Scholarships at Warminster School are awarded to recognise and acknowledge ability, attitude, leadership and potential. They are prestigious, intentionally difficult to win and relatively rare.
Scholarships should not be confused with bursaries. Parents of scholars who anticipate that they will experience difficulty in meeting the balance of the school fees are encouraged to apply at the same time for one of the School’s means-tested bursaries. Please refer to the section on the website on Bursaries for details.
Warminster School offers a number of scholarships to applicants who demonstrate leadership and excellence in the following areas of the education we provide. In addition, the boy or girl should have the potential to develop further while at the School.
Academic scholarship interviews and assessments are by invitation only, following the results of the entrance test.
The parents of Year 6 pupils at Warminster School who wish their child to be considered for an academic scholarship should discuss this with the Head of Prep. If he supports the application, he will inform the Admissions Office, and that pupil will be invited to sit the Year 7 entrance test in the same way as an external candidate.
All-rounder scholarships are awarded to those candidates who have applied for a scholarship in more than one discipline and on Assessment Day demonstrated suitably high standards of performances and potential in at least two of them.
For all other scholarships, candidates are welcome to apply. This includes Year 6 pupils at Warminster School. Candidates may apply for more than one scholarship.
Scholarships are generally only offered to pupils at entry into:
Year 7 (11+)
Year 9 (13+)
Pupils joining the School in the Sixth Form (16+) and who wish to apply for a scholarship, should discuss this with the Admissions Office in the first instance. A pupil joining the School outside the standard entry points of Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12 may, in certain circumstances, be considered for a scholarship. The decision is at the discretion of the Headmaster and should initially be discussed with the Admissions Office.
Details of the assessment criteria used for scholarships may be downloaded from the website along with an application form.
Scholarships are awarded annually by the Headmaster and the children will be assessed through tests, exams or observation. They may also be interviewed and references from their current school will be required. Candidates for scholarship must be recommended by their current headteacher.
On rare occasions, an Exhibition is awarded by the Headmaster to a candidate whose achievement falls just short of scholarship standard. Exhibitions may not be applied for.
On very rare occasions, a scholarship may be awarded to a pupil already at the School (usually as he or she moves into the Sixth Form). These will only be in exceptional cases and for outstanding levels of performance and only on the recommendation of the respective head of department. Such awards may not be applied for.
Scholars are expected to maintain their commitment to the particular area of scholarship (Expectations of Scholars) and to be a role model and ambassador for it at all times. While it is usually the case that a scholarship will be held throughout that pupil’s time at the School, all awards are subject to an annual review by the respective head of department (or Deputy Head (Academic) for academic scholars).
The annual review covers issues such as attitude, commitment and participation and is designed to check that reasonable progress is being maintained in those areas of school life which are relevant. Retaining a scholarship is subject to the Headmaster’s approval and in some cases will depend on the pupil studying that subject at GCSE or A level. In the rare event that a pupil fails to meet and/or maintain the criteria specified, the award may be removed. This would not happen without warning.
All scholarship assessments take place at Warminster and are conducted by the relevant head of department. Candidates are encouraged to contact the relevant head of department with any questions. Scholarship assessment criteria in each specialism may be downloaded below.
Scholarship application forms are available from the Admissions Office and should be returned by the deadline.
For September 2019 entry, Scholarship Assessment Day will take place at Warminster School on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
*All awards are subject to an annual review