Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships at St Edward’s are available for entry at 13+ and 16+

The closing date for 13+ applications is Monday 17th February 2020, the 16+ entrance and scholarship deadline for entry in September 2020 has now passed. The deadline for applications for entry in September 2021 will be in October 2020. 


cademic endeavour lies at the heart of St Edward’s. All pupils are expected to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities for intellectual advancement available to them. For those pupils who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, St Edward’s offers Academic Scholarships and Exhibitions on entry to the School at Year 9 and Year 12. Details for candidates in Year 9 are below left, and the criteria for awarding in Year 12, which all entrants are eligible for are below right.

Entry at 13+

Candidates may only sit for the award at St Edward’s. Candidates not coming from a prep school are strongly encouraged to apply as we take into consideration that they have not been following a specific scholarship or Common Entrance syllabus.

Candidates sit papers in English, Maths, French, Latin, History, Geography and Science, and may choose an optional paper from Greek, RS, Spanish or German.

All candidates take Latin and French except those from schools where the subjects are not taught. The length of time a candidate has been studying the language is also taken into consideration. Past papers are available to be downloaded here. Candidates will also be involved in a group discussion where their ability to lead and support others in scholarly conversation will be explored.


All scholarship candidates will be interviewed. Questions will try to follow up specific knowledge, but will also range more widely around interests, skills and personality. The interviewers will be looking for scholarly potential and evidence of academic and cultural enthusiasm. Reflection on experience, thoughtfulness and perception will count more than accumulation of information.

Entry at 16+

All candidates for Sixth Form entry will be considered for an Academic Scholarship or Exhibition. Examinations are broad based and designed to test potential. They do not test knowledge of a particular syllabus.

The criteria for the awarding of places will be:

  • A range of GCSE passes including six at grades A*, A or B
  • A good performance in the entrance examinations
  • A wide variety of interests
  • The ability to contribute to, and benefit from, life in a boarding school
  • A good report from the candidate’s current school

A Level

Candidates will sit either Maths or English plus three additional subject papers of their choice. Candidates for whom English is an additional language may be asked to sit EAL as one of their four papers.


Candidates will sit papers in Maths and English plus two additional subject papers of their choice. Candidates may not sit the EAL paper.

To apply for an Academic Scholarship, please download and complete the relevant application form from the blue box to the left or top of screen, depending on the type of device you are using.

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