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Scholarships for Private Independent Schools

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 2 Oct 2015 | comments*Discuss
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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.

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My daughter is 11 years old, and has been given two scholarship applications here in Australia.One is for performing arts and the other fir Academic.However if successful I gaining either she will nit be here to continue her schooling as we are returning to New Zealand permanently.Would there be scholarships of the same in New Zealand Tha i can apply for?
ckaudeznato - 2-Oct-15 @ 8:45 PM
Nana - Your Question:
How do I get my son in private school.

Our Response:
You can apply for your son to apply for an independent school. However, they are fee-based, so unless your son is entitled to a bursary or scholarship, you will have to pay. You can see what criteria is needed via the Good Schools Guide here.
GetTheRightSchool - 16-Sep-15 @ 2:47 PM
Am in grade 10 but i want to get a soccer scholarship for my next year so I can study in Europe or South America to study grade 11 and play soccer at a division 3,what must I do?
ludz - 16-Sep-15 @ 3:35 AM
How do I get my son in private school.
Nana - 15-Sep-15 @ 7:12 PM
i need scalership for me to get higher study and do more study to get success and shine thier schools and collages names in whole world
R V - 13-Sep-15 @ 7:06 AM
Hi. Good evening .my daughter is in year 2 at the moment .but I notice something. Very especial on her.she loves arts and she paint things and describe all. The colours. And always she describe the famous painter like Salvador Dali picaso Van Gogh and other painters and she always say to me mummy I really want to do arts and I want to learn I can give up,my dream she always say to me. So I'm a poor mum I don't have the money to pay for her a private school of arts. So I want to know if someone know how I can find a scholarship for her. My daugther is very sensitive person and very intelligent I notice on her age something very especial this is a true gift from Our God .so thanks for you help.
Reyna - 9-Sep-15 @ 9:49 PM
Helo, my daughter is 8 yrs old.she needs a scholorship for higher education. Is there any possibility of financial help in the form of scholorship for her.
Bharti - 8-Sep-15 @ 1:12 PM
My boy is doing grade 5 here in south Africa but wants to study abroad for high school,how can I be assisted so that his dream is fulfilled.
amatho - 5-Sep-15 @ 7:43 PM
I am favour joel from Nigeria,i am 13 years old , am a calm and a friendly girl . I need a scholarship for high school student in uk
favzy - 31-Aug-15 @ 10:09 PM
loopy - Your Question:
My son has got into the Hammond school in Chester which specialises in dance and drama. He has been lucky enough to be offered a scholarship but sadly we still can't afford the fees. Can you advise me on any further help we can get? He is going into year 7.

