hobby and a daily activity. I'm currently at Merensky High School, South Africa.
Mr. X - 6-Nov-16 @ 6:40 PM
Hi, my name is Irah Gatere i live in Kenya i'm 14 years turning 15 on December
i'm wishing to get a scholarship in the country of my dreams UK
i'm really talented in music mostly singing i dont do too bad in my grades mostly 60% in all
my school doesnt really focus on talent and my parents cant afford the high class schools that focus on talent.If possible please grant me my dreams im in form one heading to form two next year.....please reply......have a good day
irah - 29-Oct-16 @ 11:42 AM
Hi I have 7 year old daughter who is in year 2 in state school. Her teachers say us we are gifted to have a very matured, extremely talented n clever child. She is too good academically. We would like to go for private school this year if she gets scholarship. We live in Milton Keynes, UK. Please guide us how to get through now
Jyothi - 27-Oct-16 @ 4:27 PM
My five year old son is gifted. He is doing extremely well in school. I was told by his teacher thatraining that he is well above his peers. Even though he is in Reception, he is reading books that year one children read at the end of their year! Within the first week of school, he achieved all phase words checks. He can do basic addition and subtraction and he writes very well. I would like to know if there is anyway that I could get a bursary of some sort to help him get into a private school. I believe a private school setting would be very good for him.
Semone - 11-Oct-16 @ 5:32 PM
Hello, please kindly email the funding body/bursary/scholarship for 7+ as my daughter is very brilliant, very good in writing said by her teachers, plays musical instruments, good in maths, learn French and aswell go for drama, singing & dance academy but there is we don't have enough money to send her to private school. The private Sch in our area does not have the funding. Kindly pls email me.
Thanks very much for assistance.
Pato - 3-Oct-16 @ 8:19 PM
Hi, I am a 12 year old student from a public school in South Africa. I will be doing grade 8 next year but my parents can't afford highly quality education for me. I wish to apply for a scholarship to study in the UK. I excel in Mathematics and Science. I am also a top learner at my school. I obtained distinction(level7)performance on my termly school reports this year. Please help me.
Nerdy K - 3-Oct-16 @ 6:25 PM
i am ummasalma i am looking for a scholarship to study my grade 8 to grade 12 abroad i am living in nigeria
please give me scholarship for a boarding school in uk
ummamu - 1-Oct-16 @ 9:30 AM
Can you tell me of any Private schools(13 years and over) in the Hampshire,Surrey,Berkshire,Sussex,Dorset area that have a comprehensive swimming program for their pupils.
Donny - 28-Sep-16 @ 12:40 PM
Duchie - Your Question:
Hi there. I have a nephew who is very intelligent and is heading to elementary school, his mother passed away when he was just a year old, this may sound funny but I just wanted to ask if there are any bursaries or scholarships offered to children in elementary schools because I would love for him to attend good schools from elementary until college but sadly we struggling financially. Please help. We are based in South Africa
As much as we'd like to be able to help with the information we cannot as we are a UK-based site with knowledge of only UK-based schools.
GetTheRightSchool - 19-Aug-16 @ 9:41 AM
Hi there. I have a nephew who is very intelligent and is heading to elementary school, his mother passed away when he was just a year old, this may sound funny but I just wanted to ask if there are any bursaries or scholarships offered to children in elementary schools because I would love for him to attend good schools from elementary until college but sadly we struggling financially. Please help.We are based in South Africa
Duchie - 18-Aug-16 @ 12:16 AM
Hi,IHi,i am 15 years old,and just finished my grade 8 from Swaziland and I am looking for a scholarship for gragrade 9.please tell me if there is any.
ammy - 3-Aug-16 @ 8:31 AM
Hi I'm 16 and from Ghana.I'd like to apply for a schorlahip for a boarding school in UK.Please contact me on this number +233271518177
JJ - 22-Jul-16 @ 8:53 AM
Hi I'm Naledi Sne Mkhize from South Africa I am 15 i'm a footballer provincial level and im playing for Liverpool international Academy South Africa my grades aren't bad I'm a hard worker both in class and on the Soccer Field. SA doesn't offer great opportunities as UK and all big teams are there Please make my dream come true
SneOzil - 20-Jul-16 @ 11:05 AM
i am kelly, am 15 years old i am cool with my marks in all subjects am heading in grade 10 and i would like to get an opportunity for a scholarship.
pedro - 12-Jul-16 @ 9:30 PM
excuse me i am kelly and i am 15 years old from kigali/Rwanda. i am looking for a scholarship my grades are not that bad at all, each of them i have 60% and above. i would be thankful if i got this chance to explore my knowledge thank you.
