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Scholarship & Bursaries

At Holmewood House, we want to recognise pupils who evidence outstanding ability across the curriculum and offer scholarships to those showing excellence in a range of areas. Pupils for whom Holmewood House would be inaccessible without financial assistance may also apply for a bursary to cover school fees if they are successful in their scholarship application.

Our next Scholarship Day is scheduled for Saturday 8th May 2021.

Who is eligible for a scholarship at Holmewood House School?

Assessments for a scholarship take place in the academic year prior to a child entering Year 3 (7+) or Year 7 (11+). Scholarships are available to both prospective and current pupils.

Scholarship and bursary areas

We take pride in our ability to nurture pupils with outstanding ability in all areas of the curriculum. As such, we provide scholarships and bursaries to children who have proven a high degree of capability or potential in the following areas:

Year 3 entry (7+)
  • Academic
Year 7 entry (11+)
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport
  • All-Rounder (academic plus two other disciplines)

What does a scholarship entail?

Children who apply for a Holmewood House School scholarship are either awarded a scholarship or an exhibition. Levels of performance for pupils applying for scholarships are consistently high each year, and as such, we expect considerable competition for awards. For example, academic scholarships are likely to be awarded to children achieving standardised scores of 135+. For applicants who fall just short of these levels, an exhibition may instead be awarded.

Successful scholarship and exhibition applicants will receive a one-off financial award in recognition of their achievement. The amount received depends on the following:

  • Children who are awarded a scholarship, but whose parents have sufficient means to pay full fees, will receive £2000, which will be deducted from their child’s first term of fees.
  • Children who are awarded an exhibition, but whose parents have sufficient means to pay full fees, will receive £2000, which will be deducted from their child’s first term of fees.
  • Children who are awarded a scholarship or exhibition, but who, in the absence of financial support, would not be in a position to access a Holmewood education, may receive a Bursarial Award.

Bursarial Awards

The Governors of Holmewood House are committed to broadening access to the school by offering means-tested financial support with school fees to eligible parents. This support is known as a Bursarial Award and such an award may be offered to parents of children who have been awarded a scholarship or exhibition, but for whom a Holmewood education would be inaccessible without financial support.

In order to meet the requirements of the Charity Commission, bursaries are means-tested. The assessment of need is undertaken by an external company to ensure transparency and fairness. This company will, following their assessment, make a recommendation to the school for their consideration.

Bursaries are offered for twelve months at a time, after which the family is required to provide fresh information about their circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary according to fluctuations in parental income.

The application process

Prospective scholarship candidates are required to register for a place at one of our scholarship days, which take place at the start of the calendar year.

Year 3 entry (7+)

Children are invited into Holmewood for a taster day, where they will spend the morning with a form and then sit the scholarship assessments in the afternoon.

Year 7 entry (11+)

Children are invited into Holmewood for a taster day, where they will spend the morning with a form and then sit the scholarship assessments in the afternoon.

  • Art: Potential art scholars will be required to show a portfolio of their recent artwork to the Head of Art.
  • Drama: Applicants will perform a pre-prepared script to the Head of Drama.
  • Music: Applicants will be asked to perform an assigned piece of music and another of their choice for the Head of Music.
  • Sports: Scholar applicants will be asked to participate in a variety of team sports or sports skills exercises with others of the same age.

Registration

To register for a place at one of our scholarship days, please complete the following form: