At 11+ the School offers academic scholarships and subject awards, for which internal and external candidates are equally eligible. The scholarships or subject awards may be awarded to candidates who perform well in the 11+ entrance examinations in Mathematics and English and at interview. All girls sitting the entrance examination on the specified date will be considered for scholarships and subject awards.
Scholarships and subject awards may be offered to the candidate or candidates who have, in the opinion of the Headmistress, achieved a high standard of attainment relative not only to the other candidates but also to the standards set by the School. If no candidate meets these requirements, then the School reserves the right to not offer any scholarships or subject 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.)
11+ 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 assessments 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.
A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available for entrance into the School at 11+. Bursary forms are available from the School 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. Before requesting a bursary form, parents must first register their daughter for a place.
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 and the funds available. Before the offer of a bursary is confirmed, a member of staff and/or a member of the Governing Body may visit the family at their home.
Bursaries are reviewed annually and the School reserves the right to require parents to provide evidence of financial circumstances each year. The retention of a bursary, scholarship, subject award or music award for the full 5 years of the Senior School career for a successful candidate will be dependent on continuing merit and satisfactory behaviour as judged by the Headmistress.