Wimbledon High School is part of the largest group of independent girls' schools in the UK, the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). As a charity, the GDST aims to seek out the brightest, most deserving girls for bursaries and scholarships so that the largest possible number of talented girls can benefit from a GDST education.
In particular, we aim as far as possible to focus our support on girls who whom the chance of a GDST education would be a transformative, life-changing experience.
If your daughter would benefit form the educational experience offered at Wimbledon High School, but your family is not in a position to cover the full fees, you may be eligible for a GDST bursary. Bursaries are means-tested and worth up to 100% of fees. The GDST document below outlines the criteria the GDST use in their assessment for eligibility.
What’s the difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship?
The key difference is that a bursary is means-tested and a scholarship isn’t. The GDST offers bursaries so that a GDST education is accessible to the best and the brightest girls, including those who are not in a position to pay full fees. See the leaflets uploaded at the bottom of this page for more information.
All bursaries are means-tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family. Bursaries can range from 30% up to a maximum of the full published fees. Bursary candidates must meet the same academic standards in our entrance assessments as other candidates to whom we offer places.
Scholarships are awarded on merit, irrespective of financial means. Offers are made based upon performance in the entrance examinations or audition for Year 7, or in the case of Sixth Form scholarships for outstanding ability demonstrated in individual subjects and disciplines. A Scholarship can be combined with a bursary where there is financial need.
How does the Bursary and Scholarship scheme work?
Scholarships and bursaries are available at Trust schools on the following basis:
· They are only awarded to girls aged 11 or over to help finance their secondary education. Most scholarships and bursaries are awarded during the year before entering Year 7 or on direct entry into the Sixth Form. Each school has a cash-limited budget each year and so inevitably awards cannot be made to all those who qualify on academic grounds
· Bursaries are only normally made available to girls whose parents have been resident in the EU for the two years prior to a bursary application being made.
· Scholarships and bursaries may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Headmistress, in the event of unsatisfactory work or conduct. This action will only occur as the culmination of a process of communication and guidance between the school and home
What do you need to do next if you wish to apply for a bursary?
Indicate on the registration form that you wish to apply for financial support. Once the application has been received you will be sent login details to enable you to access the online bursary application. If you need help in completing the form, please contact Mrs Heather Anzante Senior Admissions Secretary at the School on 020 8971 0900, or the Main GDST Bursary Department on 0207 393 6666, who will be happy to assist you.
Scholarships available at Wimbledon High School:
At 16+ we offer Academic Scholarships and Scholarships in, Art, Drama, Sport and Music. Please see the leaflet below and if interested in applying for a Scholarship. Sixth Form Scholarship applications for September 2018 entry are now closed. All Scholarship applications from external 16+ candidates must be accompanied by a registration form as well. See our Admissions page for this.
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