A variety of scholarships are offered which are intended to reward outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in academic, cultural, and sporting disciplines. All scholarships are rewarded solely on merit and are assessed through competitive examinations, assessments and interview. Scholarships are available for entry into Years 7, 9 and the Sixth Form for pupils who demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
- Performing and Creative Arts (Art, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama and Music)
The financial value of scholarships will vary between both individual candidates and the different disciplines. However, whatever the financial worth of the award we value all scholars equally, and indeed view recognition as a scholar as the prime reward. Scholarship awards are generally capped at 30% of fees (though exceptional Academic candidates can be awarded up to 50%), however the majority of awards will be between 10-20% of the fees. If scholars require further support beyond the scholarship award to enable them to attend the school, supplementary ‘means-tested’ bursaries are available. For top Scholars, an allocation of 100% of fees will be considered if financial circumstances justify this level of support but applicants should be aware that this level of support is very rare. Further details of the process of applying for a bursary can be found on the website. Pupils applying for scholarship at 11+ and 13+ would usually have been recommended by their current school.
Applicants for any of the above scholarships can also apply for the Pembroke Scholarship. The value of the Pembroke Scholarship is full remission of the tuition element of the fees, and it is designed to support exceptionally gifted and talented students whose financial circumstances would not otherwise allow them to access independent education (applicants must therefore also submit a Statement of Financial Circumstances Form as well as their scholarship application). The College’s foundation statutes require that there are always six holders of Pembroke Scholarships in the school. Out of regard for the origins of the scheme, preference is given to candidates resident in the parishes of Framlingham and Debenham in Suffolk, and Coggeshall in Essex. However, candidates living in other East Anglian parishes are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pembroke Scholarships are normally offered at Sixth Form level, but in exceptional circumstances can also be available at other stages.
Scholarships are competitive assessments and there are only a limited number of awards available each year. Whilst we welcome applications from suitable candidates it is inevitable that there will be some disappointment at the outcome. We would urge candidates to apply as much for the invaluable experience of the process as for any expectation of reward.
Candidates with strengths in more than one area will be considered for an all-round ‘Albert Memorial’ award at the discretion of the Headmaster.
Application Deadlines and Assessment Dates
Year 7 (11+ Entry)
- Application Deadline: 4pm on Tuesday 7th January 2020
- Assessments: Tuesday 4th February 2020
Year 9 (13+ Entry)
- Application Deadline: 4pm on Friday 13th December 2019
- Assessments Week Commencing: Monday, 13th January 2020
Sixth Form (16+ Entry)
- Application Deadline: 4pm on Friday 18th October 2019
- Assessments Week Commencing: Monday 4th November 2019