Assisted Places & Awards
Bancroft's offers a range of Awards and Assisted Places (Bursaries). We offer Assisted Places to children joining us at 7+, 11+ and 16+. Music Awards are given at 11+ and 16+ during their first Spring Term at Bancroft's. Sport, Art, Drama and Community Awards will be awarded internally to pupils already studying at Bancroft's. We do not offer fee remission for pupils who receive Awards; fee remission is only applicable to Assisted Places.
Awards will be based on the performance and commitment shown in the relevant area. As with other awards, Sport, Art, Drama and Community Awards are given every two years and can be re-awarded.
In assessing potential Academic Award holders, we look for academic leadership and intellectual curiosity. We try to distinguish the bright from the well drilled, the inspired from the effective and we aim to uncover flair. Considerable time is taken to ensure that the process is fair. Although awards do not carry monetary values, they are a prestigious offer extended to only the best candidates – both internal and external. Academic Award holders are among the most talented pupils here, and are often leading lights in their chosen subjects, making a wide and valuable contribution to the life of the School.
11+ Music Awards are made during the Thirds’ school year once pupils have had a chance to settle in and enjoy some of the extensive music co-curriculum we offer.
Pupils can make their application in January by completing an application form, copies of which are available in the music office or from music staff.
The assessments takes place before the end of the Spring Term with the awards starting in the Summer Term. Award holders receive free music lessons on one instrument to the end of the Lower Fourth year when the award will be reviewed by the music staff together with the individual music teacher. For exceptional pupils there might be the possibility of more than one award, particularly where someone is keen to learn a new instrument.
Music award holders are expected to make a significant contribution to the music co-curriculum at Bancroft’s and to inspire others by the setting the best example to younger pupils. The music department will give award holders every opportunity to perform at award holders concerts and provide enrichment opportunities through masterclasses, composing, music technology and conducting.
Bancroft’s has a long tradition of educating pupils of high ability from a variety of backgrounds; we are committed to broadening access to the School by offering financial support with the payment of school fees to eligible parents/guardians through our Assisted Places.
We offer Assisted Places for entry into the Prep School at 7+ and into the Senior School at ages 11+ and16+. An Assisted Place at 7+ level will only cover a pupil’s time at the Prep School but families may reapply for an Assisted Place when transferring to the Senior School.
Assisted Places are awarded following a confidential financial assessment of household income which is reassessed every year. Candidates must also fulfill the minimum entry requirements.
We would very much like to increase the number of Assisted Places we award to enable more talented children to enjoy a Bancroft’s education regardless of their families’ finances.
Further details may be found in our Assisted Places Policy.