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Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships are offered at Year 5 and Year 7 entry and are not means tested.

Year 5 – Saturday 11th January 2020
For entry into Year 5, an Academic Scholarship is available.  The application form for the Scholarship may be downloaded here.


Year 7 Scholarships 

Scholarships are available for internal and external candidates in Year 6 and are held in November. They are awarded on the basis of assessments and interviews in the following subjects:

Academic Scholarship
The academic scholarship involves assessments in English and Maths, intelligence tests and an interview. Past papers are not available. Pupils who already hold an academic scholarship should not apply.

Art Scholarship
Pupils are required to bring a selection of their art work completed within the last two years. This should include a range of observational and creative drawing/painting that demonstrates strong ability and confidence with a variety of mediums. The successful pupil should be able to talk enthusiastically about their interest in the subject/s and the inspiration for their work. They should show passion, enthusiasm and a creative thought process when applying themselves to a drawing task and a practical activity on their interview day.

Design and Technology Scholarship
The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a combination of a paper-based examination (design ideas and sketches to meet a brief), a practical exercise to determine skill, aptitude and care and an interview.  Pupils are expected to bring with them a piece of work of which they are proud.

Music Scholarship
This scholarship is available to pupils who will make a significant contribution to the quality of music at the school.  Applicants will be asked to attend an audition and an interview with the Director of Music, and will be asked to present a prepared piece on each of their instruments. As a guide to parents and instrument teachers we would normally expect candidates to have achieved around Grade IV in their first instrument. However, we will assess potential as well as ability.  Applicants should demonstrate clear enthusiasm for music, and an intention to make excellent progress in their musical studies.

Sports scholarships
Scholarships are awarded to pupils who will make a significant contribution to the quality of sport at the school.  Candidates must have experience of or the potential to play at county standard in one or more of Orwell Park’s major sports, although other sports may be taken into consideration.  They will undertake physical assessments (endurance, agility and coordination) as well as taking part in a game situation.  Successful candidates will display high levels of commitment, motivation and coachability, both in the practical assessments and at interview. Applications should be supported by a current sporting CV.

All Rounder Scholarship
These are awarded to pupils who do well academically and who have the potential to contribute to one or more other areas of school life (eg sport or music). We do not hold a separate assessment for this scholarship.

Most scholarship awards are between 10% and 25% of fees.  For non-academic awards, pupils must meet the school’s academic entrance requirements.


We have a limited number of Bursary Awards available to candidates of high academic or all-round ability for families who could not otherwise afford the school fees.  These awards are means tested and reviewed on an annual basis.

Armed Forces
The school also offers bursaries worth 20% of the fees to military families.

For more information on Scholarships and Bursaries please contact the Registrar, Bernadette Ross-Smith, on or telephone 01473 653224.

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