Scholarships

Through the provision of scholarships, the College is committed to helping talented girls and boys from all backgrounds enjoy a Bradfield education.

Scholarships are awarded for achievement and potential either in a specific field or in a combination of fields. Alternatively, candidates may wish to be considered for their all-round ability, which would take into account their academic achievement as well as their aptitude in any combination of other disciplines.  

The assessments for 13+ scholarships take place at the College in the Lent Term prior to the academic year of entry, while Sixth Form scholarship assessments happen in the November before the academic year of entry.

Scholarships do not attract a reduction on fees. All fee reductions are determined by means testing, although priority is given to those who have won a scholarship. See our bursary policy for more information.

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact our Admissions team.

Stevens Academic Scholarship

Sports Scholarship

Music Scholarship

Drama Scholarship

Art & Design Scholarship

Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship

Scholarship & Bursary Dates for 2018 entry
15 October 2017 Closing date for all Sixth Form scholarship entries
31 October 2017 Closing date for bursary applications
11 November 2017 Sixth Form Assessment Day
13-15 November 2017 All Sixth Form Scholarships (Music, Art & Design, Sports, Drama, Dr Gray All Rounder & Stevens Academic)
15 January 2018 Closing date for all 13+ scholarships entries
18 January 2018 Non Common Entrance and Shell (Year 10) Entry Assessment
30 January 2018 13+ Music Scholarship
3 February 2018 13+ Art & Design Scholarship
5 February 2018 13+ Sports Scholarship - boys
6 February 2018 13+ Sports Scholarship - girls
6 February 2018 13+ Drama Scholarship
8 February 2018 13+ Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship
19-21 February 2018 13+ Stevens Academic Scholarship
31 March 2018 Bursary decisions communicated to parents

Stevens Academic Scholarship

13+ CANDIDATES

Stevens Academic Scholarships are awarded to those who show academic ability and potential across a range of subjects, or for outstanding performance in a particular subject area.

Common Academic Scholarship Examinations for these Scholarships are held at the College over three days during the last week in February of the year of entry. In addition, there is a Bradfield General Paper.

Pupils will sit 60 or 90 minute papers in the following subjects:

English French Religious Studies
Mathematics Geography Latin
Science History Bradfield General Paper


The following subject papers are optional:

Spanish German Greek


In addition to the written papers, all candidates will have short speaking assessments in Modern Languages. There is also an interview with the Headmaster and a further academic interview with a senior member of staff.

16+ candidates

For those entering Bradfield in the Sixth Form, Academic Scholarship candidates are required to be predicted predominately A*s in their GCSE subjects.

The Academic Scholarship examinations comprise of two written academic papers; a General Paper (60 minutes) and a Specialist Subject paper (60 minutes) in the academic subject of choice. In addition, there are formal interviews with the Headmaster and a senior member of staff.

SPORTS Scholarship

13+ candidates

Those applying for a Sports Scholarship should submit a sporting CV together with the scholarship application form by 15 January of the year of entry. Candidates should be of county standard (or equivalent) in at least one sport

On the Assessment Day, which is held at the College in the Lent Term of the year of entry, candidates will be watched in competitive play and will be interviewed by the Director of Sport.

Scholarships may be offered to candidates who excel in one or more of the major sports played at Bradfield or to those who demonstrate achievement and promise in a wider sporting sense.

16+ candidates

Sixth Form Sports Scholarship applicants are assessed in the November prior to the year of entry, the week after the main Sixth Form Assessment Day.

On the Assessment Day candidates will be watched in competitive play and will be interviewed by the Director of Sport.

Scholarships may be offered to candidates who excel in one or more of the major sports played at Bradfield or to those who demonstrate achievement and promise in a wider sporting sense. 

Music Scholarship

13+ candidates

The Music Scholarship Examination is taken during the last week of January of the year of entry.

Candidates are required to offer two pieces of at least Grade V standard in their first instrument and need to offer a second instrument. They will be asked to play at sight, do aural tests of about Grade V-VI standard, and sit a theory paper with the aid of a keyboard (the grades stated correspond to those of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music).

Candidates will also have an interview with the Director of Music and a further interview with a senior member of staff.

16+ candidates

Candidates are required to offer two pieces of at least Grade VII standard in their first instrument and be able to offer a second instrument.

They will be asked to play at sight, do aural tests at Grade VI–VII standard and sit a theory paper with the aid of a keyboard. In addition, there are interviews with the Director of Music and a senior member of staff.

DRAMA Scholarship

13+ and 16+ candidates

For those seeking a Drama Scholarship, the assessment will focus on their ability to express themselves both physically and verbally. Candidates should prepare a short piece (no longer than two minutes) from a published play that they will perform to the group. 

Candidates will also have an informal discussion with a member of the Drama teaching team about their choice of monologue, their wider theatrical interests, and any live productions they have seen recently.

ART & Design Scholarship

13+ AND 16 + candidates

The essential qualities looked for in prospective Art and Design candidates and their work are an evident enthusiasm for their subject, self-motivation, evidence of sensitivity, sound observational skills and a developed imagination.

On the assessment day, candidates should bring a portfolio of their work with them, including sketchbooks and any physical products/work or photographs where relevant.

During the assessment, candidates will complete an observational drawing test and will discuss their work with the Director of Faculty and Heads of respective departments. This is an opportunity for candidates to promote the work they have done, whether in school or outside of lessons, and showcase their genuine interest in the subject.

Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship

13+ candidates

To be eligible for a Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship, the College expects candidates either to be in the Scholarship Stream at preparatory school or achieve a minimum average mark of 65% at Common Entrance.

Candidates are required to sit higher tier papers and this will be taken into account when making the overall assessment. Those candidates not taking Common Entrance are expected to reach a comparable standard.

Those wishing to be considered for their all-round ability will also be assessed academically and will sit a General Abilities test alongside papers in Mathematics and English. They will also be assessed in any disciplines that they wish to be considered such as Art, Music, Drama or Sport. Those offering Music as part of an all-round assessment should play at least one instrument, or sing at Grade III standard or higher and have experience playing or singing in ensembles.

Candidates also have an interview with the Director of Music about their wider interests and an interview with a senior member of staff.

16+ candidates

To be eligible for an all-round award, the College expects Sixth Form candidates to be predicted predominantly A*s and As at GCSE.

They will be assessed academically and will sit a General Abilities test alongside papers in Mathematics and English. In addition, candidates will be assessed in any disciplines that they wish to be considered in their application with practical exercises in Art, Music, Drama or Sport.

Candidates offering Music as part of an all-round assessment should play at least one instrument, or sing, at Grade III standard or higher and have experience playing or singing in ensembles at their previous school.

They will also have an interview with the Director of Music about their wider interests and an interview with a senior member of staff.