Life-changing opportunities


Northampton High School is part of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), the largest group of independent girls’ schools in the UK. As a charity, the GDST awards 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 focuses 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 that Northampton High offers, 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. Scholarships and bursaries usually stay in place for the time that your daughter remains at Northampton High School.

Scholarships


Awarding exceptional potential and achievement

We offer scholarships in recognition of outstanding achievement and potential. Academic Scholarships, as well as scholarships in the Performing Arts and Creative Arts, Sport and Swimming, are awarded each year.

Scholarships are awarded to selected girls entering Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form. Scholarships usually constitute 5% (and up to 10% in exceptional circumstances) of full fees and they are not means tested.


11+ (Year 7)

Academic Scholarships
All girls attending our Entrance Assessment day in January will be entered for an Academic Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to the top performing girls in the Entrance Assessment.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Dance, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls applying under the discipline of Music should be at a minimum of Grade 4 or equivalent in at least one instrument or voice. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview and/or audition in January. Applicants must also attend the Entrance Assessment day.

Sports Scholarships and the Eleanor Robinson Swimming Scholarship
Sports Scholarships and the Eleanor Robinson Swimming Scholarship will be offered to girls who show exemplary commitment to their chosen sport and/or swimming, and to school competition. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls wishing to apply for these Scholarships should compete at a minimum of County level or equivalent. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a practical interview in January. Applicants must also attend the Entrance Assessment day.


13+ (Year 9)

Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships are awarded to the top performing girls based on a combined score of the academic essay and non-verbal reasoning paper. We invite girls to sit the Academic Scholarship paper on the Entrance Assessment day in January prior to entry in September, in addition to the Entrance Assessment papers in Mathematics and English.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Dance, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls applying under the discipline of Music should be at a minimum of Grade 5 or equivalent in at least one instrument or voice. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview in January. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment papers, however are not required to sit the Academic Scholarship paper to apply for an Arts Scholarship.

Sports Scholarships and Swimming Scholarships
Sports Scholarships and Swimming Scholarships will be offered to girls who show exemplary commitment to their chosen sport and/or swimming, and to school competition. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls wishing to apply for these Scholarships should compete at a minimum of County level or equivalent. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a practical interview in January. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Assessment papers, however are not required to sit the Academic Scholarship paper to apply for a Sports/Swimming Scholarship.


16+ (Sixth Form)

Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships for Sixth Form are awarded to the top performing girls based on a combined score of an academic essay from a range of essay questions and a cognitive ability test. The Sixth Form Scholarship exam will take place in November prior to entry in the following September.

GDST Spirit Scholarships
GDST Spirit Scholarships are 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 fundraising as well as academic endeavour will be recognised. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of the results from the Academic Scholarship essay, the cognitive ability test and the student’s application letter, outlining her achievements and contributions. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in November.

Arts Scholarships
The Arts Scholarship can be applied for through Art, Dance, Drama, Fashion Textiles or Music. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls wishing to apply under the discipline of Music should be at a minimum of Grade 7 or equivalent in at least one instrument or voice. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview in November. Applicants are not required to sit the Academic Scholarship paper for an Arts Scholarship.

Sports Scholarships
Sports Scholarships will be offered to girls who show exemplary commitment to their chosen sport and school competition. We ask your daughter to complete an application form and submit it to the school with a supporting portfolio. Girls wishing to apply should compete at a minimum of County level. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a practical interview in a range of activities in November. Applicants are not required to sit the Academic Scholarship paper to apply for a Sports Scholarship.


Bursaries

We are delighted to be able to offer Bursaries for girls entering Year 7 (Upper Third) and Year 12 (6.1).

Bursaries are means tested and are awarded based on family income and assets, to the girls who show the most academic potential. Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of fees and may also include a uniform allowance, school lunches, transport to and from school and the cost of curriculum trips. However, the amount of any Bursary depends on individual circumstances, local demand and the funding available.

Bursary applications are made online directly to the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) but we are very happy to offer advice in school about the application process.

Although Bursaries usually stay in place for the time that your daughter remains at Northampton High School, you will be asked to complete an annual ‘light’ assessment, in case of a change of circumstances.

To apply for a Bursary, please register your daughter with us. We are able to accept bursary applications in October and November (closing date 30 November each year).

We write to Bursary applicants in the February prior to entry in the September with details of the Bursary offered.

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