The School offers a limited number of Academic Scholarships each year to pupils entering the Senior School in Year 7 and Year 9. Each Scholarship, which is awarded irrespective of parental financial circumstances, carries an element of fee remission which is usually between 5% to 20% of the annual fees.
ALL candidates will be eligible for these Scholarships which are awarded for academic excellence. NO SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NEEDED.
Those to whom Scholarships are awarded are also eligible to apply for Governors’ Bursaries (see below) which, if offered, will be given in addition to the value of the Scholarship award. Academic Scholarships are subject to annual review, wherein a Scholar’s attitude to work and academic performance will be considered.
A small number of Academic Scholarships are awarded each year by the Executive Head for existing Preparatory School boys joining the Senior School. The principal criteria for awarding these Scholarships are:
• Sustained excellence in academic performance, including evidence from progress grades and end of year examinations
• Performance in relevant Year 6 base line data tests
• Form teacher recommendation, including contribution by the pupil to the wider academic life of the School and attitudes to learning together with the ability to uphold the values stated on the School roundel through their communication and actions.
The School will inform parents by letter in February.
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS AND EXHIBITIONS
Music Scholarships are awarded each year to candidates showing special promise in music. Candidates need to qualify for a place at the School as a result of their performance in the Senior School Entrance Examination. A Music Scholarship of up to 50% of annual fees may be awarded each year to an outstanding candidate. Music Exhibitions provide free tuition in one instrument. This free tuition remains throughout a pupil’s time at Haberdashers’, although it is subject to annual review. Music Exhibitions are additional to Music Scholarships, however all Music Scholars will also hold a Music Exhibition.
Music Scholars and Exhibition holders will automatically become involved in a rich music curriculum including study, composition and performance. They will also be invited to join a wide range of ensembles in which they will experience music-making of the highest order. Parents should apply to the Director of Music who holds auditions for Music Scholarships and Exhibitions, before making recommendations to the Headmaster.
When contemplating applying for a Music Scholarship or Exhibition, candidates are warmly invited to make an appointment to visit the music department, to meet the music staff and to consider the programme which, as a Scholar, will be available to them.
The School Governors, in seeking to widen access and reduce the burden of fees for parents on whom it would rest most heavily, make Bursaries available to all new entrants to the Senior School, including those from the Preparatory School. Candidates need to qualify for a place at the School as a result of their performance in the Senior School Entrance Examination, or other selection process and financial need must be established by completion of a confidential statement of income in order to be eligible for an award.
Bursaries are means-tested awards and range in value according to financial need and the funds available. The assessment criteria is based on the obsolete Government Assisted Places Scheme, and the principle that for increasing levels of gross income parents are expected to make a greater contribution towards school fees. The award is split equally across each term and will be shown as a fee remission; the remainder of fees and any other charges for the term (eg. coach travel, music lessons etc.) are payable by the parents.
Bursaries are tenable throughout the period of a boy’s attendance at the School, subject to payment of fees, satisfactory conduct and progress, and to the continuation of financial need. Because circumstances do change, parents who require financial assistance are required to complete a new Bursary application form each year. Whilst every attempt is made to maintain Bursaries at a stable level once they have been awarded, this cannot be guaranteed.