Scholarships & Means Tested Awards at 16+ for Entry 2020

Academic Scholarships at 16+

The School awards Academic and 
Music Scholarships and Means Tested Awards in the Sixth Form. We expect 
all potential scholars to have mainly 9 and 8 predictions from their current 
school and a very positive reference. 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.

Candidates who are not awarded a Scholarship may be offered a fee-paying place at the School subject to gaining the minimum entry requirements of at least five 9 or 8 grades at GCSE. Those who have applied for scholarships only are not considered for fee-paying places, even if their performance was good enough to have earned them a place in the School.

Candidates who are offered a Scholarship must also fulfil the minimum entry requirements.  These awards continue whilst the pupil maintains their educational potential and abides by the School rules and policies.

Academic Scholarships each covering up to 50% (half) of the school fee are normally available to new applicants to the school on the basis of academic distinction in the entrance exam and at interview, without reference to parental income.

Means Tested awards at 16+

Means Tested Awards (also known as Bursaries) are designed to support pupils of high ability whose parents provide evidence that they might not otherwise be able to afford the full school fee.  The value of an award depends on a number of factors, including total income and the number of dependent children.  The assessment of the level of financial assistance is calculated on a graduated scale after parents/guardians have submitted a comprehensive confidential statement of their income and assets on a duly completed Financial Disclosure Form (FDF Form), together with any additional information, confirmations and supporting documentation which may be required.

Means Tested Awards are given based on the results of the Sixth Form Entrance Exam with school reports and interviews playing an important part.

Music Scholarships at 16+

16+ Music Scholarship Application Form

Bancroft’s offers a Sixth Form Music Scholarship worth up to half of the school fees plus tuition on one instrument at school or a contribution towards tuition on one instrument outside school.

The award will be conditional on meeting Bancroft’s minimum entry requirements and continue whilst the pupil maintains their educational potential and abides by the school rules and policies.  Music Scholarship candidates are expected to be at least Grade 7 in practical skills.

Music Scholars are 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 and setting a good example to, and encouraging other pupils.  They should attend weekly instrumental lessons and ensemble activities and be seen to make good progress on their main instrument.  They will also be a member of one of the school choirs.

Music Auditions

Auditions for the Music Scholarship will take place in the autumn term near the time of other Sixth Form entrance exams.  Music Auditions for entry September 2019 will be held on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

At the audition, candidates will be asked to:

  • perform two contrasting pieces on their main instrument (this may include singing)
  • complete some sight reading
  • do aural tests
  • have short interview

There is no written examination.  Music which requires an accompaniment must not be performed unaccompanied.  Candidates are welcome to bring their own accompanist, but this is not essential. If a candidate requires an accompanist they will also need to send in the music for this.

Pieces must be properly prepared under the guidance of a teacher.  In the case of the recorder and singing, for example, it is not usually sufficient to have played or sung in a large class group.  The ability to read from musical notation, vocal quality above the average and intelligent interpretation should all be evident.

Please arrange our Director of Music, to receive by no later than 24 October,  a report/reference(s) from the candidate’s instrumental teacher(s) and any other relevant information regarding musical events that he/she has been involved in within the last twelve months.  If the candidate has asked that we provide an accompanist, we should be grateful if you would also send in the music for this.


To apply for a place in the Sixth Form starting in September 2020, all candidates must complete an application form before 24 October 2019.

Further information and application forms are available from The Admissions Registrar, Mrs Stephanie Wallis:

0208 506 6761

Please note that we are changing the way in which we award scholarships  at 16+ from September 2021.

Scholarships from 2021


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