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Scholarships and Bursaries

A scholarship is an award for excellence in academic study, the arts or sport. For many of our 150 scholars, this award serves primarily as an acknowledgement of their achievements; they have a modest financial award, usually to a value of 5% of the School fees. For others, a scholarship can also be a route to securing more significant financial support via a means-tested bursary. 

A boy may apply for more than one scholarship (e.g. Academic and Music and Art).

At a certain point in the process, we ask the parents of bursary applicants to complete a confidential statement of financial circumstances, in order for us to establish the level of assistance that may be necessary. Some of our bursaries do not require an applicant to win a scholarship, but most have specific criteria that candidates must meet in order to be considered. 

YEAR 7 AWARDS (UK Applicants ONLY)

 

Apply by early October of Year 6

(Please see Key Dates for specific dates).

All Year 7 awards can fund up to 100% of the School fees from Years 9 to 13, plus the option of Years 7 and 8, or both, at a prep school. The level of funding is dependent on parents' financial circumstances and the amount of bursarial support that they are eligible for.

John Lyon’s Charity Bursaries are available to boys who:

  • require substantial financial support;
  • have been resident in Barnet, Brent, Camden, the City of London, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, or Westminster for more than two years; and
  • are at least at Key Stage 2 attainment level 5 (if they are in a state primary school) or are expected to achieve at least 65% as an average pass mark at Common Entrance (if they are at a prep school). 

Peter Beckwith Scholarships are available to boys who:

  • require substantial financial support;
  • show significant potential in sport, music, drama or some other creative activity; and
  • are of a standard that might ultimately lead to Oxbridge admission.

On receipt of a Scholarship and Bursary Application Form, we will request a reference from an applicant’s current school. We then invite shortlisted candidates to a one-day assessment (comprising tests in Mathematics, English and IQ, a group activity, and a music test for musicians) at the School in January of Year 6.

We announce the results of our Year 7 awards in February of Year 6.

YEAR 9 AWARDS

Apply by early December of Year 8 if a boy is not going through our standard Year 9 academic admissions process.

(Please see Key Dates for specific dates).

All Year 9 scholarships are worth up to 5% of the School fees and can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary to cover up to 100% of the fees.

Please note that the scholarship process is highly competitive, with many boys applying for awards and only limited funding being available. Awards are made on an overall assessment, which takes into account:

  • a boy's character and suitability for boarding;
  • his academic ability and potential;
  • the needs of the School; and
  • the field of boys applying.

Academic Scholarships

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship candidates should have achieved at least a Grade 5 Distinction in their principal instrument and most candidates offer two instruments. Extra credit will be given to those who sing to a high standard in an established choir.

The one-day Music Scholarship assessment involves a performance of two contrasting pieces played on the main instrument, aural tests, sight reading, a viva voce (informal interview and aural tests) and, optionally, one piece played on a second or third instrument, or singing. We recommend that candidates arrange a pre-audition with the Director of Music, Mr David Woodcock, six months to two years before the assessment.

We announce the results of the Music Scholarship assessment in February of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examinations.

Art Scholarships

Art Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate skill, imagination and the ability to work independently.

The one-day assessment involves a portfolio inspection, an interview with the Director of Art and a sustained drawing exercise from direct observation. We accept work in any medium, although we advise against bringing in large canvases and three-dimensional works (good quality photographs will suffice). Candidates are advised to submit no more than 15-20 pieces of work, as well as one high-quality sketchbook. Please contact the Director of Art, Mr Laurence Hedges for further details of Art Scholarships.

We also consider applications for an award in Design and Technology. Candidates are expected to present a portfolio of some recent graphical work, consisting of a wide range of techniques from ideas to finished drawings, which show a high degree of flair and imagination. Computer-aided design work may form a part of these submissions. Completed objects should also be submitted. Please contact the Head of Design and Technology, Mr Tom Knight, for further details of Design and Technology awards.


We announce the results of the Art Scholarship assessment in March of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examination.

Drama Scholarships

Drama Scholarships

Harrow offers awards to drama enthusiasts of outstanding ability and potential as performers, technicians or practitioners. Scholars will be expected to play a full and consistent part in the theatrical life of the School, as agreed with the Director of Drama. Award holders are also typically expected to take drama at GCSE level. Drama Scholars will set the tone for others in their commitment, engagement and enthusiasm. Holding a drama scholarship at Harrow is not necessarily about playing the leading role; rather, drama scholars are expected to show leadership in any aspect of their involvement.

The selection process will comprise a practical workshop day, including an interview with the Director of Drama. At selection, we look for enthusiastic, creative collaborators, willing to become fully involved and to support the ethos of drama within the School. The Award is subject to a formal review with the Director of Drama at least once during a boy's time at the School. Please contact the Director of Drama, for further details of the Drama Scholarships.

We announce the results of the Drama Scholarship assessments in February/March of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examinations.

 

 

 

Sport Scholarships


Sport Scholarships

Sport Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate exceptional talent or potential in at least one sport in which they would make a significant contribution to School life. This is not an 'all-rounder' award but an award for excellence in a particular sport. Candidates should discuss their particular talent with the Admissions Office before applying.

Candidates would normally be of County/Academy standard, although if this level has not been reached, awards maybe based on the potential to reach it. A candidate offering athletics as his talent must specify his specialist event. A one-day assessment takes place in February of Year 8.

We announce the results of the Sport Scholarship assessments in February/March of Year 8. Successful candidates must pass Common Entrance at the required standard or do well in the Academic Scholarship examinations.

 

Bursaries

Year 9 Bursaries scholarships can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary and these together can cover 100% of the School fees.

Other specific Year 9 bursaries include:

 

  • The Sherwood Award, for candidates who live in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire;
  • The HJ Flower and H Gower Award, for very strong candidates who are the sons of serving members of the British armed forces; and
  • The Derek Kelsey and Richard Lister-Buttle Awards, for very strong candidates who are the sons of Old Harrovians. 

 

We recommend that boys applying for these bursaries submit a Registration Form (as well as a Scholarship and Bursary Application Form) and the Registration Fee of £325 by the end of Year 5 (and by 1 May of Year 7 at the latest) so that they go through our standard academic admissions process.

However, if a boy is applying for one of these bursaries between 1 May of Year 7 and early December of Year 8, he should submit a Scholarship and Bursary Application Form and the non-refundable Scholarship Application Fee of £50 only.

 

 

Sixth Form Awards

Apply in Year 11

Sixth Form Scholarships (normally 5% of the School fees) are awarded for academic, sporting, artistic or musical ability.

Candidates for a Music Scholarship must be Grade 8 or equivalent in at least one instrument. Candidates for a Sport Scholarship should already be competing for their county or at a higher level. They should discuss their particular talent with the Admissions Office before applying.

The assessment for a Sixth Form Scholarship takes place at Harrow as part of general application testing and candidates for a Music or Sport Scholarship are given a practical test.

Bursaries

Sixth Form Scholarships can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary and these together can cover up to 100% of the School fees.


The Kane Family Award, is a specific Sixth Form bursary which funds up to 100% of the School fees for a Sixth Form candidate from the London Borough of Harrow.