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+ 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. At 16+ we offer Music and Academic Awards before pupils join us in the Sixth Form.

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.

Academic Awards

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. Academic Awards for pupils joining us at 11 are based on performance in our entrance tests and interview.

Music Awards

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.

We also offer Sixth Form Music Awards which are awarded before joining Bancroft’s. Award Holders will be strong musicians with the desire to extend and develop their skills in performance, alongside other musical attributes such as composition or conducting.

For the assessment, candidates are asked to prepare a recital of 15 minutes on their main instrument, a combination of instruments, and/or a portfolio of compositions. There will be a short interview. Candidates ideally will be around grade 6 or above on their first instrument and will have studied music at GCSE. Studying music at A-level is not a pre-requisite. .

The award will be for two years and carry with it two free music lessons in school, or one in school and a contribution to one out of school per week. We would strongly welcome candidates who might want to use this as an opportunity to take up a new instrument.

If you are interested in a Sixth Form Music Award, please contact for further details.

Music Award holders are expected to make a significant contribution to the musical life of 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.

Assisted Places

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 fulfil the minimum entry requirements.

To have your child considered for an Assisted Place, please do not complete the registration form.  Instead you should complete the Initial  Assessment of Income Form (follow link below).  When we have ascertained whether you could qualify for an Assisted Place, we will then contact you to invite you to complete an assisted place registration form and pay a reduced registration fee of £20.


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.





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