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Scholarships for Private Independent Schools

Author: Jack Claridge - Updated: 7 March 2015 | commentsComment
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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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@sentha - I'm afraid as we are a UK-based site we cannot advise on boarding schools outside the UK.
GetTheRightSchool - 10-Mar-15 @ 10:23 AM
@Heidi - congrats to your son. There are schools that offer music scholarships. You can search online and make an application.
GetTheRightSchool - 9-Mar-15 @ 2:44 PM
hi i have 16 years old daughter doing grade 9 and she is doing well at school i was thinking of sending her to a boarding school in polokwane limpopo unfortunately when I look at my background is not looking good so I'm asking for assistance, what can I do for looking for a scholarship or bursaries?
sentha - 7-Mar-15 @ 2:26 PM
I am a single mother.Just recently my son has been selected to attend the Drakensberg Boys Choir as from 2016.My son has a natural talent for music both vocally and instrumentally.It is so sad because I cannot not support him financially in this regard and receive not support from their father regarding extra curricular activities or for a school like this.This is his true passion
Heidi - 7-Mar-15 @ 4:31 AM
Am machevele Tinyiko Nomsa iwant a schoolarship 2learn my grade 11 at bording school iwill be heppy when i find it ihave big dream that why iwant a schoolarship THANK YOU
Tinah - 5-Mar-15 @ 9:33 PM
I am bright I have really been searching a scholarship to furtheR my education.@lays football nd I am 15 yeArs
brightoski - 3-Mar-15 @ 11:00 PM
Hello, I am Alizeh Rafique, 17 year old, from Pakistan. I am doing my GCSE and got 2A* and 1A, five more to go. I have always been a hardworking student throughout my academic years and is looking forward to study in UK on merit.Also I have some pretty good vocals. I am looking forward for a scholarship to support my studies so that I could have chance to study in UK. Any suggestions in this regard would be highly appreciated.Thankyou.
Alizeh - 21-Feb-15 @ 9:42 AM
hi my name is jesse, am 17years,, from nigeria...am in my final year in highschool....geting a college schoolarship will be a dream come through for me...because i'will finally achieve my dream of playing soccer... all i want is just a tryout and you'll see what am talking about...thanks
jeysongz - 19-Feb-15 @ 12:56 PM
Greetings to all. I'm a 14 year old girl who has big dreams,I'm willing to work hard in order to get to those dreams. But the sad part is my mom can't afford to take me to the best school, I really need a scholarship to fund my education.I know I'm a hard worker and I never give up getting a scholarship would make me really happy..
sindi - 17-Feb-15 @ 7:54 PM
@zainab - I have included a link to the National Association for Gifted Children factsheet which gives plenty of information on how and where you can apply for scholarships, link here. I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 11-Feb-15 @ 1:44 PM
Hi! my 6 years old twin boys are very intelligent. their IQ is well and above their age. they are in P1 and they know all the syllabus already, they are like P2/3 level. i want best edu for them. i cant afford to put them in a Private school. Is their any way they can get scholarship( even after testing them). mum from, glasgow
zainab - 11-Feb-15 @ 1:35 AM
Hi, i have an 11 year old daughter who is doing grade 6 this year. Last year she told me that she wants to become a scientist, it breaks my heart and i am also scared that she might not be able to follow her career as i am not employed and also single. I am searching for a busary ... she deserves a chance to study science.
Tumi - 5-Feb-15 @ 9:49 PM
hi my son is Ntobeko Emanuel manqelewe liveat hillcrest3660 my child has a talent of be atlatic he is a good runer ill like to give my son the best education that i didnt get please can you give my son a busary think you this is my contacts 0744100105 0612147810
totoh - 4-Feb-15 @ 4:02 PM
@Mani - have you tried approaching the school directly? Many independent schools offer some measure of financial support and means-tested bursaries. The school will also be able to direct you to organisations it is familiar with and that know can or have previously given support. I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 23-Jan-15 @ 11:56 AM
Hi My 11 yr old daughter has successfully gained a scholarship at her high schoolbut is only 5%. Are there any other organisations I can reach for financial help for scholars? Any advise would be appreciated.
