About Silcoates

Scholarship & Bursaries

Scholarship & Bursaries

Admissions

Pupils are welcome to join Silcoates School (Senior School, Junior School and Pre-School) at all appropriate ages. In the Senior School a place is gained by a successful performance in our entrance tests, held at Silcoates in January each year, and is also dependent on a positive school report. However, entrance tests can also be arranged at other times of the year and it is possible, though sometimes not ideal, for pupils to join the School at any time during the school year in the appropriate year group.

Entrance to the Junior School and Pre-School is based on our own assessments relative to the age of the child, as well as a positive report from the child’s current school, if appropriate.

Transfer between schools is usually automatic and without further entrance tests, unless we feel there are strong educational reasons for not allowing it. If so, full discussions are held with parents well in advance of the point of transfer.

Applications are also welcomed from boys and girls wishing to study for A Levels in our Sixth Form. The offer of a place is dependent on GCSE predicted grades and a positive school report, so pupils entering the Sixth Form are not required to sit an entrance examination. The minimum criteria for entry are normally five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language and Mathematics, with at least Grade B in each subject to be taken at A Level.

We are always happy to answer your questions about admissions because we recognise that each child’s and each family’s circumstances are different. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the admissions process.

Scholarships

A scholarship is a reward for high achievement, either academic performance (Academic Scholarship) or in other areas of school life, for example music, art or sport (All-Rounder Scholarship). Scholarships are usually offered to those joining Year 7 (aged 11+) or the Sixth Form (aged 16+), but they can be awarded at any time during a pupil’s time at the School. Entrants at other age groups in the Senior School are also considered, though only in exceptional circumstances is a scholarship offered to a pupil in the Junior School or Pre-School.

The value of the scholarship awarded, i.e. the amount deducted from the fees, as at the discretion of the Headmaster, and most awards are between 10% and 25% of the full fees. A scholarship is tenable throughout a pupil’s time at Silcoates, subject to good progress and the availability of funding.

Academic Scholarships are usually awarded as follows:

  • To the most academically gifted Junior School pupils as they move up to the Senior School, i.e. from Year 6 to Year 7, as recommended to the Headmaster by the Head of the Junior School;
  • To pupils from other schools joining Silcoates in the Senior School, either in Year 7 or later, who score the highest marks in our entrance tests and who have outstanding reports from their current school;
  • To older pupils in the Senior School who perform with consistent excellence in their schoolwork at later stages of their school careers;
  • To Year 11 pupils as they move into the Sixth Form, if they achieve a full set of A* and A grades in their GCSEs, either as pupils at Silcoates or in other schools.

All-Rounder Scholarships are usually awarded as follows:

  • To the Year 7 pupils who are making the best all-round contribution to school life or who are showing an outstanding contribution in one area, for example sport, music or drama.  Awards are made in the January after the pupils come into the Senior School, either from the Junior School or from another school, as recommended to the Headmaster by the Head of Year 7.
  • To older pupils in the Senior School who consistently demonstrate an outstanding commitment to school life at later stages of their school careers
  • To other entrants to the Senior School who have outstanding all-round talents, as shown for example through representative sporting honours or high level performance in other areas.

All decisions about scholarships are made by the Headmaster, and it is he who should be contacted in the first instance.

Bursaries

Silcoates School is committed to broadening access to the School by offering to eligible parents, and/or those with legal parental responsibility, financial assistance with the payment of school fees.  Our aim is to admit children who will benefit from the ethos and activities of the school community and to fulfill the aims of the School’s charitable purposes.

A bursary is a grant made by the School to assist parents to pay the fees in cases of special need.  It is usually offered to those joining Year 7 (aged 11+) or the Sixth Form (aged 16+).  Entrants at other age groups in the Senior School will also be considered, though only in exceptional circumstances would a bursary be offered to a pupil in the Junior School or Pre-School.

The value of the bursary awarded, i.e. the amount deducted from the fees, can be up to 100% of the school fees, to allow access to independent education for those who would otherwise be excluded on grounds of cost.

All bursary awards are means tested and parents wishing to apply for a bursary must complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances form.  The award is subject to an annual review, both in the light of family income and the good progress of the pupil, though any change to the level of fees assistance is only made after consultation with parents.

All decisions about bursaries are made by the Bursar, and it is he who should be contacted in the first instance.  The deadline for Bursary applications for the academic year 2016-17, is 31st January 2017.