Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and Bursaries

 

NEW: GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXTERNAL CANDIDATES: SEPTEMBER 2025 ENTRY (BROCHURE) 

External Candiate Brochure: 11+, 13+ and 16+

 

Please note that scholarships and bursaries are only available for pupils at the Senior School and Sixth Form

The Difference Between Scholarships and Bursaries 

Both scholarships and bursaries are ways of offering pupils reduced fees.  Scholarships are offered to very able pupils and bursaries are offered to pupils who can demonstrate the need for financial support (ISI - Independent Schools Council).  At Ewell Castle School it is possible to apply both for a scholarship and a bursary for entry at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form.  All scholarships at Ewell Castle School (other than Year 7 academic scholarships*) must be applied for, and all bursaries must be applied for by the application deadline (see bottom of this page). 

*All Year 7 pupils sitting the entrance assessments are automatically considered for an academic scholarship, you do not have to apply.

 

September 2025 Entry into the Senior School 

Candidates wishing to be considered for a Senior School academic scholarship must attend the Entrance Assessment Day on Thursday 21st November 2024, where they will sit papers in English, Mathematics and standardised reading.  Any candidate sitting the assessments on the reserve date cannot apply for a scholarship.

  • The application deadline, including scholarships and to register an interest in receiving a bursary application pack is Friday 25th October 2024 for both 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.
  • The Art, Photography and DT portfolio submission deadline is Friday 25th October 2024.
  • Senior School Entrance Assessment Day and Scholarship Day is Thursday 21st November 2024.
  • Senior School Entrance Assessment reserve date is Friday 29th November 2024.

 

Internal Ewell Castle School Candidates:

For 11+ internal candidates
Pupils applying for scholarships in Year 7 may apply for up to two scholarship subjects from Creative Arts and Sports, in addition to being automatically assessed for an Academic scholarship. 

Academic: no application form is needed, these are awarded to the top performing candidates after the entrance assessments on 21st November 2024.

Creative Arts: Art, Design and Technology (DT), Dance, Drama, and Music.

Sports: Football, Netball and Rugby. Information regarding all of these can be found on this web page.  The deadline for applications is Friday 25th October 2024, please email all applications to admissions@ewellcastle.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Scholarship day is Thursday 21st November 2024.  

 

 [Details on 13+ and 16+ scholarships will be available shortly.]

 

Thursday 21st November 2024: Entrance Assessment and Scholarship Day - for entry September 2025: 11+ and Sixth Form 

Applications for scholarships for September 2025 entry must be received by Friday 25th October 2024 for both 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.  All external scholarship applications must be accompanied by an application form and £125.00 registration fee to join Ewell Castle School. 

Current pupils need not complete a School application form or submit a registration fee.

Ewell Castle School offers a number of scholarships at 11+, 13+ and for entry to the Sixth Form in a range of areas: Academic, Art, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Performing Arts and Photography (both Sixth Form only) and Sport. There are no scholarships available at the Preparatory School.

 

Portfolios

Art, Photography, Design and Technology and Music (Composition only) Portfolios: pupils applying for scholarships in these subjects will be asked to submit their portfolios to the School by Friday 25th October 2024.  They can be collected following their assessments at the School on Thursday 21st November 2024

Please note that our Entrance Assessment and Scholarship Day is Thursday 21st November 2024.  Any pupil wishing to be considered for any of our scholarships MUST attend on this day and sit the relevant papers on this day, as well as taking part in any subject specific assessments. 

For 11+ entry, there will be a further opportunity to sit the English and Maths entrance assessments on our reserve date of Friday 29th November 2024,  pupils sitting papers on this day r cannot be considered for a scholarship.

 

Academic Scholarships

The top performing candidates who sit our School entrance assessment on Thursday 21st November 2024 will be offered academic scholarships and will be notified of this in their offer letter. Only candidates who sit the entrance assessments on this day can be considered for an academic scholarship. 

 

Sixth Form Academic Scholarships

All pupils wishing to be considered for a Sixth Form academic scholarship, must complete the relevant scholarship application form which must accompany an application to join the School and the £125.00 registration fee (external applicants only).  Sixth Form applicants will sit two subject papers of their choice on Thursday 21st November 2024.  Please note that scholarships awarded will relate to subject choices at A-level.  Only candidates who sit the entrance assessments on the 21st November 2024 can be considered for an academic scholarship. If a pupil is awarded a Sixth Form scholarship in a particular subject, if they later 'drop' the subject that the scholarship is awarded in upon entry into the Sixth Form, the scholarship may be withdrawn. 

