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Scholarships and Bursaries

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We offer Scholarships on merit at Berkhamsted. Scholarships and Exhibitions are only awarded on entry to Berkhamsted Senior Schools and Sixth (at 11+, 13+ and 16+) and thus are not available to pupils within the School.  Pupils at the preparatory schools within the Berkhamsted Schools Group, however, are eligible for Scholarships if applying for entry to the Senior Schools.

We consider students for Scholarships based on the contribution we feel they could make to school life, whether academic, dramatic, musical, sporting or creative or as potential leaders.

Our Scholarship value is usually 10% of total tuition fees, although higher awards may be given. Exhibitions may also be awarded for music and drama.

All awards may be varied at the absolute discretion of the Principal.

In addition to those awarded Scholarships, when there is a demonstrated need, taking into account parental income and the pupil’s needs, a means-tested bursary can be obtained on application further reducing the tuition fees.

For further details on Scholarships at Berkhamsted and how to apply, please refer to our Information Booklet below:


After our published deadlines we may be able to consider truly exceptional candidates for a scholarship, on an individual basis, during the lent term. This will be at the absolute discretion of the Principal.

More information about Scholarships may be obtained from the Admissions Manager on the contact details below:


Berkhamsted was founded as a ‘free school’ in 1541. A great deal has changed since then, but we still offer places to pupils with no requirement to pay fees – plus heavily discounted places – as the School did then.

We aim to be able to do even more by 2041, when the School will celebrate its 500th anniversary. Our ambition for our Anniversary Fund is to provide life-changing bursaries not only to provide more funded places for deserving and talented young people, but also to inspire our fee-paying pupils and give them an experience of the competition they can expect to face beyond school.

At Berkhamsted, we understand and celebrate the contribution our bursary pupils make to the School. We therefore welcome applications from pupils whose abilities indicate they could make the most of a place at Berkhamsted, but whose means and circumstances would normally make the School an impossible dream.

If a bursary would be necessary for your child to attend the School, please let us know early in your application so that we may issue you with an appropriate application form.

Our bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial means-testing, which is carried out by an independent company and may include a visit to your home to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair.

We reserve our largest bursaries for families on very low incomes, although many other factors are taken into consideration in determining the level of grant awarded to each pupil.

All bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental financial circumstances.