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We offer a limited number of scholarships each year for pupils entering Year 7, 9 and Sixth Form (Year 12) to recognise and reward outstanding achievement and potential in a range of areas that are important to the school. In return, we expect our scholars to:

  • have a strong work ethic,
  • take a leading role in all aspects of their scholarship subject and contribute positively to school life and our local community, and
  • act as role models, setting a good example to those around them.

There is an expectation that scholars will normally take their discipline at GCSE and/or A Level (depending on their entry point into the school).

The value of the award is determined by the Headmaster and scholarships are reviewed annually against criteria such as talent, effort and progress.

The Nightingale Scholars’ Society

The Society meets regularly and follows a programme of talks by experts on a variety of topics. Scholars are expected to attend small group tutorials with scholar mentors and complete mini projects each term, building a portfolio of work throughout their time with us. The depth and expectation of these projects will increase as our scholars progress through the school.

Applying for a scholarship

To support all scholarship applications, each applicant should complete and return a scholarship application form. Applications must also include a brief personal statement, written by the candidate, to explain why he/she should be considered for the scholarship.

Scholarship assessments take place in the January before September entry.

  • Academic scholarship applicants will be invited to an interview with a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
  • Candidates applying for Art & Design, Drama, Music and Sport scholarships will be invited to attend an assessment led by our Heads of Department.
  • All candidates will receive a briefing about what to prepare and what to expect at the assessment ahead of time.


Our Academic scholars show high academic attainment across the curriculum and contribute to the intellectual life of the school. Click here to read more about our Academic Scholarships. 

Art & Design 

Art & Design scholars demonstrate skill and ability in a range of artistic areas or demonstrate a creative ability within design and show how they experiment and explore their creative ideas. Further information about our Art & Design scholarships is available here.


Drama scholarships are awarded to talented performers who are committed to playing a leading role in all aspects of drama and performing arts at school and within the community. Find out more about our Drama scholarships by clicking here.  


Our Music scholars have a natural flair for performing and/or composing and they will take a leading role in musical performances at school. For more information about applying for a Music scholarship, please click here.


Our Sport scholars display significant talent in their chosen sport. They should already be representing their chosen sport or activity at county level or be capable of achieving a similar standard. Click here to find out more about the Sport scholarship applications.