Scholarships and GDST bursaries

Through the GDST, over £9m of funds are allocated annually across its school network to fund bursaries and scholarships to make schools accessible to all able students.  They are available to any student aged 11 and over at a GDST senior school.

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.

GDST bursaries

The GDST offers a range of means-tested bursaries for entry at Year 7 and Year 12. In addition, two HSBC Global Education full bursaries are available for Sixth Form applicants from state schools.

If you are interested in being considered for a bursary, please contact our admissions team on 020 8557 7004 who will send you the relevant form for submission to the GDST.


Academic scholarships are awarded based on performance in our Entrance Examination and you will receive notification of your daughter’s award when places are offered.

The drama, art, music and sport scholarships are usually worth around 10% 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 from 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

What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

A Bursary takes into account academic merit, but every bursary is 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 and irrespective of financial means. The value of scholarships vary, but most scholarships are small and are more about the honour of the award than the amount. However, a scholarship can be supplemented by a bursary.

The GDST bursary scheme

Most bursaries will be awarded to students from families with a total income of less than £19,500 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 £45,000, 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.

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 and Assessment.  Drama, art, music and sport scholarships are awarded based on a demonstration of her 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 that your daughter attends.   

Please look at the criteria for each scholarship and check the dates for entry and assessment and download the application form in our publications section.  If you have any unavoidable diary clashes then please speak to our admissions team who will try to make alternative arrangements.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You may apply for more than one scholarship for your daughter but we rarely award a child more than one scholarship.  We know that parents are very concerned about the effect of testing and the competition during the admissions process, so please  check the criteria for entry for each exam.  If you want to discuss your application in more detail then please talk to Mrs Pullen at one of our open days.