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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 maximise 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 

An Academic Scholarship is an award for excellence in intellectual study and should identify interesting thinkers. At 11+, awards are It is based on a candidate’s performance in our entrance tests (which internal Scholarship applicants will also sit), and at 13+ and 16+, potential Scholars sit specific Scholarship papers. The School will also take into account a report from his / her current teachers and a challenging interview with the Headmaster or another member of Senior staff.

For many of our Scholars, this award serves primarily as an acknowledgement of their achievements - scholarships should not be confused with bursaries which are available to Scholars and non-Scholars. Scholars will be offered a specific programme that recognises their ability, whilst continuing to push and challenge them. The aim is to broaden the pupils’ educational experience and horizons, and to develop their skills as debaters and critical thinkers as they participate in robust discussions on complex and challenging issues. The educational visits are designed to introduce pupils to museums, galleries, lectures, theatres, and other buildings in the local area and London; they are important for their own sake but the visits also ensure that pupils are aware of the vast array of cultural opportunities on offer.

Scholarships should not be confused with bursaries which are available to Scholars and non-Scholars as per the School’s Admissions Policy.

The Scholarship Programme will consist of the following:

  • Scholars’ launch night at the beginning of the academic year;
  • Review night at the end of the year at which scholars may be asked to give talks and presentations, particularly Sixth Form pupils who will have completed an EPQ;
  • Upper 3 and Lower 4 (Years 7 & 8) pupils will have access to the Senior Library, Senior School clubs and societies, such as the Bachelor Society and the Literary Society, and will complete a level 1 EPQ through AQA with a supervisor. Senior School Scholars will be expected to give talks at these academic societies;
  • Scholars are encouraged to go to talks and visits (such as the Sixth Form lectures that Geographers and Scientists’s attend), and travel and attendance will be organised and paid for by the School;
  • Half-termly Headmaster’s Symposium - Scholars will meet in the Headmaster’s office having read and be ready to talk about a topic, an area of news or a resource provided in advance. Each scholar will attend two or three per year. There is a Scholars’ reading list which may link to the Headmaster’s Symposium;
  • A showcase magazine will be produced by Scholars on visits, trips, talks, books or items of interest that they wish to write about. The journal will be edited and organised by Sixth Form Scholars and will be available for all pupils to read;
  • Access to trips and events that may not be open to all pupils, for example, if an Upper 5 theatre trip is being run, Scholars from other year groups may have access to tickets (funded by the School);
  • Specific half-termly Scholarship outings will occur. Not all of these would be attended by all Scholars but a certain number per year would be attended. Destinations could include British Library, theatre trips, Royal Institute, Houses of Parliament, BFI, Bletchley Park, Globe, Old Bailey, Royal Academy, Gresham Lectures at City University.

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: 13 January 2018

Deadline for applications:  23 November 2017

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:  09 November 2017
Deadline for applications: 13 October 2017

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:  13 January 2018
Deadline for applications: 23 November 2017

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: 8 November 2017
Deadline for applications: 13 October 2017

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