Scholarships and Bursaries

At King’s, we passionately believe that talent, commitment and good character should always be recognised and rewarded. We are therefore delighted to offer Scholarships, All-Rounder & Leadership Awards and Bursaries to all new pupils.

We have provided an outline for each award below, including details of the application process. If you have any further questions please contact the Registrar, Vickie Peckston on 01905 721742 or email


An academic scholarship is an award made to a child who shows outstanding academic potential. All candidates sitting an entrance test at 11+, 13+ or 16+ at our main entrance testing are automatically considered for an academic scholarship - there are no separate examinations.

However, candidates for 11+ and 16+ academic scholarships will be invited to interview prior to awards being made. The size of a scholarship can vary, usually between ten percent and twenty-five percent but the maximum is never more than one-third of fees.

An academic exhibition award may be awarded to those who narrowly miss out on a scholarship award.

It is possible to be awarded both a scholarship and a bursary. The maximum combined award would normally be between one third and one-half of the fees but could be greater in the case of a gifted child from a family with limited means.

Key dates for September 2020 entry 

  • 29th January 2020 - 11+ Scholarship Interviews 

For all enquiries, please call our Registrar, Vickie Peckston on 01905 721742 or email 


Students who have a musical flair and passion could be eligible for a music scholarship.

Music scholarship awards are offered at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry. A music scholarship may be up to twenty-five percent of fees and is accompanied by free tuition in one instrument (or in singing) or a combination of the two. Holders of music awards will be expected to take a full share in the musical life of the school. They will retain their award as long as their academic and musical progress and their conduct continue to be satisfactory.

Music exhibition awards conferring free tuition in an instrument are also awarded.

If you would like your child to be considered for a music scholarship you will need to complete an application form in the first instance, followed by an audition.

Key dates for September 2020 entry

  • 23rd / 24th / 29th January 2020 - Music Scholarship Auditions

For more information, or to make an application, please download our music scholarship brochure.

All-Rounder and Leadership Awards

We have introduced the All-Rounder Awards and the Leadership Awards to support pupils who are exceptionally talented outside of academic and musical scholarship remit. These awards will look for enthusiastic contributors who will make a difference to the school across various disciplines, whether this be sport, drama, dance or art.

All-Rounder Awards are available for new entry candidates at 11+ and 13+. Leadership Awards are available for joining King’s Sixth Form (16+). Both awards are based on fee remission.

To find out more about these awards please download our information booklet.

To make an application please download the application form.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th January 2020.


Bursaries at King's are means-tested awards made to qualifying households to ensure that there is no financial barrier to prevent academically able children from being educated at the school.

In order to consider all new bursary requests consistently, applications should be made between November and early January for a bursary for those testing for entrance. During the application process parents of registered candidates will be asked, by the Registrar, to indicate if they wish this form to be sent to them.

After entrance testing has taken place, if an application has been successful, we should be in a position to inform of the level of bursarial award with offer letters, however, it may be possible that further information or clarification may be requested.

Parents should note the following:

At King's we do not publish a scale of fees payable based on household income, preferring to treat each application individually. 

Due to demand, it is not possible to offer funding to all those who apply for a bursary and get offered a place. The standard of performance in the examination will also be a factor in the distribution of the funds.

The granting of a bursary is discretionary. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the pupil such as family circumstances. Bursaries will be reassessed annually.

If you would like to make an application for a bursary, please contact the Registrar, Vickie Peckston on 01905 721742 or email to request an application form.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th January 2020.  


For information on bursaries if your child is already in the King's Foundation, please contact the Bursary, Ideally, please contact the Bursary as early as possible in the preceding academic year.


The School follows the agreed policy and practice of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) in the award of scholarships. In brief, our scholarship policy is as follows:

No scholarship award shall exceed one-third of fees in value.

Scholarship awards only bring a discount in fees if awarded at the point of a pupil joining the school. Some scholarships are awarded during a pupil's time at the school. Such scholarships are purely honorary. They are in some cases marked with book tokens.

Occasionally a pupil will be awarded a joint Academic and Music Scholarship. No pupil may hold combined scholarship awards worth more than a total of one-third of fees.

In cases of proven need, the value of scholarships may be augmented from the Bursary Fund; All such grants are means-tested.

The only types of scholarship normally awarded are Academic and Music. However, subject to the Headmaster's discretion, a candidate for the Senior School who combines good academic capability with sporting ability, leadership aptitude or other skills, may be considered for a "Leadership Award".

Awards are only retained by a pupil as long as their progress remains satisfactory. Further details are included in the Terms and Conditions.