Thorpe House School offers means-tested bursaries from reception to year 11. If the award for the year group has not already been granted to the value of 100%, then the bursary can be applied for at any point in time. Bursary places are awarded to boys who can meet the standard entrance requirements as detailed in our admissions policy and whose parents can show through a means test that they are not in the position to pay full fees. The school uses the services of a third party organisation, Bursaries Administration Limited or BAL, who assess the data provided on the application form and conduct an interview with the family.
If a candidate is not eligible for the full 100% reduction in fees and the year group isn’t full, the candidate ranked second would be offered a place with a reduction equal to the residue of the 100%. The bursary assessments are held at end of January in the year in which the bursary would start.
This is a 50% academic scholarship awarded at Year 3 and subject to continued satisfactory effort and standard of work will be retained until the end of Year 6. Assessment is made through sitting a verbal reasoning test, a maths paper, an English paper and a reading age test. The syllabus for the subject papers is the Key Stage 1 syllabus and to gain a full 50% scholarship a candidate would be expected to gain A grades on the written papers and standardised scores in excess of 130 in verbal reasoning and reading.
Two scholarships are available at the start of Year 7 open to boys moving up from Year 6 and to those joining the school from other primary schools. Subject to continued satisfactory effort and standard of work, the scholarships will be retained until the end of Year 11.
The first is a 50% academic scholarship awarded to a pupil who has the potential to gain at least six A* passes at GCSE. Assessment is made through a reasoning test, a maths paper, an English paper and a science paper. The syllabus for the subject papers is the Key Stage 2 syllabus.
The second scholarship is either an art, music or sports scholarship worth 50% and is awarded to the pupil who shows the most outstanding flair in one of these three subjects:
To qualify for an art scholarship the candidate must show a portfolio demonstrating his artistic work in at least four different media; he will also be expected to complete a pencil drawing of a chosen topic on the assessment day.
To qualify for a music scholarship the candidate must reached a minimum standard of Grade 4 on his main instrument or voice and at least Grade 1 on a second instrument or voice. He will also be asked to perform one prepared piece on each of his instruments, and complete some sight reading on his major instrument.
To qualify for a sport scholarship the candidate should have attended county trials in his major sport or be able to show evidence of a high level of achievement in a county or national competition. He should also show evidence of having regularly been involved in two different sports at a competitive level. During the assessment he will be expected to demonstrate evidence of his skills in his major sport and also his fitness levels through a series of circuits. Finally, he will be asked to provide a reference from a current teacher or coach.
Art, music and sport candidates must sit the same tests as the academic scholarship candidates, but they are not expected to reach the same level of achievement on those papers. However a scholarship will not be awarded to a boy who scores less than 60% in the verbal reasoning test.
In the event of a candidate not quite meeting the standards we are looking for, we will often award scholarships worth less than the full 50%. In those circumstances, we may offer a second scholarship to another candidate so that the total award for the year group is 50%. We will award scholarships to boys entering Year 9 if the scholarships in that year group are not already held by other boys but we do not do this in any other year groups.