Sport scholarships are offered annually at the age of 13+ and 16+. Those joining the school at 11+ may apply as internal candidates for the award at 13+; the deadline for application is 1 January. The aim of these scholarships is to recognise and encourage award holders’ sporting talents and, in doing so, to boost the performance of school teams. Sport Scholarships are worth 10% of the day fee. Any scholarship may be supplemented additionally by bursarial support, subject to means-testing. It is intended to make approximately four awards at 13+ entry and two awards at 16+ entry.
A sport scholarship worth up to 100% of the fees, following means-testing, is also available on entry at 11+ for pupils who have attended a maintained Primary School. For further details please contact the assistant registrar.
In addition, the Findlay Sixth Form Sport Scholarship is available for a local pupil from a maintained school, and is worth at least 50% and up to 100% of the day fee (see separate leaflet for full details of this award).
Sport Scholarships, excluding the Findlay Scholarship, are open to boys and girls from any school. Candidates should be under 12.0 years on 1 September in the year of entry into Year 7; under 14.0 years for Year 9; and under 17.0 years for the Sixth Form.
We are looking for pupils who meet the normal academic requirements of the school but who also demonstrate outstanding sporting ability, potential, determination and enthusiasm. Successful candidates should currently represent a sport at county standard or above and will be expected to contribute to 1st or 2nd team level in one of the other major sports of the season – rugby, football, cricket, athletics, cross-country, basketball, tennis, swimming, hockey and netball. They will also be required to respond well to guidance, work well in a team and demonstrate good leadership skills, whether by example or captaincy.
A satisfactory performance in the appropriate entrance examination is a condition of a Sport Scholarship.
Scholars will be expected to be good ambassadors and to demonstrate a willingness to contribute fully to the sporting and general life of the school. This includes a requirement for scholars to represent the school in at least two representative sports on a regular basis (three at 13+) and after finishing public examinations and an expectation to train and play with teams during periods of study leave.
All scholarships are reviewed annually and their continuance is dependent upon satisfactory conduct, attitude, participation and progress. At such a review, holders of awards are expected to assess their own contribution and to set targets for themselves.
The Director of Sport, Mr Gavin Dinsdale, is pleased to meet candidates informally at any stage to answer queries about the scholarships.