ScholarshipsScholarships are awarded annually for entry to Years 3 - 7 (subject to places being available) to children showing academic potential.
The scholarship assessments take place on a Saturday morning at the end of February/beginning of March. We advertise the date in the local press a few weeks in advance and will send out application forms on request. We are happy to assess all applicants but stress that successful applicants will be those who are doing exceptionally well in their current schools.
Candidates are asked to undertake a series of assessment tests in reading, spelling and maths. Year 5 and above are also required to do a non-verbal reasoning test. We then rank the candidates according to how they have performed in the tests.
The top few candidates will be offered a scholarship of 20% of the basic fees. Parents can then apply for additional bursary funding. Please note that bursary funding is limited and will be allocated to candidates in order of merit based on an assessment of the financial situation of the candidate’s parents.
If parents wish to apply for bursary funding, they are required to complete a bursary form and submit tax returns so that we can allocate the pot of funds available in the fairest way possible. We can, in exceptional circumstances, offer a scholarship and bursary funding to cover 100% of the fees plus extras.
Financial information submitted by parents is treated with the utmost confidence. Decisions regarding the level of award offered are made by the Bursary Committee (the Headmaster, the Chairman of the Governors and the Finance Bursar).
Scholarships are tenable, subject to satisfactory progress, until the pupil leaves Holmewood. Bursary funding is reviewed if the circumstances of the candidate’s parents change.
1. Scholarships are not awarded to children currently in the Pre-Preparatory department of Holmewood House.
2. We are particularly keen to give bright children in State primary schools the chance to attend Holmewood House.
3. A scholarship will only be awarded for Year 6 entry if the pupil remains at Holmewood until the end of Year 8.
Other awards are also available for entry to Year 5 and above to children showing talent in Sport, Music, Drama and Art. These are assessed separately. All candidates for these awards must attend the assessments for the academic scholarships as, to be successful, candidates must also be of an adequate academic standard.
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