A Bursary is an income related fee reduction. The Whitgift Foundation provides in excess of £5,000,000 of funding for Bursaries annually.  Currently approximately 46% of students receive financial assistance.

This may be an award worth up to about 95% of the school fee dependent upon income. A Bursary application can only be made at the point of application for entry into Year 7 and Year 12 by the specified deadline. The Whitgift Foundation makes available a Bursary fund to support students from low income families as part of its charitable commitment to the community and the education of girls.  

There is a generous but limited annual budget for Bursaries and Bursaries are awarded on the basis of the performance in the entrance examinations and interviews for those who qualify in terms of their income. Usually parents whose family income is less than approximately £80,000 a year (current figures are available directly from the Whitgift Foundation) may apply for a bursary.  A Bursary application must be made in advance of the Entrance Examination.  

The Clerk to the Whitgift Foundation calculates the Bursary award.  The scale of Bursaries can be found on the http://www.whitgiftfoundation.co.uk/.  Scholarships may be combined with Bursaries.

If you are applying for a bursary, please ensure you select the ‘bursary box’ on the Old Palace Application Form.

The Whitgift Foundation Bursary Application Form for 2020 may be downloaded below:





Alternatively you may visit the Whitgift Foundation to complete an on-line Bursary application from the end of September.

Completed Bursary Application Forms, together with all of the relevant documents, will need to be posted or delivered directly to:
The Whitgift Foundation, North End, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 1SS, by 29 November 2019.  

Bursary applications which are not supported by the required documentation and received later than the deadline will not be considered.


There are a large number of financial awards carrying substantial remission which are offered to candidates of outstanding merit and potential, regardless of parental means.  These include: 

- The Whitgift Scholarship, the highest ranking Academic Scholarship, worth 50% of the school fees

- The Ayckbowm Scholarship, the second highest ranking Academic Scholarship, worth 50% of the school fees

- Academic Scholarship, worth 25% of the school fees for Year 7 and up to 50% for Y12 

- Music Scholarship, worth 25% of the school fees. 

- Mathematics Award, worth 18.5% of the school fees

- English Award, worth 18.5% of the school fees

- Reasoning Award, worth 18.5%  of the School fees

- Head’s Award, worth 12.5% of the school fees

- Exhibitions, worth up to 50% of the school fees 

- The Whitgift Scholarship, Ayckbowm Scholarship, Music Scholarship, Mathematics, English, Reasoning and Head’s Awards  are awarded for entry into Year 7 only.

- Academic Scholarships are awarded for entry into Year 7 and Year 12.

- Exhibitions are available for entry into Year 12 only.

All students sitting the January Year 7 entrance test will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship and all awards except for Music. If a candidate is interested in applying for a Music Scholarship or Music Award please  indicate this on the application form.  Once awarded, a Scholarship will remain in place throughout a student’s school career provided she maintains the expected standards. A Year 7 student can receive either an Academic or a Music Scholarship but not both.

Sixth Form candidates may apply for Scholarships during Year 11.  Candidates will be required to complete an application form, a personal statement, a written examination and an interview. Parents of external candidates will also be interviewed. Internal candidates who were awarded a Scholarship at entry in Year 7 will carry this forward into the Sixth Form unless expected standards for GCSE have not been maintained. Candidates may apply for an Academic Scholarship and an Exhibition but can be awarded only one of these. Scholarship offers are conditional upon GCSE results and students meeting subject specific entrance criteria.

A small number of Academic Scholarships are awarded to candidates post-GCSE results.

For further information and an application form for our Sixth Form Scholarships and Exhibitions please follow the links below, or contact our Admissions Registrar.

Click here for Information about our Sixth Form Scholarships and Exhibitions

Music Scholarships and Music Awards. 

At the point of application for entry into Year 7, candidates who wish to be considered for a Music Scholarship or Music Award must indicate this on the application form. The application form for music scholarships may be downloaded using the link below, or a copy requested from the Admissions Registrar, and must be returned to the Admissions Registrar by the specified date. 

Music Awards are offered to musicians who demonstrate outstanding musical potential on at least one instrument.  Music Awards take the form of a financial award to cover the cost of instrumental tuition on one instrument to the value of the cost of lessons taken in School.  The lessons may be taken within school or with a private tutor.

The Music Scholarship is available to an exceptionally gifted musician and is worth 25% of the school fees. 

The same audition process is undertaken for both Music Awards and Music Scholarships. Auditions for Music Scholarships and Music Awards occur early in the spring term

The School reserves the right not to make awards should a suitable candidate not be forthcoming.

Click here for the Music Scholarship and Awards Application Form

Click here for the Music Scholarships and Awards Information


Candidates must be applying for Year 7 entry at the age of eleven.  A good pass at Grade 4 may be taken as a guide to the standard expected when applying for an audition. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to and enthusiasm for music in general.  The ability to play a second instrument is desirable but not essential.  Please note that electronic keyboards should not be offered as either the principal or second instrument.  A brief supporting statement from the candidate’s instrumental teacher(s) should be submitted.


Auditions will consist of:

-Performance of one prepared piece for main instrument (an accompanist can be provided if required)  You do not need to notify us of the piece of composer in advance of the audition.

-Sight reading test

-Aural tests

-Performance of prepared piece on second instrument or voice (if applicable)

-General interview

-Auditions will be held by the Director of Music and one other member of the Music Team.


Those holding Music Awards or the Music Scholarship will be expected to make a strong contribution to the musical life of the School, involving themselves in choral and orchestral activities as appropriate. An individual termly programme for all Music Award/Scholarship holders is devised, bearing in mind examination commitments, national and/or regional orchestras and the school’s music calendar.  It is expected that the Music Scholar will take Music to at least GCSE level.

The School reserves the right to remove Scholarships and Awards if the conditions outlined above are not met.

Exhibitions (Year 12)

Exhibitions are awarded for students demonstrating outstanding talents combined with an above average academic record.  Exhibitions are awarded in Art, Dance, Drama, DT, Music and Photography.  Candidates will be required to complete an application form, a personal statement, a written examination, an audition or subject specific interview and a formal interview.  Candidates are required to achieve a secure standard in the academic scholarship paper and demonstrate significant talent in an audition or portfolio of work.  Offers are conditional upon GCSE results and students meeting the Old Palace Sixth Form entrance criteria.