Our Response:
You would have to apply to the school directly in order to see whether there are any scholarships or burseries open to him.
GetTheRightSchool - 27-Aug-15 @ 11:29 AM
my son has got into the Hammond school in Chester which specialises in dance and drama. He has been lucky enough to be offered a scholarship but sadly we still can't afford the fees. Can you advise me on any further help we can get? He is going into year 7.
loopy - 26-Aug-15 @ 12:48 PM
@Daphne - it's nice that all your children are bright and I'm sure they will do well in any school here. Each school has it's own scholarship criteria, so once you have your visas you would have to apply directly to your school of choice. Good luck!
MsP - 26-Aug-15 @ 10:48 AM
Hi!I have 3 kids . They are 11,11 and 9.We live in Mumbai, India. My kids are extremely talented and academically bright.My 11 yr old always scores above 90% in all subjects.We are looking to moving to UK as their father is a portuguese national and working there and we wish to join him. I am a full timehomemaker with no income. Is there any way my kids can join a private school in UK where they can get sponsored.Any help will be appreciated.
Daphne - 25-Aug-15 @ 10:48 AM
I am ayounger talented in football boy with 16years and am looking forward in studies.Am applying for a scholarship
Zimulano - 6-Aug-15 @ 1:19 PM
Hi, I'm a 21 year old young man who's employed, my parents recently passed away on 28 June 2014 and 22 July 2014. Leaving me to look after my 2 younger brothers aged 9 and 18.. both of whom are in school. they are both very smart, and I'm looking to secure a future for the youngest one, who I believe has the potential to be very successful, even more than I ever could. I live in Malawi in Africa. If there are any ways to help me help him, please let me know. yours truly, Manuel
Manie - 5-Aug-15 @ 7:14 AM
My daughter is going into year 10 in September, attending an independent grammar school in West Midlands. She has been always top in the class since year 7 averaging +92% in all her subjects. The school has been giving me 30% discount every year and I thought would cope, with the NHS nurse salary, this end up putting me in debt with the taxman as taxes are behind. I wish not to take my daughter off that school as she is doing very well. Is there anyone who knows ways of getting some assistance in paying the fees so I can continue keeping my daughter in the same school. Thank you in advance
Taps - 29-Jul-15 @ 10:52 AM
Hello, my son is 11 years old and just receivedhis SATS result securing level 6 in all subjects. He is very good at science and would like to be a scientist. Is there any possiblity of financial help in the form of scholarship for him so he could pursue his interest? Anthony (London)
CHUCK - 27-Jul-15 @ 7:10 PM
hi there,i daughter is 10yrs,she's a bright child who always achieved more than 80 percent all subject an 95 percent on maths from grade1,she's also a writer,now she is in grade 4,i am a single parent and really need help to perssue my child's carrier.
maki - 17-Jul-15 @ 12:41 PM
@Heidi - I'm afraid as this is a UK-based site, we can only advise on UK-based schooling issues. I hope someone else out there nearer to home may be able to help answer your question. Good luck.
GetTheRightSchool - 9-Jul-15 @ 11:50 AM
I am a single mother of 3 children aged almost 15,12 and 9.Recently my son who will ve going into grade 7,was selected to attend the Drakensberg boys choir school.He does well in school and this is his dream to be able to become a Drakie but unfortunately he will not be able to go unless I get bursaries or sposorship for him.Is there anyone that could give me some ideas?
Heidi - 6-Jul-15 @ 12:57 PM
ACHOLA - 24-Jun-15 @ 12:29 PM
Am happythat this is happening am from Uganda lwengo district kasswa villageI have my young sister we are in a family of thirteen our daddy left us and went with a new wife in town where he now resides. But my young sister is so good in music but there is no money to keep her in school is it possible for her to get help to make her future better.
Surrender - 11-Jun-15 @ 7:18 PM
Good dayI have my 12 year old daughter who is an academical student doing grade 7 at Sharolea Primary school. She gets 80% and above in all her subjects. I would be grateful if my child gets a sponsor for her secondary education. It will be a dream come true to see her get into a private school she has been accepted into some private school but cannot afford the fees.
busi - 9-Jun-15 @ 11:55 AM
@Jen - according to the Good Schools Guide,if your child was reading at three, knew his tables at four and devoured science books whole at aged seven, then you may be able to secure a bursery. However, these burseries don't come along often. You can see what criteria is needed via the Good Schools Guide here . I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 1-Jun-15 @ 12:05 PM
Hello Can this be done mid term ? My daughter starts school this september, she is incredibly bright, and I am really worried that she will be held back in a class of 30. She is only 4, do they test them at this age ? And if so how ? My husband completed 11 years service in the forces as an officer, does this mean because he took redundancy that we now have less of a chance because he is not serving ? Thanks in advance
Jen - 28-May-15 @ 6:28 AM
Hi I'm. From stellenbocsh and I'm looking for a scholarship that can support me in grade 10 and I love druma, singing and dance. Please. Help. Me I'm. Looking. For the bright future
Mabusi - 18-May-15 @ 9:06 PM
is there any scholarship for secondary schools,I want it for my daughter.
Dupson - 17-May-15 @ 10:11 AM
is there any scholarship for secondary schools? I want it for my daughter
Dupson - 17-May-15 @ 10:08 AM
@face - I'm afraid in order to get a bursery, your parents would have to go through the proper immigration procedures in order to come to the UK. Or if you are old enough you, would have to apply yourself for a student visa.
GetTheRightSchool - 15-May-15 @ 1:36 PM
Hey I'm Ellie, I'm from Leeds in England. I'm currently in year 10 and I play a lot of sport, I play for Yorkshire and north England ladies u15 and have recently been asked to be part of the north England u18 sevens team for the "sainsburies school games". Also I'm in a talented and gifted academy where 24 girls in England train regularly and build blocks upto playing for England, this is the highest point I can get to at this age as the national side doesn't start until u20. On top of rugby I am a keen athlete competing in English school championships twice, football is another big part of my life playing recently with my county side. Thank you
Kildunne - 14-May-15 @ 11:04 PM
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