Mani - 22-Jan-15 @ 6:59 PM
Hi, I am abdullah, 15, from Pakistan and I am an GCSE student. I have scored 5 A*s and 3 As in my exams and still 2 more to go. I have got some pretty amazing vocalskills and I really want them to be of some use. I represented my school in many comptitions and made significant progress in the field of music. I want to study in UK using a scholarship earned on the basis of my vocal skills. Any suggestion in this regard would be highly appreciated. Regards, Abdullah Tahir.
Abdullah - 3-Jan-15 @ 3:23 AM
Hi, I am fourteen years old boy from Karachi, Pakistan. I have more than twenty certificates. I am a sports teenager, I love to play cricket, badminton, football, and table tannis.I love to socialise with people.I also take a part Model United Nation (MUN). So I am searching for a scholarship so that I can get a chance to come UK and get experience + study
iffi - 2-Jan-15 @ 11:14 PM
Hi How do I apply for scholarship/bursary for a ptivate school in Edinburgh? I have a intelligent 14yr old daughter who will make a good name of a private should they offer a scholarship. Thank you Mum
amina mzungu - 29-Dec-14 @ 11:05 PM
Hello i want to applythis application because i know that my son have really good potential and he can do better in your country so that he will be in a good both acadamicaly and economically and also if you give him the chance to be a physics student i am defiently sure that he will help you but here in ethiopia he can't show his potential because of our country's economical stantard there are no good materials which help the students to practice so that i preferred my son to learn in UK he is Junior 11 next year so i think youwill give him the chance a see him acadamically thank you.
desa - 22-Dec-14 @ 4:07 PM
@AGGIE - I'm afraid we don't have details of suitable schools in Africa as we are a UK-based site.
GetTheRightSchool - 4-Dec-14 @ 11:32 AM
@Tom - I've included the Good School Guide link here which may help your search. Good luck.
GetTheRightSchool - 4-Dec-14 @ 11:31 AM
I am tom I go to a school in Essex and my dream is to get a scholarship for any outstanding school.I would like to know any good schools that give scholarships.i love to do technology and pe.(I am 13).
Tom_attard1234 - 3-Dec-14 @ 9:57 PM
Hello, I am a kenyan mum and my son aged 10yrs old plays chess, he has been in different countries to represent kenya in chess , iam kindly looking for a school which can sponsor for my sons education has he is very talented and needs a good school which offer chess class and can also encourage him in his career. Thanking you in advance.
AGGIE - 3-Dec-14 @ 10:15 AM
i want to become an high educated man but iam poor i have no enough money for this iam 13 yaer old
khan - 25-Oct-14 @ 12:18 PM
@Brun There is help out there for gifted children. The National Association for Gifted Children is a small charity sustained mainly by fundraising and while it is not in a position to offer financial help for tuition, private tutoring, personal projects, it can offer resources you can consult if you need financial help. You can locate its 'grants, funds and scholarship' information sheet, via potentialplusuk.org.uk. Hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 20-Oct-14 @ 1:50 PM
Hello,good day. I live in warrington {UK}.l am unemployed.l have got an intelligent daughter who is 10 years old now and who is in year six now.l would like to ask for some financial assistance regarding her education.She love school and wish to become a medical doctor in future.l would like her to go to private secondary school but l have not got the money to pay her fees.Please,she need a schoolarship.Help!
Brun - 20-Oct-14 @ 10:49 AM
@mohsen - There is an Identify Gifted and Talented PDF booklet that you can download from the internet that helps in identifying the child's capabilities and from where you can register. I'm sure that will guide you in all the help you need in finding her a future scholarship. Hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 13-Oct-14 @ 2:36 PM
I am student of NRES Iam 13 years oldMy dream is to become a Docter and serve a poors My father is very poor, please can i get a scholarship
aishu - 12-Oct-14 @ 6:01 PM
I am a mother for an intelligent 8 years girl. I'd like her to have a scholarship to study in Hampshire area.
Mohsen - 12-Oct-14 @ 5:59 PM
My son is 14year old he is student of beconhouse pakistan.he is come with me in uk for visit.he is very happy to see the school system in uk.thay want tostudying in uk Manchester. Plz you advise me what is the process and school fees yearly I m very thankful
Sattar Mughal - 9-Oct-14 @ 11:05 PM
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