Fees, bursaries & scholarships

Fees 2020/21

Senior School 2020/21 £5,775 per term or £17,325 annually
Prep School 2020/21 £4,541 per term or £13,623 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. Currently fees have been held at 2019/20 levels and will be reviewed by GDST.

School lunch is charged separately and paid alongside school fees. Lunch is compulsory for students up to and including year 11. The termly charge is £227 for Reception to year 6 and £237 for year 7 to year 11.

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.

Please note that there are separate application forms for bursaries and scholarships which must be completed as well as the main online application for a place.


Sydenham High School offers a number of bursary awards which are designed to enable girls whose parents might not be able to afford the full fees to attend the school. The award of a bursary is based on financial circumstances and the candidate’s performance in the entrance assessments.

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 details for the online application system, which must be completed in addition to the application form, when they become available from mid-September 2021. For year 7 entry, please apply for a bursary by Monday 22 November 2021. You will be notified if your bursary application has been successful at the same time places in the school are offered.

Sixth Form candidates (both new and progressing students) are also able to apply for bursaries. For Sixth Form entry in 2021, please apply by Friday 5 November 2021 if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

Further information about bursaries can be found here.


Year 7
For girls joining in year 7, we offer both academic scholarships and scholarships in Art, Drama, Music and Sport.

This year our assessments will be virtual and the process for these will be confirmed once the application deadline has passed. Please note that the listed dates are subject to change according to the process decided on for each subject. We are conscious of time lost in school for year 6 and will do our best to cause minimal disruption.

  • Academic scholarships

Subject Scholarships

The Art, Drama, Music and Sport scholarships are worth a proportion of fees and stay with a girl throughout her school career. You initially apply for your daughter to be entered for a subject scholarship and if your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for an assessment. The specific criteria and for each scholarship is outlined as part of this application form.

As your main application to the school is made online, any Subject Scholarship applications should be returned separately to the school to arrive no later than the application deadline of Monday 22 November 2021.

The criteria and application forms for 2022 entry are listed below:

Sixth Form
For girls joining in year 12, there are a number of scholarships available. For the academic year 2021-22 the Sixth Form scholarship examination was on Friday 12 November 2021. Candidates wishing to be considered for these should have applied by Friday 5 November 2021.

To find out more about what our Sixth Form has to offer, click here.

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