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Scholarships and Bursaries

Governor Scholarships for Academic Excellence

No application required (automatic consideration)

Governor Scholarships are awarded to pupils who excel academically. Scholarships tend to be awarded up to the value of 20% of fees, based on the results of the entrance examination and interview.

Pupils registered for the examination at 11+ / 13+ are automatically considered for these scholarships and awards are based on the candidates’ performance in the entrance examination and the interview.

One or two additional Governor Scholarships are usually awarded to pupils at 13+ who have shown a very high level of attainment throughout their first two years at Warwick School.

A further two Governor Scholarships are usually awarded to pupils moving into the Sixth Form on the basis of excellent work throughout the lower years at Warwick School and GCSE grades.

A scholarship can be supplemented by a means tested bursary. It is also possible to receive both an academic and music scholarship.

We also usually award a select few academic scholarships at the end of Year 8 going into Year 9, to pupils who have performed outstandingly in their first two years at Warwick School.


Bursaries are means-tested awards offering free or discounted fees based on financial need.

Across Warwick Schools Foundation, we offer two different type of bursary – one which is based on where the child lives (the CV34 Awards) and one which is open to families from all postcodes (our Foundation bursaries). The funding available from a bursary operates on a sliding scale – from 100% of fees covered, to smaller proportions, dependent on household income.

To be eligible for a bursary-funded place at one of our schools, children must also meet the usual conditions of entry – that is, they must satisfy the requirements of the school’s assessment and interview processes. There are limited funds available, so not all children who are offered a place at the school will also be offered a bursary, even if the financial assessment deems them to be eligible. The bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis and are limited to the funds available. All bursaries are re-assessed annually.

The support available is based on a combination of the following:

  1. Financial need - determined by a means testing assessment by our external partners Bursary Assessment Associates (BAA).  
  2. Your child's performance - based on exam results, the interview and the report received from your child's current school.
  3. Overall demand - bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, as limited funds are available.

CV34 Awards

The CV34 Awards are a specific set of bursaries which are earmarked for children whose families live within the CV34 postcode. The school is grateful to King Henry VIII Endowed Trust and The Charity of Sir Thomas White, Warwick for their financial support for this set of bursaries.

To be eligible for a CV34 Award, applicants must fulfil the three criteria above AND live in the CV34 postcode area.

Means Testing

All bursaries are allocated following means testing of applicants. This is established based on relevant ‘net income’ of all those with parental responsibility. The amount of discount is offered on a sliding scale. If your gross household income exceeds £99,025, you will not be eligible, and if you have substantial assets, you are unlikely to qualify.

If your child qualifies for a bursary place, they will also receive support towards other school costs. This will be applied at the same rate as the bursary – so for example, if the bursary covers 50% of fees, then half of the amounts in the table below will also be covered.

Example for 2024/25 academic year:

Uniform – up to £750 over 7 years (between Year 7 and Year 13)

Essential curriculum trips – up to £600 over 7 years (between Year 7 and Year 13)

Bring Your Own Device – up to £1,000 over 7 years (to cover two devices in that time)

Please note that if your child qualifies for free school meals, then there will be no additional charge for lunches.

Application for a bursary

To apply for a bursary, parents are required to apply to the School through the normal registration form, and tick the box indicating they would like to be assessed for a bursary. On receipt of the School application, you will then be sent a confidential link to submit your details for the financial assessment to BAA, the School’s external partners. You will be told of the deadline to do this, in order to receive an indication of whether you may be eligible ahead of the entrance exam.

Please note that an indication that you may be eligible for financial assistance at this stage does not mean a bursary place has been offered as this is still subject to the usual admissions processes and overall demand for bursaries.

You will be required to provide detailed financial information including income, expenditure and details of your net assets. The financial analysis is based on both parents jointly, regardless of current living arrangements.

Please be advised that in some cases the Foundation reserves the right to attend a home visit in order to discuss the financial schedule.

Further information about bursaries can be obtained from our Admissions team: or call 01926 494485.

Music Scholarships

Application required - 11+, 13+, 16+, musical excellence

Music Scholarships are available to students of exceptional musical and academic ability.

  • Instrumental Scholarships awarded on merit by the Head Master
  • Choral Scholarships awarded in association with The Collegiate Church of St. Mary
  • Senior School Scholarship auditions are held in November for entry the following September.

For more information please contact our Admissions Team

Music Scholarships tend to be awarded up to the value of 20% of fees, based on musical ability and potential with a satisfactory level of achievement in the entrance examination. It is important to stress that there is no absolute standard as musical ability and potential are both assessed, however it is expected that boys are approximately Grade 5 standard on their first instrument.

Choral Scholarships

Application required - ages 7 - 11

Through the generous benefaction of Mr Percy Swiffen, an external charity, at least two Choral Scholarships, each to the value of £1,800 per annum, may be awarded each year to boys, aged between 7 and 11 years on 1 September, who are either entering or attending Warwick School and the Choir of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick.

A Choral Scholarship is valid for the duration of a chorister’s career in both Warwick School and St. Mary’s Collegiate Church Choir unless he is awarded a Governors’ Scholarship, Bursary or other remission of fees on entry to the Senior School in which case the value of the Scholarship is reviewed.

The Choral Scholarship will be used in its entirety to remit part of the school fees at Warwick School. An ex-chorister is awarded a pension of not less than half of the Choral Scholarship originally awarded while still a member of Warwick School, for a period of time not exceeding the period of time that he had held the Choral Scholarship. The value of Choral Scholarships and Pensions are reviewed annually by the Trustees in light of changes in school fees.

Sixth Form Scholarships

No application required

Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded in recognition of sustained hard work and outstanding attainment throughout the GCSE course. The Head Master may award one or two each year, after careful consultation with academic staff.  There is no process by which to apply for these awards. 

Candidates will be expected to gain at least six 8(A*) grades at GCSE. For external candidates evidence of this will be required from a school report. Candidates do not need to apply for a scholarship but will be identified at interview stage.

Student Loans for Further Education (Sixth Form)

Student interest-free loans of up to £1500 per year for each year of the course (subject to conditions) are available to students living in Warwick (CV34 postcode) going to University or College.

For more information about the student interest-free loans available, eligibility and how to apply please go to The Charity of Sir Thomas White.

For those living in the CV34 postcode, Warwick Apprenticing Charities has grants available for Outward Bound Courses and financial support for further education. For further information please visit: