Scholarships, Music Awards and Bursaries at 11+

Scholarships and Subject Awards at 11+

Scholarship and subject awards, for which internal and external candidates are equally eligible, may be awarded to candidates who perform well in the 11+ entrance and scholarship examination in Maths and English. These scholarships and subject awards are means-tested and all girls sitting the entrance examination will be considered. N.B. Scholarships and subject awards are reviewed annually and the school reserves the right to require parents to provide evidence of financial circumstances. The retention of an award for the full 5 years of a successful candidate will be dependent on continuing merit and satisfactory behaviour as judged by the Headmistress. In the event that a successful candidate should leave the school before the end of the final term for which a scholarship or subject award would normally be tenable and then continue full-time education in an establishment situated within a 30km radius of this school, then the school shall have the right to payment in full on demand, of that part of the tuition fees which would have been payable had the scholarship or subject award not been awarded, starting from the first term in which the scholarship or subject award is held.

Bursaries at 11+

A limited number of means-tested bursaries, giving up to 100% remission of fees, are available for entrance into the school at 11+. Bursary forms are available from the Bursar’s office on request and all parents wishing to be considered for a bursary should complete and submit this form before their daughter sits the entrance examination. In addition they should indicate on the registration form that they wish to apply for a means-tested bursary. Bursaries are means-tested in accordance with the school’s criteria. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need, but can extend to full 100% fee remission in cases of proven need. Before the offer of a bursary is confirmed, a member of staff may visit the family at their home. Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income.

Music Awards

Music awards may be offered to outstanding musicians who play an instrument or sing with exceptional ability. Full music awards entitle successful candidates to music lessons in two instruments throughout their Senior School career at PGHS, subject to continued progress and contribution to the musical life of the school. (Music lessons are normally provided by the school’s visiting instrumental staff. Alternatively, a contribution toward the cost of approved external teaching for an award holder may be granted but will not exceed the termly charge for music lessons in force at the school).

Candidates should have reached at least Grade 4 Associated Board standard and should perform two contrasting pieces on their first choice instrument and (where applicable) one piece on their second and/or third instruments. The assessment will include aural tests and sight reading. Candidates for music awards must also pass the academic entrance examination. Prospective candidates may wish to contact the Head of Music to discuss their application further.