Scholarships & Assisted Places
Bancroft's offers a range of Scholarships and Assisted Places (Bursaries). At 7+ we offer up to two Assisted Places. Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships and Assisted Places are also available for children joining us at 11+ and 16+. In addition, from September 2021 we will offer Sport, Drama and Art Scholarships. These will be awarded internally to pupils already studying at Bancroft's. We do not offer fee remission for pupils who are awarded Scholarships; fee remission is only applicable to Assisted Places.
Please note that changes in how we award Scholarships does not apply to children who joined us before September 2021and are already in receipt of a Scholarship. There will be no change to the fee remission that is currently awarded as part of a Scholarship.
We offer around 15 Academic Scholarships each year as a recognition of excellent performance in our 11+ Entrance Exam. These Scholarships are awarded initially for one year; after that, Scholarships are awarded every two years on the basis of continuous achievement and approaches to learning. Scholarships can be re-awarded. We also award a few Academic Scholarships on entrance to the Sixth Form for those applying from outside for 16+ entry.
There is a small prize (usually a book token) for the award of an Academic Scholarship, but Bancroft’s only offers fee-remission on a means-tested basis – these are known as Assisted Places. A pupil may be both a recipient of an Assisted Place and an Academic (or other) Scholarship, eligibility for each is entirely separate.
A Scholarship is not an award that carries a monetary value, but is a prestigious offer extended to only the best candidates – both internal and external. Academic Scholarship holders are amongst 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.
Bancroft’s offers between two and four Music Scholarships each year after assessment as part of the 11+ entrance process. Like Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships are awarded initially for one year, but after that Music Scholarships are awarded every two years on the basis of continuous commitment to music making at the School. Music Scholarships can be re-awarded. We also award a few Music Scholarships on entrance to the Sixth Form for those applying from outside for 16+ entry.
There is a prize for the award of a Music Scholarship (free tuition on one or two instruments), but Bancroft’s only offers fee-remission on a means-tested basis A pupil may be both a recipient of an Assisted Place and a Music Scholarship, eligibility for each is entirely separate.
Music Scholarships are awarded at 11+ to children with outstanding musical talent. The likely candidates are going to be strong musicians who will already be playing to at least Grade 5 standard but will have the desire to extend and strengthen their skills. Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded on the basis of the school entrance examination, an assessment, and an interview. Candidates for the Music Scholarship must pass the school’s entrance examination. Following the academic entrance examination in January, candidates whose reports and references are promising are invited for the assessment day.
A Music Scholar will be expected to make a strong contribution to the music department and the musical life of the school by attending, and performing in, a variety of concerts and musical events; setting a good example to, and encouraging other pupils. In return we will enrich their lives as musicians with a wealth of opportunity in our busy co-curriculum and with concert visits and masterclasses. Our Music Scholars are amongst the most musically talented pupils at Bancroft’s; they make a wide and valuable contribution to the musical life of the School.
For the assessment, candidates will be invited to spend a day in the Bancroft’s music department where they will observe a music class, take part in a music workshop and will perform on their instruments and/or singing. More details will be sent to the successful candidates but they should expect to perform one piece on their first instrument and one piece on their second instrument if they have one. Candidates should choose repertoire that shows their potential. An accompanist will be provided and candidates should not perform music intended to have an accompaniment without one.
The award will be for two years and carry with it one free music lesson in school, or 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 to diversify and compliment their existing skills.
Candidates should fill in the application form with a resume, written by themselves, of their musical career to date, along with a reference from their school music teacher and their first instrument teacher. References should be sent directly to Mrs Wallis to accompany the Music Scholarship Application form.
From September 2021, in addition to Academic and Music Scholarships, Bancroft’s will be offering Sport, Art and Drama Scholarships. These are only awarded after a pupil has joined the school and will be based on the performance and commitment shown in the relevant area. As with other scholarships, Sport, Art and Drama Scholarships are awarded every two years and can be re-awarded; there is no fee-remission for any of these Scholarships. The criteria for eligibility is available separately.
Overview of Scholarships:
The table below shows the number and type of Scholarships available to different year groups
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In assessing potential scholars, 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.
From 2021, we will be looking to increase the number of Assisted Places (Means Tested Awards) that we offer. Currently 5% of our pupils have Assisted Places and we would very much like to increase this figure so enabling more talented children to enjoy a Bancroft’s education regardless of their families’ finances.
Candidates who are offered a Scholarship or Assisted Place must also fulfill the minimum entry requirements.
Candidates who only apply for an Assisted Place will not be considered for a fee-paying place, even if their performance was good enough to have earned them a place in the School.