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.
My daughter is in yr 8 state school. I have already changed her once as shedoes not find it challenging enough. I would like to get her into the private system for yr 9 but have been told that i do not qualify for bursary due to ownership of my house. I cannot afford without 30- 50 % scholarship. Are there any private girls schools in south london i can apply to for yr 9. She is doing very well maths and English and loves drama.
Sam - 23-Mar-17 @ 3:20 PM
My kids who are 6 and 8 years for want to move to a private primary school. They are quite ahead of their peers interms of they intellectual ability.
Can you confirm how possible it is to get a scholarship to one of the primary schools in Bristol.
Lewy - 10-Mar-17 @ 2:33 PM
Please can I get a scholarship for either George heriots or lorretto school. I am a extremely intelligent boy with a passion for english, politics and many more, however we can't afford the fee.
James Knox - 5-Mar-17 @ 2:41 PM
Please, let am seeking schorlaship support for my daughter who has just been given admission to Bury Girls School. Pls how do l go about getting one?
Hajjia - 3-Mar-17 @ 5:17 PM
Hi I'm trying to understand the scholarship system for most private schools. It seems that there are scholarships for year 7 and sixth form.
My daughter is year 9 and I'm wondering if it's possible to apply for art scholarship for year 10. I'm guessing it's too late but I can't make sense of the system on some school websites.
Anyone know how this works exactly?
Thanks in advance.
Lex - 21-Feb-17 @ 2:54 PM
Hi please I have an academic 14 yr old daughter she is also very passionate about drama and singing. She went to a independent boarding school where she was bullied so i took her out and she is now studying for her GCSEs at home. We found a small girls school close to where we live, but I need help with funding. I ama single mum on a low wage. Would you know of any where I could get some funding and charity grant or sponsorshipplease.
Myah - 11-Feb-17 @ 9:53 AM
My daughter, Gene, Thai, 13 years. My mother langague is Thai but Gene can speak Eng, Chinese, Spanish, French and Japanese. She plays violin and piano. Also plays badminton and swim. Now she is studying at year 8 in UK curriculum. My family need any financial support from any kind persons to support my daughter. Please and Thanks.
BK - 11-Feb-17 @ 5:05 AM
Hi there I would like to find out how to get my child into a really great school for her.She is in year 4 and has amazing talent for the arts(musically/drama). When she was younger she grasped things quickly in most subjects but when started at school they tend to just slow them down.
I would like to understand and know where to look and how to apply for these places.kind regards
D13 - 30-Jan-17 @ 3:52 PM
I need a scholarship for my smart year 2 son. I lost my husband in December and would like to relocate to the UK.
Nikki - 24-Jan-17 @ 10:15 PM
Good day. I am looking for sponsorship for my daughters 5 years and 7 years. The older one goes to one of the best schools in the city and the younger one goes to an average school because l couldn't afford to pay school fees for both of them in a best private school where my older one goes. I will really appreciate it if my younger one gets asponsorship or if both of them!Their father's blind please help!Thank you. Hlehle
Hlehle - 20-Jan-17 @ 3:52 PM
Good day. I am looking for sponsorship for my daughters 5 years and 7 years. The older one goes to one of the best schools in the city and the younger one goes to an average school because l couldn't afford to pay school fees for both of them in a best private school where my older one goes. I will really appreciate it if my younger one gets asponsorship or if both of them!Their father's blind please help!Thank you.
Hlehle - 20-Jan-17 @ 3:51 PM
Can you help me with scholarships for my 14yrs and 6yrs I can't afford to pay the private school. Thank you.
Tazo Magondo - 16-Jan-17 @ 10:36 AM
I'm a 16 year old doing grade 11 always getting an aggregate more than 85% . I'm looking for a bursary my mother is unable to pay my school feesas she has some financial problems after her divorce because she has to take care of everything in her little salary . Please help I don't want to leave school as I want to go and study for engineering .
Zill - 15-Jan-17 @ 6:00 AM
I want a scholarship for my children they are 7and 8
Bimmy - 14-Jan-17 @ 6:31 AM
Hi I have an 10 year old daughter she'll be doing grade 4 this year. She was attending a private school n now I lost my job so she's been thrown out of school because of unpaid fees she's brilliant she got level 7 in all her subjects anyone who knows where I can get a bursary. At the moment there's no space @ goverment school I'm afraid my daughter will spend this whole year without school pls help
0715593789 - 7-Jan-17 @ 10:27 PM
I v an 8 years daughter that loves maths and love teaching other students in her class .would like her to go to a better school .
Lanre - 4-Jan-17 @ 12:34 PM
Hi, My 6 year old son is very talent in his studies, I wanted him to go private school but cannot afford so looking for the scholarship. I live in south east London. Can you suggest me some ideas how to apply pls! Thank you!
Nanu - 1-Jan-17 @ 11:03 PM
I am a15 years old girl with an exceptional talent in badminton and I want to get a scolarship for my talent .
D - 27-Dec-16 @ 7:12 PM
Good morning, I would like to get a scholarship to go to school in the UK. I am an 82% student and a distinction student, top of my class and I have always wanted to go to school in England. Please help me thank you.
nikee - 17-Dec-16 @ 7:10 AM
My 7 year boy is brilliant, he is doing very well in school. he always pass with 100%. he is in grade 2 now so I would like him to go to private school but I don't have funds. all I need is a scholarship and a bursary. I need any help I can get. he is attending school in Lesotho at a moment but I won't have a problem if he gets help anywhere. all I want is a best education for him. kindly email me for assistance. thank you. God bless you.
Pabi - 12-Dec-16 @ 9:55 PM
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.