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Scholarships and Bursaries

A scholarship is an award for excellence in academic study, the arts or sport. For many of our 150 scholars, this award serves primarily as an acknowledgement of their achievements; they have a modest financial award, usually to a value of 5% of the School fees. For others, a scholarship can also be a route to securing more significant financial support via a means-tested bursary. 

A boy may apply for more than one scholarship (e.g. Academic and Music and Art).

We ask the parents of bursary applicants to complete a confidential statement of financial circumstances, in order for us to establish the appropriate level of assistance that may be required. Some of our bursaries do not require an applicant to win a scholarship, but most have specific criteria that candidates must meet in order to be considered. Click here for a list of the Entrance Awards for September 2016.

YEAR 7 AWARDS (UK Applicants ONLY)

 

Apply by early October of Year 6

All Year 7 awards fund up to 100% of the School's fees from Years 9 to 13, plus Years 7 and 8 at a prep school.

John Lyon’s Charity Bursaries are available to boys who:

  • need substantial financial support;
  • have been resident in Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, or Westminster for more than two years; and
  • are at least at Key Stage 2 attainment level 5 (if they are in a state primary school) or are expected to achieve at least 65% as an average pass mark at Common Entrance (if they are at a prep school). 

Peter Beckwith Scholarships are available to boys who:

  • could not otherwise afford a boarding school education;
  • show significant potential in sport, music, drama or some other creative activity; and
  • are of a standard that might well ultimately lead to Oxbridge admission.

On receipt of an application form, we request a reference from the applicant’s current school. We then invite shortlisted candidates to a one-day assessment (comprising tests in Mathematics, English and IQ, a group activity, and a music test for musicians) at the School in January of Year 6.

We announce the results in February of Year 6.

YEAR 9 AWARDS

Apply by December/January of Year 8.

(Please see Key Dates for specific dates).

All Year 9 scholarships are worth up to 5% of the School fees and can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary to cover up to 100% of the fees.

Academic Scholarships

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship candidates should have achieved at least a Grade 5 Distinction in their principal instrument and most candidates offer two instruments. Extra credit will be given to those who sing to a high standard in an established choir.

The one-day Music Scholarship assessment involves a performance of two contrasting pieces played on the main instrument, aural tests, sight reading, a viva voce (informal interview and aural tests) and, optionally, one piece played on a second or third instrument, or singing. We recommend that candidates arrange a pre-audition with the Director of Music, Mr David Woodcock, six months to two years before the assessment.

We announce the results of the Music Scholarship assessment in February of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examinations.

Art Scholarships

Art Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate skill, imagination and the ability to work independently.

The one-day assessment involves a portfolio inspection and interview with the Director of Art, a drawing exercise from direct observation, and a recommendation from a boy’s current Head. We accept work in any medium, although we advise against bringing in large, three dimensional works; good quality photographs will suffice.

We announce the results of the Art Scholarship assessment in March of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examination.

Outstanding Talent Scholarships

Outstanding Talent Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate exceptional talent or potential in at least one activity in which they would make a significant contribution to School life. Candidates should discuss their particular talent with the Admissions Office before applying.

The one-day assessment takes place in February of Year 8. Design and Technology candidates should present a portfolio of recent graphical work, consisting of a wide range of techniques from ideas to finished drawings, which show a high degree of flair and imagination. Computer-aided design work may form a part of the submission. Completed objects should also be submitted. Drama candidates will be auditioned in the Ryan Theatre and will be expected to show creativity, verve and excellent vocal and physical skills. The audition will involve a two-minute speech from a Shakespeare play, a two-minute speech from a play written after 1950 (both of these being the candidate’s choice and both being committed to memory) and an improvisation exercise. Candidates will also have an informal interview.

Sports candidates would normally be of county/academy standard although, if this level has not been reached, awards may be based on the potential to reach it. A candidate offering Athletics as his talent must specify his specialist event.

We announce the results of the Outstanding Talent Scholarship assessments in March of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examinations.

 

 

Bursaries

Year 9 Bursaries include:

 

  • The Sherwood Award, for candidates who live in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire;
  • The HJ Flower and H Gower Award, for very strong candidates who are the sons of serving members of the British armed forces; and
  • The Derek Kelsey and Richard Lister-Buttle Awards, for very strong candidates who are the sons of Old Harrovians. 

 

Please indicate on the Scholarship and Bursary Application Form if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

 

Sixth Form Awards

Apply in Year 11

Sixth Form Scholarships (normally 5% of the School fees), are awarded for academic or musical ability, or for outstanding talent in some other area, including sport and music.

Candidates for a Music Scholarship must be Grade 8 or equivalent in at least one instrument. Candidates for an Outstanding Talent Scholarship in sport should already be competing for their county or at a higher level. Candidates should discuss their particular talent with the Admissions Office before applying.

The assessment for a Sixth Form takes place at Harrow as part of general application testing and candidates for a Music or Outstanding Talent Scholarship are given a practical test.

Bursaries

Sixth Form Scholarships can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary and these together can cover up to 100% of the School fees. Please click here for a list of the Entrance Awards for September 2016.

Please also indicate on your Scholarship and Bursary application form if you wish to be considered for a bursary such as The Kane Family Award, which funds up to 95% of fees for a Sixth Form candidate from the London Borough of Harrow.