Fees, bursaries and scholarships

Fees 2017/18

Senior School 2017/18 £5,417 per term or £16,251 annually
Junior School 2017/18 £4,260 per term or £12,780 annually

Fees are paid directly to the GDST and include public examination fees and most text books. Fees can be paid termly in advance or by monthly direct debit.

Bursaries and scholarships

We know not everyone can afford to pay for their daughter’s education which is why we offer means-tested bursaries. We also offer academic scholarships and subject-specific scholarships for girls with exceptional potential in art, drama, music and sport.

Through the GDST, over £10.5m of funds are allocated annually across its school network to fund bursaries and scholarships to make schools accessible to all able students.  Bursaries and Scholarships are available to students joining a GDST senior school in Year 7 or Year 12. We regret that applications for bursaries and scholarships for students entering other year groups or applying late cannot be considered.

For girls joining in Year 7, we offer both academic scholarships and scholarships in art, drama, music and sport.

There are also awards and exhibitions for direct entry to the Sixth Form, including two full bursaries, kindly sponsored by HSBC, for Sixth Form applicants from state schools.


If you are interested in being considered for a bursary, please indicate this on your application form and the Admissions Team will email you the relevant log-on details for our online application system. You will be notified if your application has been successful when places are offered. 

Academic scholarships

There is no need to make a separate application for an Academic scholarship as all girls are considered based on their performance in the Entrance Exam and Interview and their school report. Shortlisted girls will be contacted after the Entrance Exam and asked to attend a further short assessment consisting of a group and individual interviews. You will be notified if your daughter has been successful when places are offered.

Subject scholarships

The drama, art, music and sport scholarships are usually worth 15% of fees and stay with a girl throughout her school career.  You apply for your daughter to be entered for a scholarship and if your application is successful, you will be invited for an assessment.  The specific criteria and the application form for each type of scholarship can be downloaded here. These forms should be returned with your application form.  You may apply for a scholarship after you have submitted your application form as long as it is before the applications deadline.

Your questions answered

FAQs about Scholarships and Bursaries

What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

A bursary takes account of academic merit, but every bursary is also means-tested and its value is related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family. The maximum value of the bursary can be the full published fees; however awards for full fees are rare and the amount of any bursary award will depend upon local demand and available funding.

A scholarship is awarded on academic merit as measured in a competitive Entrance Examination or assessment and irrespective of financial means. The value of scholarships varies, but most scholarships are small and are about the honour of the award than the amount. However, a scholarship can be supplemented by a bursary.

We expect awards to continue from Year 7 (or Year 12) to the time a student leaves the school in Year 13. However, the continuation of any award is subject to a student’s behaviour and good academic progress which is reviewed annually.

How do I know if I financially qualify for a bursary?

Most bursaries will be awarded to students from families with a total income of less than £34,000 per year and with no capital assets other than their home. It is highly unlikely that a bursary would be awarded to a family whose gross income is more than £54,000, other than in exceptional circumstances.

GDST schools aim to assist as many families qualifying for bursaries as possible; however, given the demand, we are not usually able to offer support to all of those qualifying. Where support is available, this is rarely equivalent to the full fees, regardless of the level of eligibility.

Once awarded, GDST bursaries are reviewed annually to take account of significant changes in family income and circumstances.

Year 12 candidates from state schools may be eligible for means-tested bursaries as part of the HSBC Global Education scheme. Please ask us for further details.

How do I know if my daughter is eligible for a scholarship?

An academic scholarship is awarded on your daughter’s performance in the Entrance Examination, Interview and subsequent Academic Scholarship Assessment.

Drama, art, music and sport scholarships are awarded based on a demonstration of talent and commitment to the specific scholarship subject.  This is assessed in two stages; information that accompanies the initial application for a scholarship and then an assessment/audition in person.

Please look at the criteria for each scholarship on the application form page and check the dates for entry and assessment.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You may apply for more than one scholarship for your daughter but please be aware it is rare we would award a child numerous scholarships.  We know that parents are very concerned about the effect of testing and the competition during the admissions process, so please check the entry criteria for each subject-specific scholarship.

If you have any further queries about bursaries or scholarships please contact our admissions team on 020 8557 7004 or admissions@syd.gdst.net

Uniform Costs

School Blazer supply our new school uniform and PE kit is supplied by Schoolwear Solutions Ltd.  Both are ordered online. Junior School book bags and satchels are ordered directly through the school.  For more information, including price lists, please visit our uniform page.

Lunch Costs

At the Junior School lunches are compulsory and are charged termly.  Years 0-2 eat lunch at Junior School while Years 3-6 go up to the Senior School Dining Hall.

From September 2016, lunch is also compulsory at Senior School for students from Year 7-11 inclusive and optional for the Sixth Form.

Students have a wide choice of the foods.  The School operates a weekly rotation of menus, covering a three-week period. Click here to see an example.  Students are able to eat a main course (meat or vegetarian) with at least two vegetables and potatoes or rice.  A main meal salad and a green salad are also on offer.  In addition, baked potatoes or pasta are available with a sauce or fillings.  Fruit salad, fresh yoghurt and fresh fruit are available every day, alongside a ‘pudding’/dessert.  For students who wish to take food to clubs or activities, sandwiches, rolls, wraps and baguettes with a variety of fillings including a vegan choice, are provided, along with fresh fruit.

The cost of lunch is invoiced termly with fees by the GDST. Girls in Senior School year groups also use an Oystercard at break time if they wish to purchase breakfast items, snacks and drinks. They can add money to their card in school. Full information will be given about this system at new student inductions.

Extra Costs

In the Junior School, fees cover most day trips and workshops but residential trips are an extra cost. In the Senior School day trips out of school and residential trips cost extra.