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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.

Bursary Information

Bursaries are awards offering free or discounted fees based on financial need. The Foundation Awards scheme offers the possibility of free or discounted places based on means testing. The bursaries are offered on a sliding scale, dependent upon parental income and subject to results of entrance examination and interview. They are awarded on a competitive basis and are limited to funds available. Each bursary is reassessed annually.

Within the bursaries available from the Foundation, are the CV34 Awards. These funds are specifically earmarked for children whose families live within the CV34 postcode and the school is grateful to King Henry VIII Endowed Trust and The Charity of Sir Thomas White, Warwick for their financial support.

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

  1. Financial Need - determined by a means testing assessment   
  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.

Means testing is established based on relevant ‘net income’ of all those with parental responsibility, assessed on completion of the application. The amount of discount is offered on a sliding scale, if your gross household income does exceed £69,158, or you have substantial assets, you are unlikely to qualify.

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.

The Foundation works with a third party, Bursary Assessment Associates (BAA) to conduct the financial reviews. Please indicate on the general application form if you are interested in a Bursary and the Admissions team will be in touch with next steps.

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

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.

Please note that there is a competitive element to bursary awards, and the pupil's results in the entrance examination, interview, and report will be taken into consideration alongside means testing and the overall demand.

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

Please note that there is a competitive element to bursary awards, and the pupil's results in the entrance examination, interview, and report will be taken into consideration alongside means testing and the overall demand.

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: