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Bursaries and Scholarships


One of the Governors’ main objectives is to make a Westholme education financially available to as many as possible. To that end the tuition fees charged by Westholme are amongst the lowest in the country. However there are still some parents whose income prevents them from considering Westholme for their children and for those situations the Governors make further provision through Governors’ Bursaries.


These are normally available only to external pupils entering Year 7 or Year 12. If parents’ relevant income exceeds £60,000 per annum then it is most unlikely that an application will be successful. The award is based on relevant family income tempered by performance at the Entrance Examination. Normally a Governors’ Bursary award will not exceed 50% of fees. All applications must be supported by a financial statement completed on a proforma available from the Finance Office and coupled with documentary evidence of income. Other normal charges such as lunches and optional extras such as coach travel and individual music tuition, also need to be taken into consideration. Although offered on an annual basis, the expectation is that an award will run for the whole time a pupil is at Westholme, assuming little change in financial circumstances and satisfactory progress by the pupil concerned.

Each year bursaries are reassessed and parents will be required to submit an annual declaration of income and assets. A family may be eligible for bursaries for two or more children simultaneously.

If you want to apply for a bursary, you should tick the relevant box on the School Application Form. It needs to be emphasised that an application does not automatically guarantee an award. An independent assessor will complete a home visit and interview with all applicants. If you require any further information on bursaries, please do not hesitate to contact the Fees Secretary on: feessecretary@westholmeschool.com


Westholme Scholarships are available at the Principal’s discretion to award excellence and potential in a variety of areas.

Entry into the Junior School (Year 3)

Academic and Music Scholarships are available for entry into Year 3. Awards of up to £300 per term discounted against school fees will be available and the amount of the Scholarship awarded will depend upon the standard reached. The tenure of the award will last for as long as the child remains at Westholme Junior School. Awards will commence on 1st September of Year 3 and run to the end of Year 6, by which time pupils will have the opportunity to sit for Senior School Scholarships. Pupils must be under 8 on 1st September on the year of application. There is no set number of awards; they will be awarded on merit. The successful applicants will be expected to show commitment to their studies and to the School, its functions and appropriate events throughout their time at Juniors. The final decision of all Scholarships rests with the Headteacher, Principal and selection panel; no further correspondence will be entered into and exact marks will not be shared.

Academic Scholarships
Pupils will be given an opportunity to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills appropriate for their age as well as show academic potential through baseline testing. There will also be some challenges and puzzles to look at via group interaction and problem solving. Children will also be required to prepare a topic, perhaps with visual support, to discuss in a 10 minute conversation with a senior teacher. Confidential reports from the candidate’s current school will also be sought to give an idea of standing in relation to their peers and all round suitability.

Music Scholarships
Music Scholarship candidates should present evidence of particular talent on an instrument (the voice counting as an instrument). Candidates are normally expected to be working towards Grade 1 equivalent, and to have been learning their instrument for a minimum of 12 months. The Music Scholarship test will comprise:
? The performance of one piece on the candidate’s instrument
? A series of short listening and response
? A discussion of the candidate’s musical interests and experience to date. Music scholars will also be expected to undertake an academic assessment, the results of which will contribute to their overall application.

A written report will be required from the candidate’s music teacher before a Music Scholarship test can take place. It is therefore recommended that parents speak to their child’s teacher before an application is submitted, advising them that a written report will be required and by which date. The content of written instrumental reports remains confidential to the School.
For the 2020 Year 3 intake, Scholarship assessments will take place on Tuesday?14th January 2020.*

*Please note, for candidates applying to join Westholme from other schools, the associated assessment fee of £45 will still apply for the Scholarship examinations.

Applications for Year 3 Scholarships should be received by Friday 6th December 2019. To request an application form, please contact the Registrar on 01254 506070. You will be informed of the outcome of the assessments and interview by post in early February.

Entry into the Senior School (Year 7)

Academic Scholarships of up to 15% of termly tuition fees are available for award to students entering Year 7 following the results of the Entrance Examination, interview and reference from the relevant primary school and on other talents as identified by the Principal. The Academic Scholarship is awarded on performance and cannot be applied for.

Music Scholarships are available for award on entry to Year 7 following a music audition, supplemented by a reference from the student’s current music teacher. Candidates should be of at least grade 3 standard on one or more musical instruments (the voice is classed as an instrument), although it is not essential for them to have taken a grade 3 examination. The maximum award for each Scholarship is 10% of termly tuition fees. These awards are conditional upon the continued commitment of the recipient to the musical life of the School.

Sport Scholarships were introduced for the 2018 Year 7 intake and are worth up to 10% of termly tuition fees. The Sport Scholarships are conditional upon the student’s commitment to the sporting life of Westholme and will be awarded following a practical skill and fitness test, an interview with the Heads of the PE Department and a written testimonial from the student’s current sport club or coach. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in at least one sport. The assessment date for Sport Scholarship applications is Tuesday 7th January 2020.

High standards of conduct, assumption of responsibility and a strong work ethic will be expected from all students and the Scholarship could be withdrawn if such conditions are not kept. Parents who, for financial reasons, would want to seek an award in excess of the Scholarship amount awarded may also apply for a bursary. Further details on Scholarships are available from the Registrar:?registrar@westholmeschool.com

Entry into the Sixth Form (Year 12)

A number of Scholarships are available at Lower Sixth entry to recognise academic excellence, or excellence in Academia, Art & Design, Drama or Music. The amount will be at the Principal’s discretion.

In the November preceding enrolment, all candidates sit a Scholarship Examination and have an interview with the Principal and Head of Sixth Form. The examination for September 2020 intake is Wednesday 6th November 2019. A reference is also requested from their current school to ascertain predicted GCSE grades and an overview of the student’s conduct and contribution to school life. Those applying for a Music or Drama Scholarship have a subject specific audition and those applying for an Art & Design Scholarship also present their portfolio to the Head of Art. The outcomes of the examination, interview, reference and audition or presentation, if applicable, are the criteria used to decide whether a Scholarship will be awarded.

Further details on scholarships are available from the Reistrar: registrar@westholmeschool.com