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Scholarships and Bursaries

At St Bees School, we believe in rewarding excellence. We also believe in trying to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford an education at this school. We therefore have a variety of scholarships and bursaries which are allocated each year to deserving cases. Although the number of awards is limited in number, all cases are carefully considered.


St Bees School offers several scholarships a year for excellence in:
Academic subjects
All Rounder

Purpose of Scholarships

Scholarships are designed to reward excellence and to celebrate exceptional talent. In recognition of this achievement, the scholar is offered a maximum 10% reduction in the fees throughout his/her time at St Bees School, subject to an annual review. In addition, music exhibitions are offered where pupils receive free tuition in their musical instrument[s]. Parents are asked to indicate on the registration form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship. Details of the arrangements will be sent to all who express an interest. We encourage parents of scholars who anticipate that they will experience difficulty in meeting the balance of the tuition fees to apply at the same time for one of the school’s means-­‐‑tested bursaries described below, when they register their child.

Academic Scholarships

Candidates who apply for academic scholarships are selected from the most outstanding performers in the entrance tests.
Scholarships are held for the duration of a pupil’s time at the school, provided his/her conduct is satisfactory.

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded to outstanding musicians who play any instrument or sing with exceptional ability. Candidates must obtain a specialist reference from their current head of music in addition to a reference from their headteacher. They will be required to perform 2 short pieces on one or more instruments and to complete a short written paper, together with aural and practical tests. There will also be interviews with the director of music, or a member of the music department. He/she will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to music and will be expected to make a contribution to the musical life of the school throughout their time at the school. Music scholarships will only be awarded to pupils who have passed the school’s entrance tests.

Sports Scholarships

Sports scholarships are awarded to outstanding, all-­‐‑round sportsmen/women who have achieved a high level of competence in one or more sports. We would normally expect a pupil applying for a Sports Scholarship to be working at County Level or above. He/she will be assessed and interviewed by the director of sport and will be expected to demonstrate qualities of leadership and team play of a very high order. Candidates will be required to provide a specialist reference from their current director of sport. They will be expected to make a contribution to the sporting life of the school throughout their time at the school. Sports scholarships will only be awarded to pupils who have passed the school’s entrance tests.

All Rounder Awards

All Rounder Awards are for pupils who offer significant involvement in at least two areas of the School’s life (eg sport, music, drama, academic). Parents will need to apply, and awards are made following an assessment at school.


St Bees School’s bursary programme is generous and is designed to make it possible for as many as possible of those who meet the School’s entry criteria to take up a place here. The school offers several means-­‐‑tested awards annually to entrants at the usual points of entry, where the parents have indicated on the registration form that they require financial support. Bursaries are means-­‐‑tested in accordance with the criteria available from the Bursar. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need; but can extend to 100% remission in cases of proven need. Before the offer of a bursary is confirmed, a member of staff will normally visit the family at their home.

Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income. The school’s practice is to allocate its entire available bursary funding on entry. The school’s expectation is that parents, who do not choose to apply for a bursary at the time that their child is being assessed, will not require financial support throughout the time that their child attends the school, except in wholly unforeseen circumstances.

Our bursary policy can be obtained from the Bursar.


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