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.
hi am studying in class 9 in English medium school but i dont want to study in ICSE school because we dont have any government facility further i want to continue my class10 in CBSE bord i have passed with 1 st in class in with more than 70 percent in class 9 plz can you help me because i want to do aeronautical engineering after 12.
adhi - 10-Nov-15 @ 10:35 AM
Harjin - Your Question:
My name is Harjin Amutheesan. My Son Anish (7) is currently studying at a public School in Fulham. He is a very bright student but I believe he is not well challenged at the school he is currently studying in. I am not able to afford to pay so much money to send my child Anish to a private school. I would like to apply for a scholarship for my son at a private school. Please kindly send me some more information what need to be done to apply for a scholarship for my child Anish.
You would have to really pick the school of your choice and request directly about entrance exams and scholarships available for your son. I'm afraid, we cannot recommend schools directly.
GetTheRightSchool - 4-Nov-15 @ 12:03 PM
My name is Harjin Amutheesan. My Son Anish (7) is currently studying at a public School in Fulham. He is a very bright student but I believe he is not well challenged at the school he is currently studying in. I am not able to afford to pay so much money to send my child Anish to a private school... I would like to apply for a scholarship for my son at a private school. Please kindly send me some more information what need to be done to apply for a scholarship for my child Anish.
Harjin - 3-Nov-15 @ 12:05 PM
Hello, I've been looking for a scholarship for weeks now. I'm in grade nine and my parentsare not financially fit. Pls email me
malumz - 31-Oct-15 @ 4:28 PM
Iam 15 years old boy desperate for schoolership my parent can't pay my secondary education plz help iam can play football I have 3 medals 1 trophy good student passed very well on.my 9th grade I need good or education with quality in ur country contact me
Thando - 30-Oct-15 @ 6:18 AM
i have a brother and sister from grade 4 and 5 their are highly doing well in their studies with a 95% pass rate in all the subject i want them to get a scholarship or bursary as my parents cannot afford to pay their school fees
gunplay - 29-Oct-15 @ 9:27 AM
My 6 year old daughter attends public school and I believe she qualifies to go for a private school.I really fill Terrible for my unemployment status. Please help us with scholarship
coli - 28-Oct-15 @ 6:59 PM
Hi, my daughter is 7yrs old and I want her to go to private school but I can't afford the school fees. I can she get scholarship. She is very intelligent and talented.
Ify - 8-Oct-15 @ 5:13 PM
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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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.