 

Art, Photography, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships

If you wish to apply for one of the following scholarships: Art, Photography, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Performing Arts, Sport and the cricket academy, you must submit the relevant scholarship application forms, testimonials etc. as required by each individual subject/sport, in addition to ticking the scholarship box on the application form. Please note that if you tick the scholarship box on the application form, but do not submit any of the necessary forms by the deadline, you will not have applied for a scholarship.  

All of the above scholarship practical assessments will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 21st November 2024.  Only candidates who sit the English and Maths entrance assessments, as well as any relevant Art, Photography, Dance, DT, Drama, Music, Performing Arts or Sports assessments on this day can be considered for an academic scholarship.  If your child is being assessed for more than one scholarship, they will need to spend the day with us and will be provided with lunch and refreshments during the day.

Reserve Date for English and Maths assessements only: There will be a further opportunity to sit the English and Maths entrance assessments on our reserve date of Friday 29th November 2024. These candidates will be considered for academic scholarships, but no other scholarships can be taken on this date.

Scholarship awards are usually in the region of 10% to 25% remission of fees per scholarship.

See below for information about scholarships.   

 

Scholarship Retention Process and Criteria

Scholarships are awarded subject to the pupil achieving and maintaining the standards expected of a scholarship pupil, which are set by the respective Head of Department and/or the Principal.  If a pupil chooses to drop a scholarship subject, the scholarship award becomes null and void (the moment the subject is dropped) as is the remission of fees pertaining to that scholarship.  Pupils who are awarded a subject/department specific scholarship for entry to Year 7 are expected to select that subject when they choose their GCSE options in Year 9.  If they do not select that subject, then they risk having the scholarship and remission of fees removed.  Pupils who are awarded a subject/department specific scholarship for entry to Year 12 must study that subject in Year 12.  If upon entry into Year 12 the pupil then decides to drop the subject that their scholarship is in, the pupil risks having the scholarship and remission of fees removed.

To retain their scholarship/s, all scholars must ensure they perform at a consistently high level each School term and have a termly review of their progress assessed against the relevant department’s set criteria and standards.  Pupils are assessed according to the scholarship retention rating criteria and a comment from the Head of Department, and any who fail to reach the criteria and standards are given a term in which to improve their performance.  Those who fail to do so risk having their scholarship/s withdrawn at the end of the term in which they failed the scholarship retention rating criteria.

 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SEPTEMBER 2025 ENTRY IS 25th OCTOBER 2024 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry

 

SEPTEMBER 2025 ENTRY - SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Please click on the link HERE to download the the September 2025 Entry Scholarship form.

  

BURSARIES

Bursaries: Deadline to request a Bursary Application for September 2025 entry is 25th October 2024

Registering for a bursary application and applying for a Bursary   

Step by step process:

1. Apply for a place at the School and pay the registration fee by 25.10.24

2. Note on the registration form interest in applying for a Bursary by 25.10.24

3. A Bursary application and cover letter will be emailed to all Bursary applicants by 28.10.24

4. Bursary applications to be returned direct to Bursary Adminstration Ltd by 08.11.24

5. Interviews with Bursary Administration Ltd to be carried out 18 - 22.11.24 - applicants must make themselves available for interview in order to be considered for a bursary

6. Bursary Administration will return their assessment reports to the School and outcome letters will be sent to applicants mid December

 

General information

Bursaries are available for pupils in the Senior School, from the start of Year 7 to the end of Sixth Form, as part of the School’s commitment to Public Benefit. Ewell Castle School seeks to offer financial support with fees for as many families as possible, by following Charity Commission advice and providing remission for fees of under 50% (including any scholarship awards) except in exceptional circumstances.  The bursary award is at the discretion of the Governors and will be dependent on the funds available to the School and the demand in any particular year. 

Pupils will need to satisfy academic entry requirements to be considered for such an award. Parents are required to submit a confidential bursary application - statement of financial circumstances - at the time they apply to the School, along with other supporting evidence as requested in the application form.  The School has employed the services of Bursary Administration Limited (BAL) to review the applications and documentation on behalf of the School for the next academic year.  This will involve an online interview during w/b 18.11.24 for which applicants must make themselves available (exact dates will be arrange directly with BAL).  The resulting report will be considered by the Principal and Bursar and the outcome communicated to you with your offer of a place by mid December 2024. 

Please note that the School reserves the right to withdraw a bursary award should fees remain unpaid.  Bursaries are reviewed at each Key Stage (going into Year 10 and joining the Sixth Form) although the School may request more frequent (eg annual) reviews if considered necessary.

 

How to request a Bursary Application Pack

To request a Bursary Application Pack, please email bursar@ewellcastle.co.uk by 25th October 2024.  

 

Bursary Renewals
Families whose children are currently in receipt of a bursary and are due to change key stage will follow the same process and deadline dates show above, as for new applicants to the School.