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Our Scholarship Awards are for Entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+

At Downside, we seek to encourage and nurture excellence through our Scholarship Awards, and for these awards to be funded by a financial package to enable pupils to come to the school who, without the assistance of a scholarship, would not be able to do so. As a guide, scholarships are generally worth between 5% and 10% of the fees, or cover music and art lessons. This financial award may be enhanced by a means-tested bursary if parents are able to demonstrate, through application, that they could not otherwise send their child to the school.

Awards for new entrants to the school are made at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry, for excellence and potential in various fields. Please do get in touch with the Admissions team, who would be delighted to connect you with a Head of Department if you would like further information on each award.

Please see the Scholarship booklet for further information.

Please click here for Scholarship and Bursary Application and Assessment Dates.

Scholarship Awards Available

Please note: the 13+ All Rounder Scholarship and 13+ Francis Dix Awards are awarded by the School and candidates are not required to enter.

TIMINGS

11+ Entrance and Scholarship Assessment, including Music/Choral and
Sport Assessment Thursday 11th January 2024

11+ Academic Scholarship papers Morning of Friday 12th January 2024

FORMS

Please click to download further information and the relevant application form here for 11+ Scholarships.

TIMINGS

13+ Academic Scholarship – 2 days of exams
(Prospective Academic Scholars who also wish to apply for a Sport
Scholarship will complete the remaining papers on Wednesday 25th January)
Monday 22nd + Tuesday 23rd January 2024

13+ Drama Assessment Tuesday 23rd January 2024

13+ Sports Assessment and13+ Art Assessment Wednesday 24th January 2024

13+ Product Design Assessment and13+ Music/Choral Assessment Thursday 25th January 2024

FORMS

Please click to download further information and the relevant application form here for 13+ Scholarships.

TIMINGS

16+ Academic Scholarship Assessment and16+ Music/Choral/Organ Scholarship Assessment Friday 10th November 2023

16+ Art Scholarship Assessment Monday 13th November 2023

16+ Sports Scholarship Assessment and 16+ Product Design Scholarship Assessment Tuesday 14th November 2023

16+ Theatre Studies Assessment Wednesday 15th November 2023

FORMS

Please click to download further information and the relevant application form here for 16+ Scholarships.

Bursaries are means-tested and are available to pupils entering the School at all age levels. Bursaries can also be awarded to parents of current Downside pupils whose financial circumstances may have changed unexpectedly.

Bursary application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Office. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence. The Bursary application closure deadline is the end of December for entry the following academic year.

11+ & 13+ Scholarship and Bursary application deadline Wednesday 3rd January 2024

16+ Scholarship and Bursary application deadline Monday 23rd October 2023

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