Pedro - 12-Jul-16 @ 9:27 PM
Hi iam 14 iam doing grade 9 iwould love to study in uk when awill be doing grade 11but iam very poor i would love to have someone who can pay for my fees ipromise iwould iwill work hard and i live in eastern cape in south africa iwould be gratefull if some one could respond in this number 0614866329
Palisa - 8-Jul-16 @ 10:34 AM
Hi my daughter is an academically gifted student currently in grade 8. I was not aware that we could receive a bursary for her so did not know to apply while she was in grade 6. I am in the process of divorce and raising my two children on my own with no financial aid. Are there any schools/companies who offer bursaries to students already in high school? Can I still appl for her now? Please help
ML32 - 24-Jun-16 @ 2:25 PM
Hello Am Chulumanco ,am from Eastern cape and I am 15 years old. Next yearI'llbe doinggrade11.My parents arestrugglingtheycan'tevenpayformyschoolfeesanymore,because I have 4 siblings and my parentsdon'teven work becausethey are uneducated buttheywantus to have a bettereducation.I've beenapplyingforScholarshipssincegrade9.I needascholarship but am not that muchbrilliantbutI am a hard work .My school minimumaverageis 50%.I wouldbe verygratefulforany Response...
Chulu - 24-Jun-16 @ 6:23 AM
Hi I am 14 and a half and in grade 9 I would like to stduy in the UK but from what I hear it's expensive. so what do I do please help me. Thank you!
Dimples - 21-Jun-16 @ 8:30 PM
hi! I am 13 and a half and I live in Ethiopia. I am going to be in grade 9 on 2017. I learn in British international school. It's really expensive there really expensive,so I want to learn in an other country. I am good atphysical education. So please I am asking for your help.
ananu - 20-Jun-16 @ 1:34 PM
m.3dwards - Your Question:
Hello. I'm 14 and currently in yr 9, in the UK. I would love to be able to transfer to a private school and boost my chances of studying criminology at Harvard university. I can't afford to pay the fees required to be able to go to the best school. I hope to be able to earn a scholarship. I am currently achieving 9's (A**) in all of my subjects. I have won 2 golds at the UKJMC, Best In Year twice, Best in School once, and also represented my school in the team challenge. I have been involved in my local public speaking competition, BBC School News Report Day, and I am currently doing my bronze D of E award. I have been in numerous plays (I am currently in one now) and play the piano, guitar, and I am in my school and local choir. I have also represented my school in their Netball, Hockey, and Rounders teams. I have excellent attendance, and have been given many commendations from my school's Principal. I also am a Girl Guide, and have volunteered at quite a few events; including my local church, community group, and farms. I hope that due to my in school activities, out of school activities, and academic achievements, I will be able to earn funding to be able to go to a private school and achieve my dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a Criminal Psychologist.
We are very glad you are doing very well at school and you obviously have great ambitions. You should speak with your parents regarding applying for scholarships. However, it seems your current school is helping you achieve very good results too.
GetTheRightSchool - 14-Jun-16 @ 2:10 PM
Hello. I'm 14 and currently in yr 9, in the UK. I would love to be able to transfer to a private school and boost my chances of studying criminology at Harvard university. I can't afford to pay the fees required to be able to go to the best school. I hope to be able to earn a scholarship. I am currently achieving 9's (A**) in all of my subjects. I have won 2 golds at the UKJMC, Best In Year twice, Best in School once, and also represented my school in the team challenge. I have been involved in my local public speaking competition, BBC School News Report Day, and I am currently doing my bronze D of E award. I have been in numerous plays (I am currently in one now)and play the piano, guitar, and I am in my school and local choir. I have also represented my school in their Netball, Hockey, and Rounders teams. I have excellent attendance, and have been given many commendations from my school's Principal. I also am a Girl Guide, and have volunteered at quite a few events; includingmy local church, community group, and farms. I hope that due to my in school activities, out of school activities, and academic achievements, I will be able to earn funding to be able to go to a private school and achieve my dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a Criminal Psychologist.
m.3dwards - 13-Jun-16 @ 7:57 PM
Hello,am a 10th grade student here in Tanzania and i am 16years. The aim of me asking for a scholarship is that i really need a good education that is more and practically because here in Tanzania is more theorical and am really good at math and science but for our education here i think my dream my fade. Also i really need to archive my goals as a neurologist am aslo good at singing. Please my you put this into consideration please. You will make my dream come true. Thank you.
Sally - 13-Jun-16 @ 1:02 PM
Plz am a girl of 13 years and am from Nigeria am in junior secondry 2 plz am in need of sholarship becorse my parent afford my fees plz am beging am good at my studies plzz help
Preciouzy - 11-Jun-16 @ 4:47 PM
pliz i need your help am grade 9 my parent died when i was 3months