Scholarships at UK Independent Schools

Everything you need to know about scholarships to UK schools, and a closer look at just how schools are rewarding students’ academic, sporting, musical and artistic achievements.
Scholarships at UK Independent Schools
By Carli Allan
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What are the benefits of a scholarship?



The true value of a scholarship lies in the extra opportunities that will stretch and challenge your child, both academically and beyond the classroom.

Schools will offer a dedicated programme of enrichment and extension events throughout the year such as lecture series, academic conferences, masterclasses, extra musical tuition, sports coaching. There may be opportunities to perform or compete at high profile events, have a personal mentor, and attend distinguished events such as Scholars’ Question Time and Scholars’ Suppers.

Scholars will be ‘honoured’ with additional responsibilities and expected to contribute to wider school life as ambassadors for the school. At Truro School, art scholars must produce a piece of work to decorate the 5th Year Common Room, assist with whole school art events and open days, and mentor younger students.

At Wellington School, academic scholars are expected to enter national competitions such as the Maths Olympiad. And at Buckswood School in East Sussex, parents are also expected to commit to the school in a positive way, which could be offering work experience opportunities to Sixth Formers or talking to prospective parents on open days

Scholars are kept a closer eye on in terms of punctuality and attendance; they may need to forfeit public holidays to attend school open days; and there’s no tolerance for bad behaviour.

Be prepared. Scholars are often the busiest students in a school, so if your child is looking for all the opportunities a school can throw at them – and run with it – then they will thrive.

Next: Who can apply for a scholarship?

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