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Scholarships and Bursaries

We have changed the way we offer bursaries and scholarships. Scholarship awards are intended to attract and reward pupils of high academic ability and talent. Parents of scholars will be offered up to a maximum 5% discount of the fees.  Bursary funds are available for those families requiring support to meet School fees and can be as much as 100% of the school fees.

Bursaries

From the very beginning Freemen’s has welcomed pupils from all backgrounds. Established in 1854 as the City of London Freemen’s Orphans School, we know now, just as they did then, what a difference a school like Freemen’s can make; as one family whose child is currently benefiting from a bursary told us:

“Receiving the bursary has allowed my daughter to have an amazing opportunity to maximize her potential. She has found the teaching excellent. The enthusiasm, encouragement, support and time given to her by her teachers has been brilliant.”

These opportunities should not just be open to those that can afford the fees, however. Through the School’s Bursary Fund we are committed to offering the educational opportunities here at Freemen’s to children whose family circumstances would make this unfeasible. Currently, about 10% of our students are given some form of financial assistance.

What bursaries are available? 

We can offer bursaries of anywhere up to 100% of the school fees.

Where do the bursaries come from? 

The School is fortunate to have the support of the City of London Freemen’s School Bursary Fund. In addition several Livery Companies, which are charitable organisations are able to provide some assistance to current and prospective parents for the payment of school fees.

To find out more about how we work with local communities, go to our Outreach page  or if you would like to support more students, who might otherwise, not be able to attend Freemen’s, find out how you can donate here. Money donated to the Bursary Fund will be matched pound for pound by the City of London Corporation.

How to apply? 

Bursary awards can be applied for once a pupil has received an offer of a place from the Headmaster. The application process will include a detailed financial assessment. Any award is subject to the pupil meeting the entry requirements of the School and an annual financial re-assessment.

Scholarships 

Freemen’s scholarship awards are an accolade for academic or musical merit and should not be seen as a form of fee remission. Scholars will be offered a specific programme of study that recognises their ability, whilst continues to push and challenge them.

We currently offer academic and music scholarships, as well as the Bhargava Scholarship, restricted to girls looking to study Mathematics at A Level. Whilst the School does not currently offer specific awards outside of those listed above, consideration will be given to excellence in other areas, e.g. drama, art or sport, when choosing scholars.

What Scholarships are available?

Academic:

11+ (entry into Year 7) 

Eligibility: Pupils sitting entrance tests in January for Year 7 entry and Freemen's pupils in Year 6
When: Awards will be made following the entrance examinations for Year 7 entry in January of Year 6
Criteria: Performance in the entrance tests (only taken by Freemen's pupils applying for a scholarship); interview; written school report covering: academic excellence and potential; attitude to work; and wider contribution to the School.
Application: All candidates who sit the entrance examinations for entry into Year 7 will automatically be considered for a Scholarship.

Date: 7 January 2017

Deadline for applications: 25 November 2016

Sample Papers: Click here

13+ (entry into Year 9) 

Eligibility: Pupils joining Year 9 in the following September and Freemen's pupils in Year 8.
When: Awards will be made following the scholarship examinations taken in February of Year 8.
Criteria: Performance in the scholarship examinations; interview; written school report covering academic excellence and potential; attitude to work; and wider contribution to the School.
Application: At the start of the spring term, a letter about the awards and the application process will be sent to parents of candidates who have accepted conditional places for Year 9 for the following September.

Date: 21 February 2017

Deadline for applications: 27 January 2017

Sample Papers:

English                                     Maths                                   Science

16+ (entry into the Sixth Form) 

Eligibility: Pupils applying for entry into the Sixth Form and Freemen's pupils in Year 11
When: Awards will be made following the scholarship examinations in November of Year 11.
Assessment: Performance in the scholarship examinations; interview; written school report covering academic excellence and potential; predicted GCSE grades; attitude to work; and wider contribution to the School.
Application: Early in the autumn term, a letter about the awards and the application process will be sent to parents of registered applicants for Sixth Form entry in the following September.

Date: 09 November 2017

Deadline for applications: 13 October 2017

 

Bhargava Scholarship 

We are delighted to have secured a generous bequest from local lady Mrs. Bhargava, whose long and successful career was a result of her own enjoyment of Mathematics.

Eligibility: Female pupils applying for entry into the Sixth Form to study Mathematics with a view to studying Mathematics or related disciplines at university. The student must live within fifteen miles of the school (KT21 1ET) in keeping with Mrs. Bhargava’s own links with Ashtead and Leatherhead.
Awards: The Bhargava Scholarship can cover the School Day Fee and extras, subject to financial means testing, in order that a deserving candidate from a financially limited background would not need to worry about covering fees, transport, uniform and trips costs.
When: tbc
Assessment: Applicants will need not only to meet the strict criteria for the Scholarship, but also achieve the entrance requirements for Freemen’s Sixth Form. We will ask students to complete a questionnaire detailing why they wish to study Mathematics at A Level and beyond; students should also expect to be interviewed by relevant members of teaching staff; plus all applicants' families will need to be means-tested.

Application: Email interest to admissions@freemens.org

Date:  10 November 2016
Deadline for applications: 27 October 2016

Music Awards:

11+ (entry into Year 7) 

Eligibility: Pupils sitting entrance tests in January for Year 7 entry and Freemen's pupils in Year 6. Applicants must have reached Grade 3 in one instrument and be able to offer a second study/voice.
Awards: Awards include free tuition (one 30 minute lesson per week) in one instrument, tenable for seven years.
When: Awards will be made following the entrance examinations for Year 7 entry in January of Year 6.
Assessment: Audition and interview with the Director of Music.
Application: During the autumn term, a letter from the Director of Music about the awards and the application process will be sent to parents of registered applicants for Year 7 entry.

Date:  6 January 2017
Deadline for applications: 25 November 2016

13+ (entry into Year 9) 

Eligibility: Pupils joining Year 9 in the following September and Freemen's pupils in Year 8. Applicants must have reached Grade 5 in one instrument and be able to offer a second study/voice.
Awards: Awards include free tuition (one 30 minute lesson per week) in one instrument, tenable for five years.
When: Awards will be made following the scholarship examinations taken in February of Year 8.
Assessment: Audition and interview with the Director of Music.
Application: At the start of the spring term, a letter from the Director of Music about the awards and the application process will be sent to parents of candidates who have accepted conditional places for Year 9 in the following September.

Date:  9 February 2017
Deadline for applications: 27 January 2017

16+ (entry into the Sixth Form) 

Eligibility: Pupils applying for entry into the Sixth Form and Freemen's pupils in Year 11. Applicants must have reached Grade 7 in one instrument and be able to offer a second study/voice.
Awards: Awards include free tuition (one 30 minute lesson per week) in one instrument, tenable for two years.
When: Awards will normally be made following the Scholarship examinations in November of Year 11.
Assessment: Audition and interview with the Director of Music.
Application: Early in the autumn term, a letter from the Director of Music about the awards and the application process will be sent to parents of registered applicants for Sixth Form entry the following September.

Date: 9 November 2016
Deadline for applications: 27 October 2016

For more information on scholarships and bursaries, call the admissions team on 01372 822444 or email admissions@freemens.org