Scholarships and Bursaries

Northampton High is part of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) the largest group of independent girls’ schools in the UK. As a charity, the GDST aims to award bursaries and scholarships to the brightest and most deserving girls so that the largest possible number of talented girls can receive the benefit of a GDST education.

In particular, it aims as far possible to focus its support on girls for whom the chance of a GDST education would be a transformative and life-changing experience. If your daughter would benefit from the educational experience which Northampton High is able to offer, but your family is not in a position to cover the full fees, you may be eligible for a GDST Bursary. Scholarships and bursaries may be held concurrently.

What is the difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship?

Scholarships are offered in recognition of outstanding achievement. We offer Academic Scholarships and also Scholarships in Arts and Sports. Scholarships usually constitute between 5% and 20% of full fees and they are not means tested. Scholarships are offered to selected girls entering Upper Third (Year 7), Upper Fourth (Year 9) and Sixth Form.

Commendations may also be awarded where candidates show strong ability in academic, sporting or artistic spheres, but have fallen just below the threshold for the scholarship awards. Commendations, in the form of a book prize or similar, will be presented during Awards Evening in the November of a student’s first term at the school.

Bursaries are means-tested support for girls and so are related to family income and assets. They are awarded to the girls who show the most academic potential. Bursaries can be up to 100% of fees and are offered to selected girls entering Upper Third (Year 7) and Sixth Form.

For external applications for any of the awards outlined below, applicants must register as early as possible. We advise you to do this before the October prior to entry, so nearly a year in advance of your daughter potentially joining us. 

All applications for scholarships must be made before 6 November 2017 (Sixth Form) and by 13 December 2017  (Year 7 and Year 9) for entry in September 2018.

All applications for bursaries must be made before 30 November 2017 (for the following year of entry).

11+ (Upper Third)

Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships are awarded to those who achieve the highest overall marks in the Entrance Assessments. These are held in the January prior to entry. The Entrance Examination for entry in September 2017 will take place in mid January 2018.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants complete an application form in October/November prior to joining. Applicants are shortlisted for interview with the head of the relevant subject. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in the January.

A scholarship is generally available for the Creative Arts and another for the Performing Arts. Selection for the Creative Arts Scholarship is made by interview and portfolio evidence and by interview and audition for the Performing Arts Scholarship.

Sports Scholarships
To apply for the Sports Scholarship, applicants complete an application form in the October/November prior to joining. Applicants are then shortlisted for interview in January where they attend school for a morning. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in the January.

Candidates will be assessed in a range of skills and activities. These include SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness), basic ball skills, netball, hockey and gymnastics. If a girl’s main sport is swimming she will normally also be asked to swim. The scholarship is aimed towards girls who are County level performers or equivalent in at least one sport. The major sports for the School are hockey and netball. However, at 11+ the focus is on potential and ability rather than a coached standard.

11+ Bursaries
Girls entering the Upper Third may apply for a bursary. A means-tested application must be completed in October/November in the year prior to joining and all applicants must sit the Entrance Assessment in January to be considered. Owing to high demand, we are unable to offer a bursary to all those who apply. Offers are therefore made to those who are assessed as financially eligible but who also show the most academic potential in the Entrance Assessment.

13+ (Upper Fourth)

Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships for Upper Fourth are awarded on the basis of an academic essay. This essay is sat on an Assessment Day in January prior to entry. In making the awards, we also take into consideration the overall academic school performance based on their most recent school report. Applicants must be registered by the start of term in January to sit the assessment. The date for this assessment, for entry in September 2018, will be in mid January 2018.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion/Textiles, Food or Music. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants complete an application form in October/November prior to joining. Applicants are shortlisted for interview with the head of the relevant subject. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in the January.
Selection for the 13+ Arts Scholarship is made by interview and portfolio evidence and/or audition as appropriate to the discipline involved.

Sports Scholarships
To apply for the Sports Scholarship, applicants complete an application form in the October/November prior to joining. Applicants are then shortlisted for interview in January where they attend school for a morning. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in the January.

Candidates will be assessed in a range of skills and activities. These include SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness), basic ball skills, netball, hockey and gymnastics. If a girl’s main sport is swimming she will normally also be asked to swim. The scholarship is aimed towards girls who are County level performers or equivalent in at least one sport, who we would expect to make a significant difference to a team performance.

Please note that Bursaries are not usually available for applicants to Upper Fourth.

16+ (Sixth Form)

Academic Scholarships
Academic scholarships for Sixth Form are awarded on the basis of an academic essay and standardised test. This assessment takes place in November prior to entry. 

Scholarship for Excellence
A Scholarship for Excellence is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution across a range of pursuits, both academic and extracurricular. Contribution to sport, performance, creative arts, public speaking, community service, charity fund-raising as well as academic endeavour will be recognised. The Scholarship is awarded on the basis of a 500-word essay in which the applicant outlines her achievements and contributions and makes a case for why she should receive the award. In assessing the applications, the number of years’ involvement will be considered as well as the standard of excellence reached. Particular credit may be given, for example, to evidence of initiative, a deep engagement in chosen pursuits, a scholarly approach or a commitment to service.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. All girls applying for a Scholarship for Excellence must also sit the Academic Scholarship Assessment and achieve a high standard in that Assessment in order to be considered for the Award for Excellence. This award is applied for in the November prior to entry.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion/Textiles or Music. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants complete an application form. Applicants are shortlisted for interview with the head of the relevant subject. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in November.
Selection for the Sixth Form Arts Scholarship is made by interview and portfolio evidence and/or audition as appropriate to the discipline involved.

Sports Scholarships
To apply for the Sports Scholarship, applicants complete an application form. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment in November.

Candidates will be assessed in a range of skills and activities. These include SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness), basic ball skills, netball, hockey and gymnastics. If a girl’s main sport is swimming she will normally also be asked to swim. The scholarship is aimed towards girls who are County level performers or equivalent in at least one sport, who we would expect to make a significant difference to a team performance.

Sixth Form Bursaries

Girls entering the Sixth Form may apply for a Sixth Form Bursary. These are means-tested. Applications must be completed in the October/November prior to entry and all applicants must sit the Scholarship Assessment to be considered for a bursary. Owing to high demand, the school is unable to offer a bursary to all those who apply. Offers are therefore made to those who are assessed as financially eligible but who also show the most academic potential in the Scholarship Assessment.

Sixth Form HSBC Scholarships

We are pleased to be able to also award two means-tested HSBC Scholarships worth 100% of fees. These are awarded each year to two girls joining us from the maintained sector and have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the HSBC Global Education Programme, which funds 50% of the award. All girls who have applied for a bursary will automatically be considered for a HSBC Scholarship and no separate application is needed.

One of our recent HSBC Scholarship winners says:

"An excellent education is the opportunity we need to get closer to our dreams. When I heard about the HSBC Scholarship Scheme through Northampton High School, I was excited because it meant that I would not only be granted amazing opportunities but I could actually work towards improving my life and prospects,and also those of my family. I am ambitious and hope to study Medicine, specialising in Neurology. I would like to undertake some voluntary work in developing countries in the future and I am well on my way to reaching my goals."

Pupil in Year 13 who was awarded an HSBC means-tested Scholarship.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship, you simply need to Register your daughter with us. We will contact you with details about how to apply in October prior to entry.