Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries & Scholarships


A limited number of Academic, Music, Sport and Art and Design scholarships are awarded annually to girls entering Year 7 of the Senior School.

The Academic Scholarships are determined by performance in the Year 7 Entrance Tests, together with the group Interview and a School Reference. All girls will automatically be considered for this.

If shortlisted, girls who have applied for a Music scholarship will have an audition with members of the Music Department on the day of their group interview.

Auditions will include:

There will be no written music papers. The potential of a candidate to contribute to the musical life of the school is the principal criterion. Music staff will accompany the girls as necessary but girls may bring their own accompanist if they wish. Music scholars will be expected to play a leading role in the musical life of the school by attending choirs, orchestras and other groups and to contribute to concerts, open mornings and such. Scholarships will be reviewed annually to assess this contribution. 

For the Art and Design Scholarship, a candidate’s potential will be considered as well as achievement. Girls will be required to design a colour poster and undertake a 50 minute observational drawing test. After these tests, if selected, shortlisted candidates will be asked to bring a portfolio of up to five pieces of art, craft or design work showing their creative talents. This may include both two and three dimensional work.

For the Sports Scholarship, girls applying should be competing at a minimum of Club Level, but preferably at County or District Level. Candidates will need to produce a Sports CV and, if shortlisted, have a Sport Assessment on the day of their 11+ Interview.

All successful candidates will be expected to take a full and active part in the extra-curricular programme of the College and to continue to make satisfactory progress.

If you wish your daughter to be considered for any of these scholarships, please contact Mrs Jemma Davidson, Registrar, at: admissions@nwc.gdst.net

Further details will also be sent to you once the registration form is received.


Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are usually awarded subject to GCSE results.


The Girls’ Day School Trust provides a limited number of means-tested bursaries to enable suitably qualified girls to enter or remain in the Senior School. They are available for entry into Year 7 and Year 12. 

GDST Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, though academic merit is taken into account. Bursary applications are assessed independently by the Fees Office of the GDST and applications take into account parental income and assets. 

Bursaries to the value of 100% of fees can be awarded depending on individual circumstances. The bursary will include the cost of lunch, mandatory curriculum extras (such as day trips), a uniform grant, and free use of the coach service (providing the distance from your house to Northwood College is further than three miles). To be eligible for a bursary in Year 7 a candidate must be within the top 20% in the Consortium entrance examination. To be eligible for a bursary in Year 12, a candidate would need to achieve A/A* in their GCSE subjects, or grade 8/9 in their Maths and English GCSEs.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of John Lyon's Charity, who provide one annual 100% academic bursary. For more information and details of eligibility criteria, please contact Mrs Jemma Davidson, Registrar,  at: admissions@nwc.gdst.net


Bursaries must be applied for no later than the end of November prior to entry the following September. 

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