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Bursaries and Scholarships

What is the difference?

A Bursary is a means-tested private school fee reduction. It’s awarded based on need following a formal assessment of your financial circumstances. 

A Scholarship is a monetary award in recognition of your child’s outstanding Academic achievement or talent in Music.

You can receive both a scholarship and a bursary if you qualify.

governors consider each case individually at their spring term meeting.


If you would like to apply for a bursary, the first formal step is to indicate your interest in a private school fee reduction on the registration form by the end of the autumn term. After your child has successfully completed the entrance assessment, you will be asked to complete the bursary application form, which requires full disclosure of your income and assets. Governors consider each case individually at their spring term meeting, being as generous as they can with the finite resources available. We will let you know the outcome of your application before the deadline for accepting a place. Rest assured your information is handled with the utmost confidentiality.

The number of Bursaries varies each year according to need. If you do receive a means-tested award, it will be reviewed annually to ensure that financial assistance is only given where there is a real need. 

We know it can feel uncomfortable discussing personal circumstances, which is why it is possible to go through the process without speaking to anyone. If you do have questions you’d like to discuss, please get in touch. We are well-versed in having sensitive conversations discreetly.


RGS Dodderhill awards three Scholarships after the Entrance Examinations. 

  • The Booker Scholarship – academic award for a current pupil moving to Year Seven, worth £1,000 
  • Price Scholarship – academic award for an external candidate entering Year Seven, worth £1000
  • Davidson Music Scholarship – awarded to any girl entering the school in Year Seven. Offering three exhibitions for three pupils to fund their Music Tuition on an instrument for a year, worth £630 per year for each pupil. Please call the Registrar if you want details of the Music Scholarship audition requirements.

All awards are subject to your child making satisfactory progress academically and good behaviour. The full amount of the award is repayable if your child leaves before the end of the GCSE year unless your family is relocating. Please contact us if you would like to discuss scholarships further.

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