Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries and scholarships are not the same. At St Catherine’s, scholarships are awarded on merit and may be offered for academic excellence, or for exceptional talent in Art, Textiles, Drama, Music or Sport. Scholarships are not means -tested.  Bursaries are awarded on formal assessment of proven financial need and after a thorough form of means-testing, but your daughter will still have to show academic ability. Bursaries will be checked every year and if your financial situation changes, so will the amount of any bursary.

11+ (YEAR 7)

There are four Academic Entrance Scholarships available for pupils at age 11.  These are awarded on the results of the Entrance Examination.  Two scholarships are for 20% of the fees payable and the other two are for 10% of the fees.  These run through the Middle School and can be extended through the Sixth Form at the discretion of the Headmistress and in consultation with the teaching staff.


The following scholarships are awarded during the Summer Term L5 (Year 10).  Selection for the awards is based on the results of the June examinations at the end of the L5, performance throughout the L5 year, a Scholarship Examination paper and an interview.  Full details are sent to the parents of all members of this year group at the beginning of the Summer Term.

There are several internal academic Sixth Form Scholarships:

  1. Margaret Kaye Scholarships 
    These are scholarships of 20% of the fees payable to run for three years (through U5 and the Sixth Form).
  2. Sixth Form Scholarships 
    These are scholarships of 20% of fees.  However, this group can be extended by a mix of additional 20% or 10% awards depending on the performance of the candidates and the recommendations of the awarding panel.
  3. The Clare Gregory Memorial Sports Scholarship
    This is awarded for sporting prowess and is for 20% of the day fees in the Sixth Form.  The specific criteria are circulated to parents in the L5 year.
  4. The Sixth Form Art and Textiles Scholarship
    There is an Art and Textiles Scholarship to the value of 20% of the School Fees, awarded during the Autumn Term of U5.
  5. The Sixth Form Drama Scholarship
    There is a Drama Scholarship to the value of 20% of the School Fees, awarded during the Autumn Term of U5.
  6. Scholarships for New Entrants to the Sixth Form
    There are up to three external academic scholarships of up to 20% of fees and these are awarded at the discretion of the Headmistress, to new pupils  joining the School in the Sixth Form.

NB The Sixth Form Art and Music Scholarships may be applied for by external applicants by the end of October each year.


An 11+ Music Scholarship of 20% of the fees and tuition on one instrument may be awarded annually upon entry to an 11+ candidate adjudged by the Director of Music and an adjudication panel to have strong musical talent. A second Music Scholarship of 10% of fees and tuition on one instrument can be awarded in years where the field of applicants is particularly strong.  Applications should be made by November and auditions are in January.   

DEADLINES for music scholarships and awards can be found HERE.

A Sixth Form Music Scholarship is awarded to a pupil entering the Sixth Form – from within the School or as an external applicant -  to the value of 20% of the School Fees.  

There is also a Jennifer Bate Organ Scholarship, offered in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral, which is awarded in alternate years to a girl who is already a good organist or shows potential.  This award is typically for 20% of fees payable, but may involve means-tested bursary assistance if appropriate.

Further Music Awards which cover music tuition, exam fees and sheet music  on a range of musical instruments from chapel organ to piccolo and voice are available to pupils in the Senior School.  Some are specifically for those wanting to take up less ‘popular’ instruments.  Auditions for Awards take place at the same time as Music Scholarship auditions.

For further information about any of the above Scholarships / Awards, please contact the Senior School Registrar - Mrs Clare Woodgates - admissions@stcatherines.info

(NB In each case the fees referred to are the fees payable by the parent for the term in question.)


A limited number of means-tested bursaries is available to external applicants on entry into the School in Form One (7+), U3 (11+) and the Sixth Form.  Awards may be up to the equivalent of 100% of fees and may also cover some essential extras such as uniform, iPad, travel, music tuition, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme etc.  
Applicants will be asked to complete a detailed submission to the Business Manager and then an awarding panel will determine the level of award to be offered subject to the candidate passing the School’s existing Entrance Test and a home visit.  

Priority consideration will be given to Bursary applications submitted by 31st October for entry to the School the following September.  Late submissions may be considered by the Awards Committee on a case by case basis at the next scheduled Awards Committee meeting but the school has limited funds and can make no promises for support. 

Please note that the full discount is given only on the first scholarship. If any future scholarships, awards, bursaries or discounts are given to the same girl, then they are applied to residual fees not full fees. 


Further information can be downloaded from the documents below: